A Little Bit of Chicken Fried

Inspired by the men of the Zac Brown Band, this month I decided on Fried Chicken for the Cookbook Challenge. It’s a southern staple, along with sweet tea, pick up trucks, & football.

Instead of searching online for the perfect recipe, I was challenged to find it in a cookbook, and I knew just were to look.

There are thousands of recipes in the 1,132 pages of Joy of Cooking, & it had the perfect fried chicken recipe for me to follow. Not to hard, not all that easy, but attainable for a frying novice…

For those of you that don’t have your magnifying glass on hand, here are the ingredients & recipe.

Cast of Characters: chicken, all-purpose flour, milk, two eggs, oil, salt, & pepper.
{In efforts to make this a little better health wise than it truly is, I used whole wheat flour.}


1. I used 3 chicken breasts for this task & sliced them each in half. (Next time I’ll probably cut them in a way that thins them vs. just making the pieces smaller, but still thick.)

2. Salt & pepper the chicken

3. Crack 2 eggs in bowl one with 1/2 a cup of milk. In another bowl mix 1 1/2 a cup of flour, salt & pepper

4. In a deep pot (or deep fryer if you happen to have one) pour 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil

5. Dip the chicken in the flour, then the egg mixture, then coat again in the flour…

6. All that’s left is to drop them in! Every 2 minutes or so I turned the chicken over to try & keep the cooking even. I fried the pieces in two separate rounds, at around 10 minutes each. Some of the pieces took a little longer because they were too thick…

7. After around 10 minutes, I pulled out each piece and placed them on a paper towel.

And there you have it, a little bit o’ chicken fried…

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