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Southern Fried Chicken With Gravy

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Fried chicken with gravy
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This old-fashioned Southern fried chicken recipe is an excellent choice. The chicken is fried to perfection and served with creamy gravy. 


  • oil or shortening
  • 1 chicken, about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, cut up
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • .
  • Cream Gravy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water


Have a deep heavy skillet or Dutch oven with oil or hot fat about two inches deep.

Combine flour, salt and pepper; sift into a pie plate or wide bowl. Roll each piece of chicken in flour and place in the hot fat (about 370° F). Put the largest pieces in firs, in the hottest part of the skillet. When all pieces are in the skillet and heat is regulated, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove top and turn chicken pieces when the underside is well browned. Replace top for another 5 minutes, remove and cook in open pan until the bottom side is browned. About 30 to 35 minutes in all will be required for cooking chicken if it is not too large. Try to turn the chicken only the one time.

The fat should be deep enough to cover the pieces when it boils up, but make sure you use a deep skillet, preferably one made for frying chicken, and watch carefully.

Cream Gravy
Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 4 tablespoons flour; blend and cook until golden brown, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet. Gradually stir in 1 cup milk and 1 cup hot water. Stir until smooth and thickened; add salt and black pepper. Pour into a gravy boat and serve with hot biscuits, potatoes, or rice.

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 5 out of 5
easy delicious classic gravy, Member cindyInParis

i fried the chicken my own way, in a half inch of oil browning all sides before putting closed in a roaster in a medium oven while taking care of the rest of the meal. i made the gravy almost exactly as in the recipe, but doubling the gravy proportions and replacing a half cup of cube-made chicken bouillon for some of the water and salt. although i do not measure things out very exactly, it was perfect!

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