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Down Home Chicken Recipe

Down Home Chicken

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"This is a real Southern chicken dish. The buttermilk tenderizes the bird and the bacon fat brings back the down home flavor!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings


  1. Place the cut up chicken into a large resealable bag or a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken, seal or cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk. In a bowl, stir together the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, flour and sugar; pour onto a plate.
  3. Heat the shortening and bacon drippings in a large skillet or electric skillet to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and place it into the hot fat. Fry on one side for 10 minutes, then turn and fry 10 minutes on the reverse side. If softer skin is desired, cover the skillet for the last 10 minutes. Remove and drain on brown paper grocery bags. (The smaller pieces will be finished first. The chicken is done when the juices run clear.)
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 23, 2003

The taste is a five, but next time we will do things a bit differently. First, using a whole chicken made it harder to cook through without burning. Next time, we will cut it up into small pieces like chicken nuggets. Second, there wasn't nearly enough cayenne. Next time, we'll double it at least! This recipe takes time if you have a small skillet, so you better be a fried chicken lover to spend the hours.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 22, 2006

I prepared this recipe as directed. I was disappointed at the outcome and my family was less than impressed. I will not be making this anytime soon.


17 Ratings

Jun 23, 2003

This is a fairly simple recipie that tastes "great"! It is the best southern fried chicken recipie I have cooked. My entire family loved it, thank you. Mark Goins North Carolina

Jul 25, 2003

I made this chicken on the 4th of July for the first time, it turned out great everyone loved it. thanks for the great new way to add flavor to my chicken.

Mar 20, 2006

Very, VERY good. Came out a lot like fried chicken, just baked in the oven. The family loved it.

Jun 23, 2003

This is a great recipe my family has enjoyed numerous times!

Jun 23, 2003

recipe was very nice. created a crunchy crust that was wonderful

Nov 29, 2006

Far superior to the fried chicken recipes I tried before. I substituted boneless skinless chicken breasts since we buy them frozen in 3lb bags and always have them on hand. Added a bit more cayenne since my husband usually complains the fried chicken recipes are "bland" and it came out nicely. cut them into stips to make chicken "fingers" and served with french fries.


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  • Calories
  • 697 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 127 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 41.6 g
  • 64%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 43.8 g
  • 88%
  • Sodium
  • 539 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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