Sunday, June 29, 2008

Phyllis Hoffman's Fried Chicken Recipe

Sweet Penny from Lavender Hill Studio, who makes the most beautiful Mosaic pieces, said that she would love to have Mrs. Hoffman's Fried chicken recipe, so here you go Penny:

yield: 4-6 servings

2 quarts chicken broth
1 cup white Worcestershire sauce
1 (3 1/2 to 4-pound) chicken cut into 8 or 9 pieces or 3 pounds chicken pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground white pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup or more canola oil or other vegetable oil (for frying)

1. In a large bowl, combine broth and Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken and marinate for 1 hour, covered, in refrigerator. Drain chicken and -pat dry with paper towels.
2. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine flour, salt, and pepper.
3. In a medium bowl, place buttermilk.
4. Dredge each chicken piece in flour mixture, dip in buttermilk, and dredge in flour mixture again. Set aside.
5. In a large heavy skillet (preferably cast iron), pour 1/2 inch oil and heat to 325 over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, beginning with dark meat pieces. keeping oil temperature between 325 and 350, fry chicken on each side for 5 to 6 minutes covered, and then 5 to 6 minutes uncovered, turning twice. Total cooking time should be 20 to 24 minutes. (Chicken is done when a thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 165). Drain chicken on a wire rack.

Tip: If you have the time, marinate chicken pieces overnight in buttermilk rather than chicken broth and Worcestershire. Buttermilk, which has acidic properties, tenderizes the chicken and improves the flavor.

To make this chicken I did the soak overnight in buttermilk option that Mrs. Hoffman recommended in her Tip and I recommend it to. The soaking overnight in the buttermilk is what I think made this chicken so delicious.

The picture above is page 161 from the book ~ Southern Lady ~ Gracious Tables by Phyllis Hoffman and is available on Amazon.

Tina at Cherry Hill Cottage, who has an adorable cottage herself, is featuring photos of her sister's Texas home that are amazing. If you like looking at cottage style homes you might enjoying seeing Kathy's beautiful home.


  1. My late MIL used to marinate game meat in buttermilk overnight to remove the gamy flavor and tenderize

  2. Sounds delicious, Sue!

    Have a wonderful week.

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  4. I just visited Cherry Hill Cottage - thanks for the tip! What a beautiful cottage! Gives me lot's of ideas! S

  5. Hi Sue! Thanks for the recipe. It looks so good, like my grandmother used to make! I have added it to my summer recipe swap post:>)

  6. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Yum, this sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Sue, I love Phyllis Hoffman too! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will have to try it! I will add you name to the drawing! I am also going to add your name to my blog list! I just love your style and I am going to come back over later today and enjoy reading some of your posts. I would love for you to add me to your blog list as well. Hope you have a great day and thanks for coming by, and for the comment! Nancy


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