Thursday, April 7, 2011

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken...Italian Style!

I have an Aunt Rose and when she would make this dish we would all cheer. It is something special. We'd ask her what this dish was called and she would say it was Fried Chicken. Her Italian heritage is from Southern Italy. So from that point, I've affectionately called this Aunt Rose's Southern Fried Chicken.
 I can remember my mother, who was a fabulous cook, lick her fingers clean, and if she could have, she would have licked the dish clean! (She probably did when we weren't looking!)
Aunt Rose always made this with chicken on the bone. I have made this with boneless chicken breasts and while it is still delicious it's just not the same. We all know that meat is always sweeter on the bone!
This is not a weight watchers dish. If you are afraid of pan frying and butter you don't have to look any further, this dish is not for you! Get the Italian Bread ready, you are going to want to dunk!
I would like to also tell you that this is not exactly how my Aunt Rose made it. She never wrote down the recipe for me, so if I've omitted something or added something a little extra to the recipe, I apologize.  It's still delicious! And whenever it's made we always think of Aunt Rose!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chicken pieces on the bone
oil for pan frying
salt and pepper to taste
garlic cloves, the more the better
fresh lemons
butter, at least one stick

Beat a few eggs in a bowl and season with your salt and pepper. In another bowl combine some seasoned breadcrumbs with a little flour. Dip the chicken in the egg wash and then lightly bread the chicken pieces.

In a large frying pan or skillet add vegetable oil and pan fry your chicken just so they get some color on both sides. You don't have to cook these through, they are going to go into the oven to finish.

After all your chicken has been pan fried layer the chicken in a baking pan. My lasagna pan is the perfect size when making this dish for my family. Plenty of room for plenty of chicken.  Add some crushed garlic. I used about 8 cloves and crushed them with the wide end of the blade on my chef knife. Add juice from 2 lemons and season with some salt and pepper.  Cut up a stick of butter, and put it all around the chicken. Cover with foil and bake the chicken for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the chicken falls off the bones.
Take out of the oven. Serve this with plenty of bread. Rice is good with this dish too! Your going to love the taste of this!
Bon Appetite!


  1. Tis looks beautiful...Mouthwatering... a Fried Delight ! J n C <3

  2. This looks so good! The dish you took in looks awesome!