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Granny's Fried Chicken

Tender golden fried chicken, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. A favorite of kids and grownups!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 1 small chicken cut into pieces
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 cups Crisco or peanut oil may need more


  • Line a large platter with paper towels or brown paper bags.
  • Season both sides of chicken with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add remaining salt and pepper to the flour in a large bowl and dredge the chicken pieces through the flour, then set chicken aside.
  • Heat the shortening or oil in a large, deep skillet on medium-high until it sizzles when a drop of water is added. This would be about 375.
  • Just before adding chicken, dredge each piece through the flour again, shaking slightly to remove excess, then place each piece one at a time in the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the skillet.
  • Cook, turning about every three minutes until chicken is brown on all sides. This will probably take about ten minutes.
  • Then cover the skillet, leaving one side open slightly to vent, and turn heat down to medium. Cook another 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is deep, golden brown.
  • Dark meat may take a little longer and should be 170 when done.
  • Place chicken pieces on the lined platter and cover with aluminum foil until ready to eat.