Friday, February 10, 2012

Fried Chicken , Jesse Style

My mother, and probably thousands of other mothers in the south prepared their chicken this way. It is very simple in ingredients, but second to none if prepared correctly. I have tried to re create this version as well as my mom did it, but I haven't mastered it enough to depend on  my chicken turning out perfect every time. I guess part of the reason is, I don't use 'fat' like they did in the old days. I don't even know if vegetable shortening was around back then, but most of us use vegetable oil these days for frying. My mom cut her chicken up into smaller pieces, probably because she was cooking for eight and had to make sure we all got a piece. She did her best to keep us from fighting over which piece we wanted, but it was pretty much, Dad aside, he always had his piece set aside, first come, first pick. No whining if somebody beat you to the piece you wanted. Her old iron skillet had something to do with the mmmm factor, I'm sure. Very important; always use bone in, skin on chicken for authentic Southern Fried Chicken. Even though Jesse doesn't specify, I'm sure he would agree. Why not fry up some chicken Jesse style? It has worked for thousands of southern cooks for centuries. I say if ain't broke, leave it alone!


  1. We're nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. :)
    Love your blog!

  2. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoy it. I try to only post things that I know first hand are good and blog worthy. I realize I may not have the prettiest blog around, but I promise to only post yummy, mostly practical offerings that I and my family find delicious. Again, thanks for your support and kind words. You just made my day and inspired me to keep it up. I am fairly new to this, and sometimes I wonder if anyone is even reading it. There have been times when I think to myself why I'm doing this. One of the main reasons I have chosen to do it is because we all need a little help sometimes when it comes to preparing good affordable food. Also, it seems every few weeks somebody will call or text me wanting a recipe I have shared with them and they can't find it. Well now I say "It's on the blog." So much easier! Stay tuned, I am going to be featuring some Vegan stuff my son has been cooking lately. Never thought this ole Southern carnivore would be promoting vegan stuff, but some of it is wonderful! Thanks again! Lila

  3. I've never thought about using evaporated milk...I'm going to have to try that! Thanks for sharing