Dinner · Poultry

Mama’s Fried Chicken

Christmas shopping has worn me out. Every time I think my list is complete, I remember someone I forgot. Trying to stick to my budget has been challenging. What do you buy for distant relatives you may or may not see and you know they are not buying you anything but you can’t walk in empty handed for them when you bought for everyone else? I looked at food baskets, throw blankets, sweaters but I did not know there size, then I saw them…SLIPPERS done! Good enough!
And I love slippers. I hope someone got me some slippers cuz I would so be walking around in them right now.
Anyway yeah this is crunch time and no time to spare. In between shopping, wrapping, getting holiday outfits ready, making reservations here and there, haircuts, prepping my holiday menu, eyebrow waxing, let me tell ya, there is no time for a decent meal. So I decided that today I would take the day off, recharge and make some good old Mama Ruby’s fried chicken. 
Yup she taught me this and she always said: “Always use Self rising flour.” Self rising flour is flour with baking powder and sometimes a bit of salt added to it. She swears by it and you really can tell the difference between chicken fried with all purpose flour and chicken fried with self rising.  I find that it gives foods a little more rise, a little more lift.
So while I take the day to eat and recharge for more holiday craziness, here is our fried chicken recipe that I would like to share with you today: 
10 chicken drumsticks 
1 pound chicken breast tenders
1 package white mushrooms
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
4-5 cups vegetable oil for frying
3 cups self rising flour
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
In preparation for the frying I first add flour into a large plastic tub that has a fitted top. I use this bucket only for dredging meats. I also add the salt, pepper and garlic powder to bucket.
Stir to combine and set aside. 

Cut potatoes into wedges and place in a plastic container and add water just to cover potatoes. This will keep them from getting brown.

I like to remove the skin from the drumsticks. I just think it adds too much fat and it tastes just as good without it. I do this be removing the skin with a paper towel. It’s much easier than just using my hands.

Then place chicken drumsticks, tenders, potatoes and mushrooms to the flour filled container. 

Place the top on container and make sure it’s on good then start just shaking container back and forth to coat chicken.
Heat oil in large skillet to about 350 degrees.  Add some chicken pieces along with some potato wedges and a few mushrooms in pan to cook. Don’t overcrowd pan and cook in batches. Usually when the mushrooms are a little browned, they are done. And very addictive. The potatoes usually take around 5-8 minutes to get browned, crispy and done. Turning occasionally as not to burn. 
The chicken may take a little longer.

About 8-10 for white meat 13-15 for dark meat. Be sure to turn occasionally so they don’t burn. I usually set a timer for 3 minute intervals in between turning. Cook until chicken is browned and juices run clear. Smaller pieces cook faster than bigger pieces. I always use a food thermometer to make sure the chicken is done and the temperature of the cooked chicken is 180 degrees. Drain on paper towels and let rest 5-7 minutes before serving.


I serve with my husbands favorite dip that consists of Ketchup, Tabasco and a bit of lemon juice combined. Delish! 





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