Southern-fried chicken recipe

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This classic Southern-fried chicken recipe is so easy! Crispy on the outside, this Southern-style chicken's so much better than takeaway chicken

Homemade Southern-fried chicken.
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories480 Kcal24%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat4 g20%

This classic Southern-fried chicken recipe is so easy! Crispy on the outside, this Southern-style chicken is so much better than a takeaway - and healthier too! This Southern-fried chicken recipe serves 4 people and will take around 45 mins to prepare and cook. This spicy chicken has a crisp batter with soft, tender pieces of cooked chicken inside. It's a real American family favourite and is much better for you than your average takeaway (plus its probably just as quick to make too!) This recipe cheats and uses readymade fajita spice mix which means the spice is subtle but if you want to bump up the fire factor we'd recommend adding a teaspoon of mild or hot chilli powder to the mix! Serve with cornbread for a classic Southern-style meal. We love adding potato salad and slaw to our plates too.


  • 8 mixed organic free-range chicken drumsticks and
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 organic free-range egg, beaten
  • 35g sachet fajita seasoning
  • 1⁄2 tsp chilli powder
  • 75g fine polenta
  • 100ml vegetable oil for shallow frying




  1. Heat the oven to Mark 6/200˚C. Fit a grill pan rack into a large shallow roasting tin. In a large bowl, toss the chicken in 2tbsp flour, then dip into the beaten egg to coat thoroughly.
  2. In another large bowl, combine fajita seasoning (reserve 2tsp for the fries), chilli powder, polenta and remaining flour. Add the chicken pieces, one at a time, turning to coat well.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan until hot, add half the chicken, and cook for about 3-4 mins, turning regularly until golden all over. Transfer to the rack. Fry the remaining chicken and bake all together for about 25 mins, until cooked through.
Top Tip for making Southern-fried chicken

Cut the costs of this recipe by using chicken thigh meat instead - it'll taste just as good!

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies