Fried Chicken

You can make perfect fried chicken at home!

Perfect Fried Chicken

My introduction to blogging was when I read the book Julie and Julia.  A book about a women who decides to cook every recipe of Julia Child in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She blogs daily about her adventures and experiences.  I loved that book and I loved the movie that came out last year about the book (in fact, it was one of my Christmas presents this year!)

I loved it so much that it inspired me to start this blog two and a half years ago!  It has now inspired me to set a goal for 2010.  You all know how much I love the Pioneer Woman, I’ve shared many of her recipes here on the blog over the last few years.  Well – I’ve decided that one of my goals for 2010 is to cook every recipe in  Pioneer Women’s new cookbook this year.

Fortunately for me her cookbook isn’t nearly as big as Julia Child’s!

So once a week (usually Fridays) I will share my PW recipe of the week – yes it will be Ree and me or Ree and Leigh {Anne}.  Aren’t I lucky that our names rhyme.  I guess it was just meant to be!!

I decided that the first recipe I shared should be something that I have never cooked before – ever.  That would be fried chicken.

My second oldest son LOVES fried chicken, I mean really truly loves it.  A bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken all to himself is a dream come true.  If you ask him where he wants to have dinner – his usual response will be “KFC!”  I am not a huge fan of “KFC” or fried chicken.

While the kids were home for the holiday break I asked each of them what they wanted me to fix for dinner and Clark’s response was, you guessed it, fried chicken!  He didn’t want me to buy it, he wanted me to make it.

Lucky for me Ree has a recipe for fried chicken in her cookbook!

I am happy to announce that the fried chicken met with rave reviews.  In fact, my fried chicken loving son announced at the dinner table that it was the juiciest chicken breast he had ever eaten!

Perfect Fried Chicken

I followed the directions exactly, I bought two cut up chicken fryers and let them soak in buttermilk for 24 hours.  I am not sure if it is the buttermilk or the cooking process that makes the chicken so moist and juicy but it worked!

Of course fried chicken requires quite a bit of oil.  PW’s method for making fried chicken was different than other recipes I had read.  She uses a combination of frying and baking.  As she mentions in the cookbook one of the hardest parts of making fried chicken is getting the chicken cooked all the way through without burning the breading – the frying/baking combo does the trick!

One of the main tricks to frying is to get your oil to the right temperature.  Ree tells you to fry it at 365 degrees.  I had a hard time getting my oil that hot, it probably only got up to 300 degrees but it worked fine.  I fried it up, just like Ree in my Dutch oven!

My photos of the chicken are not the greatest, it was late and dark and everyone was hungry.  I promise, I will do better in the future, out of respect to Ree.  But if you want to see some great fried chicken pictures be sure and check out Ree’s cookbook. (Yes, those are PW buttermilk biscuits too, that post will be coming soon!)

I am taking requests – is there a PW recipe you’d like to me to make and review?  Something you’ve been drooling over but haven’t had a chance to make yet??  Leave a comment and let me know!

The Pioneer Woman Cookbook: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond


Fried Chicken:Ree & Leigh{Anne}
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • 2 cut-up fryer chickens
  • 1 quart plus ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup milk
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying
  1. Rinse your chicken and in a large bowl add the chicken with 1 quart buttermilk
  2. Refrigerate overnight
  3. When ready to fry, remove chicken from bowl and let sit on counter for 30 minutes to take chill off
  4. Preheat oven to 350F
  5. Stir together the flour, seasoned salt, pepper, thyme, paprika and cayenne in a very large bowl
  6. In a small bowl combine the ¼ cup buttermilk and the milk
  7. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and use a fork to mix until still slightly lumpy
  8. The lumps help the breading stick to the chicken
  9. Heat 1½ inches of oil in a deep skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat to 365F
  10. Use a thermometer to monitor your heat
  11. Working in batches, thoroughly coat each buttermilk-soaked chicken piece with the breading, pressing to adhere the breading
  12. Add the chicken to the oil 3-4 pieces at a time
  13. Cover pan and fry 5-7 minutes, checking to make sure chicken isn’t getting too brown
  14. Turn, cover and cook additional 3-5 minutes more
  15. Monitor temperature of oil to make sure chicken doesn’t burn
  16. Keep in mind chicken will finish cooking in oven
  17. Place chicken on baking sheet and continue frying rest of chicken
  18. When done, bake the chicken for 10-15 minutes, until chicken cooked through
  19. You can cut into one of the thicker parts of one of the pieces to make sure it is thoroughly cooked


