Friday, 7 August 2009

Southern Fried Chicken with a surprise

Okay I am from the South in the good old USA and we like to think our fried chicken doesn't get any better. BUT, I came across this suggestion and it is worth considering. It's not completely as good as KFC but it is close . . . .It just needs that "something" else. I am going to try adding Thyme and see if that does it. So let me know if you try something and get that "special taste we all know and love".
Cover your ears "Colonel".

Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 c bread crumbs
1 tsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp Ranch dressing powdered mix
oil to fry
salt and pepper to taste

First, thing pre-heat your frying pan with oil, not on high but just below it. And make sure you have enough room in your pan so they're not too crowded. I probably had a good inch or inch and a half of oil in my pan and added more as needed. I want it to "fry" not pan seared or anything like that. And no lid on the pan either we don't want it to steam and go soggy. We're looking for crispy chicken here.

Take your flour, eggs and bread crumbs and put each into a separate bowl. Add the paprika and powdered Ranch dressing mix to your bread crumb bowl and mix around.

Then dip your chicken into the flour and coat good, then over in to the egg and coat good, then lastly into your bread crumbs and coat as good as you can. Place in frying pan, add salt and pepper and fry each side until golden brown. Then turn down the heat to finish off the chicken.

Those bread crumbs just add a little bit more crunch to the chicken and make it look so much more evenly browned. Just remember it's easy to burn the crumbs.

Let me know how you get along with this. It is worth the effort. We ate it for two days and enjoyed it each time.


  1. This chicken really looks great and I am pretty sure it's better than KFC! Adding thyme sounds good, but how about garlic?

  2. Hi there
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I bet garlic would be good. !

  3. I haven't had southern fried chicken for a long time. Looking at your mouth-watering pictures, I think I am going to make them for dinner tonight!

  4. I don't make it often but every now and then I just "crave" it......Thanks for stopping by !

  5. Sherrie...wanted to let you know Pattylou pasted away Aug 11.Didnt know how to contact you,from bhg boards...hope you read this.