Sunday, January 3, 2016

Grandma's Fried Chicken / #SundaySupper

Grandma's Fried Chicken is a recipe from my mother in law. She is no longer with us, but my husband tells me that she used to make this for the family when he were growing up. She also made it for me, my husband and my son whenever she would come to visit us! She lived far away from us, but every year she would visit for my sons birthday, and she would make her fried chicken. It became a wonderful family tradition!
I thought this meal would be appropriate because this month is National Sunday Supper Month, and we are celebrating eating around the table, together as a family every Sunday! I just love the idea, don't you?! I’d like to encourage you to sign the pledge, and commit to sharing Sunday Supper at least once a month this year, along with me! Please follow this link and sign up! 
As we know, Sunday Supper starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life. And that’s our mission, to get as many folks as possible around the family table. The biggest gift we can give to our family is to hug, laugh, share our stories and enjoy great meals together.

fried chicken
Grandma's Fried Chicken

 (printable recipe)
1 Whole Chicken 
garlic powder
salt and pepper

raw chicken, rinse, dry
Start by removing any gizzards or gravy packs that may come inside your chicken. Rinse the chicken inside and out, with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
chicken wing, raw chicken, cutting
 Cut each wing from the chicken. 
cutting, chicken wing, tip of wing
Cut the tip of the end off.
chicken leg, raw chicken, whole chicken
Cut each leg off of the chicken.
chicken breasts, chicken thighs, cutting, separating
Cut the breasts from the thighs. We do not enjoy the thighs, so we won't use them.
chicken breasts, separating, raw chicken
Split the breastbone down the middle. As you are cutting all the pieces, also cut out anything you might not want to eat, like pieces of fat or blood. Basically, just clean up the piece.
2 breasts, 2 legs, 2 wings
Here are the six pieces we are using.
raw chicken, flour in paper bag
Fill the skillet with approx. 1/4" of oil. Bring the temperature to 350 degrees. Place some of the flour in a brown paper bag, and add the garlic powder, salt and pepper. That's how Grandma did it! Close the bag and shake it. Take a peak to see if the piece of chicken is covered. If it is, take is out and set it the skillet. 
chicken breasts, hot oil
I used two different frying pans to cook the chicken because the chicken breasts will take longer to cook. The breasts should take about 30 minutes, but the wings and legs should only take about 20 minutes. Begin frying the chicken breasts, turning every five minutes. 
wings, legs cooking in oil
Begin a pan with the wings and legs. Turn the wings every two minutes, and the legs every five minutes, until they become golden brown. Use a thermometer to check the temperature. You need the chicken to be around 140 degrees before it goes in the oven.
chicken breasts, oil
 As you are turning the breasts in the pan, don't forget to set them on their sides to brown also.
chicken, warm
Finish your chicken by baking it in the oven at 250 degrees in a roasting pan with a rack while it cooks to a temperature of 160-165 degrees. This gives you time to prepare the side dishes for your meal.
Sunday Supper Meal, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, biscuits
We made the entire meal that Grandma used to make. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, and biscuits. It was a wonderful meal!

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Appetizers and Soups

Main courses

Side dishes


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  1. What a wonderful tribute to your mother-in-law, Teri! Makes me miss my grandmother too as she was the chicken fryer in our family.

  2. That looks amazing! I love fried chicken but I have a confession...I HATE cutting up a whole bird to make it and usually buy the pieces pre-cut.

  3. It's been years since I've fried chicken! Your MIL's recipe looks perfect!!!

  4. Your MIL is smiling down upon you. This is the same fried chicken recipe that I grew up with and still make to this day.

  5. What a wonderful recipe you MIL shared with you! It looks like fried chicken perfection!

  6. That's how my grandma made it too. Nothing tastes better than pan-fried chicken, but I hate to clean up the mess!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  7. Looks delicious! Love that you included photos of separating the bird.

  8. I suck at cutting up a chicken. Now, I have step by step and an amazing recipe to use!

  9. Thanks for the step by step! I suck at carving

  10. Perfectly cooked fried chicken is one of the great pleasures in life. :)