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Michele says

    OH I want this cookbook soooooo bad!!! It is my only birthday request (which is in May if you wanted to know) :) Have you tried her Hot Crash Potatoes or Ranch Style Chicken? That would me my request.

  2. Ann says

    I received the PW cookbook for Christmas!! Just last night I made ‘Marlboro Man’s favorite sandwich’ and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Michele–the Crash Hot Potatoes are a frequent request from my family…delicious!! Leigh Anne–I, too, have the goal of making everything in the PW cookbook!

  3. says

    What a cute idea, Leigh(Anne)! :)

    I’ve never made fried chicken either because the large quantities of oil turn me off but this version sounds absolutely delectable. Can’t wait to see what you try every week.

  4. Robin says

    One of my Christmas presents was the PW cookbook. I love it! I have been wanting to try the chicken fried steaks, how about trying that one?
    We made the Crash Hot Potatoes last night for dinner, it is one of our favorites.

    Love your blog, Leigh Anne !

  5. Shannon R. says

    I also received the cookbook for Christmas and love it. I wanted to try the mocha brownies but am not a coffee lover. I have hesitated b/c I am unsure if they will taste to “coffee-ish”. Please try them first and let me know. Thanks.

  6. says

    Please make the brisket! I have been dying to make it, but my husband is on a pretty strict diet. For now I will wait with my mouth watering for your review! I also have a goal to cook through the entire thing!!!

  7. Tammy says

    Sounds like fun – I have tried a few of them, but the brisket didn’t work out at all!! I threw the entire thing in the trash. Maybe because I one that was just way too small, but it was like rubber. So any tricks you can pass along for that one would be great.

  8. Tina Messick-Hudgens says

    I am SO excited about PW fried chicken recipe (above). Funny story, Fried Chicken is my husbands FAVORITE thing of all time and I have NEVER been able to make it like his “mama”. So for Valentines Day, I made a full course meal mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits and (then I went a bought the fried chicken at KFC). He enjoyed it and I didn’t have to mess it up! So, I will be trying this recipe for sure (and I will do it until I perfect it!) Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I love your blog too, it’s one of my first ones to follow and I am just loving all your recipes!

  9. Debra says

    Great job on taking on fried chicken … I’ve been too “chicken” to try it myself. But I recently bought PW’s cookbook, too, and am wanting to try it for myself. I did try PW’s mocha brownies, but they didn’t turn out. I followed the directions exactly, but they were horrible. I’m sure they are supposed to be wonderful, but don’t know what I did wrong. Would love it if you could try that recipe and share your thoughts.

    For those who mentioned PW’s brisket, I made that and it turned out well. The only caution I would give is to use low sodium soy sauce as her cookbook states. I only had regular soy sauce & it was way to salty.

    Thanks, Leigh Ann, for a wonderful blog! Happy New Year!

  10. Valerie H. says

    The night before last I went to bed with Ree’s cook book. I am one who reads recipe books like a novel. Not only did I love meeting her at the Denver book signing, but I love her recipes that I’ve tried (except for the comfort meatballs, sorry!). I also never have made fried chicken even though I am sure I would enjoy eating it. Your braveness paid off Leigh Anne as you made Clark’s favorite meal. Your pictures of the chicken were great too!
    The recipe I was wondering about is “Iny’s Prune Cake with Buttermilk
    Icing” I wondered if it’s really a keeper recipe. Not sure about the prunes.
    So I’m sending the challenge your way. :-)
    This will be fun to see what you make each Friday.

