This Chicken Fried Chicken with Homemade Country Gravy is a true family favorite that always has everyone begging for more. The gravy is to die for!
Oh, how I love a good chicken fried chicken! I know someone out there is reading this and thinking, “How is chicken fried chicken different from the average fried chicken?” Really, there is not a big difference. Some may argue that they are fried differently but probably the biggest difference is that chicken fried chicken is usually served with a country gravy, just like chicken fried steak.
One thing I love about chicken fried chicken is you don’t have to fry it for as long as you would have to fry whole chicken pieces. It is only being fried for a few short minutes on each side and you are done. It is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. We always serve with mashed potatoes (can’t let that gravy go to waste!) and some kind of steamed vegetable such as corn, beans, or peas, as well as a side salad. Trust me, your family is going to love this one!
Chicken Fried Chicken with Homemade Country Gravy
Pound each chicken breast half flat so it is even in thickness, do this carefully, you want it flat but not so thin that it tear (each chicken piece should be about the size of your hand or slightly smaller).
Place chicken pieces in a gallon-sized Ziploc back and pour buttermilk over. Press as much air as you can out of the bag, seal, and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk, set aside.
In a separate shallow dish combine flour, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir until well combined and then remove about 4 Tbsp. of the dry mixture and set aside (this will be used for the gravy later).
Remove chicken from Ziploc, shake off excess buttermilk, and dredge each piece evenly with four mixture. Once coated with flour, lightly shake off excess, dip in egg/milk mixture, then place in back in flour mixture, giving it a double coating of flour.
Set chicken aside on a platter or on wax paper until ready to fry.
Add oil to a large skillet until it is about 1/4-inch full. Heat oil on medium-high heat until it reaches 350-degrees.
Add each piece of chicken to the oil without overcrowding (you may have to do this in batches) for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. Place cooked chicken on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet to catch excess oil. Place in warm oven (about 200-degrees) to keep warm until the rest of the chicken is done and you are ready to serve.
Drain off all but about 1/4 c. of the oil from the pan. Whisk reserved flour mixture into the oil until the four has absorbed the oil. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Whisk constantly and reduce heat to a simmer. Once the gravy starts to thicken, slowly add milk (you may not need all of it) to thin to desired consistency, whisking constantly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over chicken.
More Favorite Chicken Recipes
Chicken is what’s for dinner. It is versatile in the many ways you can season and cook it. It is also inexpensive which makes it a great option when cooking for a family. Here are some more of our favorite chicken recipes:
- Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole – This is an easy chicken casserole recipe for a busy day. Only a few minutes of prep work and the oven does the rest!
- Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken – Alice Springs Chicken is the first thing I tried at Outback Steakhouse and I fell in love. It’s a yummy cheesy, bacon and mushroom delicious hot mess.
- Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken – This Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken is the real deal. The sweet and savory Hawaiian teriyaki marinade is THE best and SO easy to make.
- Honey BBQ Chicken – This is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue! There is something about making your own sauce that makes your food taste so much better!
- Cranberry Chicken – This chicken is baked to perfection in it’s own savory sweet cranberry sauce with sweet bursts of craisins and toasted pecan pieces.
- Malibu Chicken – Growing up, we loved getting the Malibu Chicken from Sizzler. Our homemade version is just as good, if not better, than the original!