Originally posted by Mean Chef.
Make and share this Mean Chef's Southern Fried Chicken and Gravy recipe from Food.com.
- 3 quarts water, mixed with
- 1 tablespoon salt (or substitute 2 cups buttermilk)
- 2 -2 1⁄2 lbs broiler-fryer chickens, cut up
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup bacon drippings (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk (or a combination of the two) or 2 cups chicken broth (or a combination of the two)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- FOR THE CHICKEN: Combine 3 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt in a large bowl; add chicken pieces.
- Cover and refrigerate 8 hours.
- Or cover chicken pieces with buttermilk and refrigerate for 8 hours - if you want to be adventurous, add a 1 or 2 cups of hot sauce to the buttermilk when you marinate.
- Drain chicken; rinse with cold water, and pat dry.
- Combine 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; sprinkle half of mixture over all sides of chicken - for the adventurous you can add 1 stp or more of cayenne or cajun spice to the flour mixture .
- Combine remaining mixture and flour in a gallon-size, heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag.
- Place 2 pieces of chicken in bag; seal.
- Shake to coat completely.
- Remove chicken, and repeat procedure with remaining pieces.
- Combine vegetable oil and bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or chicken fryer; heat to 360ºF.
- Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, skin side down.
- Cover and cook 6 minutes; uncover and cook 9 minutes.
- Turn chicken pieces; cover and cook 6 minutes.
- Uncover and cook 5 to 9 minutes, turning pieces during the last 3 minutes for even browning, if necessary.
- Drain chicken on a paper towel-lined plate placed over a large bowl of hot water.
- FOR THE GRAVY: Pour off pan drippings, reserving 1/4 cup drippings in skillet.
- Place skillet over medium heat.
- Add flour to drippings, stirring constantly, until browned.
- Add milk gradually; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly (about 3 to 5 minutes).
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.
- Yield: 1 2/3 cups.
- Note: If you are using the buttermilk marinade, you can flour the chicken first, dip in the marinade and flour again.