  11. Melissa says

    I got the cookbook for Christmas from my sister. Before she gave it to me, she made the lasagna (the stinker!). It was THE best lasagna ever. (On the other hand, my sister made The Bars from a guest post on Ree’s site, and they were lame. They didn’t taste like anything special.)

    Anyway, after I read through the book like a novel (that is the ONLY way to read a cookbook, IMHO), I thought to myself, “I think I could cook my way through this book.” This week I made the country fried steak. It was a huge success! My family spent the last 19 months in Oklahoma, where the guys developed a deep-seated addiction to country fried steak. I was so glad this recipe turned out! On the flip side, my husband likes white gravy with lots of black pepper on his steak and potatoes (and biscuits). He didn’t like Ree’s gravy all that much.

    I’m really looking forward to cooking more of her recipes from the book.

  12. says

    Leigh Anne-this is so exciting and I must say better you than me (not that I don’t want to try this, but not sure that PW is on my health kick this year. So, I can live vicariously through you!!) And, I just got back from renting the movie Julie and Julia. Wow! Great idea and Good luck–I’ll be especially looking forward to Friday’s posts!

  13. says

    I am excited for your goal! I have wanted to do a similar thing, but just can’t right now in life. Have you ever thougth about putting a book together? I have wanted to have a book of your blog! I absolutely love it! You inspire me!

  14. Mindy says

    I bought her cookbook the day it came out. I’m excited to see how your cooking journey progresses. Everything I’ve tried has been excellent. I would like to see how your Migas or Brisket turn out. I’ll stay tuned. Not sure if you’ve tried her Individual Raspberry Cobblers, but I can eat almost the enitre batch by myself.

  15. Amy says

    I LOVE PW’s cookbook! Last night I made her Country Fried Steaks and they were time I might pound the meat thinner and thought about making Chicken Fried Chicken after flattening some chicken breasts. Also, her Pot Roast is to die for! I’ve never had such good results as I did with her recipe even with a crock pot! I’m looking forward to see what you make next. I’d like to see Marlboro Man’s sandwich.

  16. Catherine says

    Sounds like a great idea to me, Leigh Anne! I missed Ree when she came to Tulsa, and I don’t have her cookbook yet – but my birthday is a month away, so maybe then . . .

  17. says

    I have the cookbook and I cant’ wait to see what recipes you try from it!! The chicken does look wonderful (even though I’m fond of Paula Deens recipe)

  18. says

    I met Ree when she came to Dallas and I have her cookbook as well.

    I have yet to try a recipe that I did not like.

    You’ve gotta make the cinnamon rolls. I made them as Christmas gifts and they were a hit!

    What a yummy goal- to cook everything in her book in 2010. Enjoy!

  19. says

    I , too, have this book and am trying the pot roast tomorrow. Hopefully, it’ll be a winner. My hubby can’t wait for me to try the Marboro Man’s favorite sandwich. I plan to make that this week, too.

  20. says

    Am I the only one without this book!?! I need to get to the bookstore soon!

    I love this idea Leigh Anne. It sounds like fun! The chicken looks delish…maybe I’ll make it tomorrow!

  21. LuAnne says

    Would love to have you try to make these. Seems interesting and would
    really like to know how they taste. Wondering if turkey bacon could
    be used instead of regular bacon????

    **Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies. Major, Major Yum. **

  22. Anh says

    I’m on my laptop after 1:00 a.m. starving because your fried chicken looks so yummy. I’m craving fried chicken big time. I have three more of your recipes I’m anxious to try. This Fried Chicken, the Orange Chicken and General Tso’ Chicken with Green Beans. I’ve made your Cheese Enchiladas and that was a big hit, also tried shredded chicken with your Enchilada recipe. I made the Banana Bread with sour cream – yum. The recipes not only came out tasting delish, they also looked picture perfect. I follow your advice on frying the corn tortillas for 30 second each side – no tearing. I only had one bread pan for the banana bread so I made an extra batch using muffin pan and they came out looking their bakery best. I was so proud of myself. My hubby and children loved my new talent ~ thanks to you and your blog. I really love your recipes because almost all your ingredients are items I have in my pantry and your ingredients are not a mile long. Please keep on blogging, you are my new Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

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