You are here: Home > Free Recipes > Recipes > Chicken > Southern-Fried Chicken, Virginia Style
Southern-Fried Chicken, Virginia Style
Southern-Fried Chicken, Virginia Style

Many Richmonders use only bacon drippings for frying chicken.  It gives a very special flavor.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
11/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 (3-pound) frying chickens, cut into serving pieces
11/2 cups shortening, cooking oil, or bacon drippings (or a combination)

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a paper or plastic zipper bag.  Place 3–4 chicken pieces in bag at a time, close, and shake to coat well with seasoned flour.  In a large skillet, melt fat, add chicken pieces, and cook over moderate heat (350°) until browned and crisp on both sides (do not crowd chicken pieces in skillet).  Transfer chicken to 2 (9x13x2-inch) baking pans and cover securely with aluminum foil.  Bake in a 350° oven for 40 minutes.  Uncover, and continue baking for 15–20 minutes longer, or until chicken is tender and outside is crisp.  Yields 12 servings.
Richmond Receipts

This and other Best of the Best Virginia recipes can be found in:

Virginia Cookbook
Best of the Best from Virginia Cookbook (Full-Color Edition)
Price: $17.95

Selected Recipes from Virginia's Favorite Cookbooks