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Favorite Fried Chicken

Kate Belk | September 4, 2016

In the 1930s, a local grocery store opened in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The mother of the family who owned the business would often cook meals in the rear of the store. Workmen from the area would have a break at 9 a.m. each day, and a plate of leftovers from the previous night’s dinner was always left out for the men to enjoy. Her fried chicken was such a favorite, she always cooked extra just for them. 

Prep Time
20-25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Cook it With Our
Favorite Fried Chicken


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken.
  2. Heat the shortening in a large cast iron Dutch oven or the fryer of a Combo Cooker over medium heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. While the shortening is heating, beat together the eggs and milk in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken. Dip the chicken pieces one at a time in the egg mixture, then dredge them in the flour mixture, then back in the egg mixture and the flour mixture for a second time.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, slowly fry the chicken until it is golden brown on all sides and cooked through. You may need to turn the heat down to prevent the chicken from getting too brown before it’s done. 
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Contributed By: Kate Belk

Kate Belk was the wife of John Douglas Cline. The couple owned a grocery store in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, during the 1930s. 

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