Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken Recipe

Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken Recipe

Sweet tea, sweet corn, mashed ‘taters & fried chicken. That was a traditional Sunday dinner for me growing up. Nothing fancy, nothing you couldn’t pronounce and nothing left over. I couldn’t wait to go to Granny’s house on Sunday’s just to eat ’til my belly popped.

Granny's Secret Fried Chicken Recipe

I was about 10 years old when Granny taught me the secret to her fried chicken. Again, nothing fancy – but maybe a little unique. Granny’s secret fried chicken recipe used pancake flour. Aunt Jemima’s pancake flour to be exact. Grannys-Fried-Chicken

I should have guessed that since she had a humongous collection of Aunt Jemima figurines. She collected them for years and got a pretty penny when she decided to start collecting light houses instead.

Looking back it was a little strange that she always had pancake mix in the pantry. She always made her pancakes from scratch; now I know why she had it. But wait, there’s more to the secret! Grannys-Secret-Fried-Chicken

See, Granny didn’t stop at pancake batter to make her fried chicken the best. Her other secret was in the brine. She used a salt/water/honey brine for her chicken. It always came out perfectly tender and juicy. She let the chicken sit in the brine (covered in the refrigerator)  for 3 ½ hours exactly.

Granny’s Brine:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons salt

Simmer (don’t let it boil) the mixture on medium heat until the salt has dissolved, then let it cool. Pour it over the chicken (in a plastic or glass container) and refrigerate covered for 3½ hours. Fried-Chicken-Dinner

Each time I make this chicken it comes out amazing, but can’t get it quite perfect. It comes close – but there’s always something missing. Either the salt or the juiciness is always a little off. It may be because everyone likes their chicken cooked different here. John likes his almost burnt, Dameon wants his barely brown and I like mine right in the middle. Talk about a lot of work, haha. But the end result is totally worth it.


Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Tender and juicy fried chicken with Granny’s secret twists.
  • 1 chicken, cut up & brined (see above for brine directions)
  • 2 – 3 cups of Aunt Jemima Pancake Flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Mix pancake flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine egg, butter & milk.
  3. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse. Pat dry.
  4. Dip chicken pieces in the egg mixture and then dredge in the pancake mixture. Shake off any excess.
  5. Fry 3 – 4 pieces of chicken for 7 – 8 minutes (or until desired color is reached) and flip. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  6. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

  Have you ever had fried chicken made with pancake flour?

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

scentednights - February 2, 2013

This looks so good. I haven’t had fried chicken in such a long time!

ericasTFLblog - February 2, 2013

Mmmmm, it looks so crispy and delicious! I love fried chicken as long as it’s not too greasy 🙂

    Amber - February 9, 2013

    It is, the crispy part is the best part! Of course the meat itself is wonderful – Granny knows what she’s doing. As long as chicken is drained on a paper towel after coming out of the pan it shouldn’t be greasy at all.

      gaRY jARAMILLO - September 24, 2016

      I use this recipe and always add a touch of chipotle powder to the brine (1/2) teaspoon and my guests just can’t get enough. They love the tiniest touch of spicy chiplotle flavor. People pay me to make it for their big events and occasions. I made over $11,000 last winter making this recipe. I guess that’s what they call Chicken Scratch – HA! Of course, I make a huge batch of buttermilk waffles and honey to go along with each serving of my giant boneless chicken breast.

      Diana - June 2, 2018

      The chicken will stay crispier if it is placed on a wire rack instead of a paper towel.
      IMO of course.

PassportFrugal - February 3, 2013

Amazing. I would have never guessed pancake mix. I believe I will be trying your granny’s recipe. Thank you for sharing!

Emily - February 4, 2013

This looks sooo good! I love fried chicken, but never make it! Maybe next week?

Tiffany C. - February 5, 2013

That chicken looks really delicious!!! I haven’t friend chicken in forever, and I need to, it’s so good. Thanks for sharing a family secret.

Brandy Myers - February 5, 2013

I never thought of using pancake flour for fried chicken. It really is brilliant already containing the baking soda and sugar. Thank you for the recipe I can’t wait to implement it in my kitchen.

Isra {TheFrugalette} - February 6, 2013

Amber, this looks amazing!!! I love fried chicken and seriously what a secret ingredient! Pinned it, I have a whole chicken in the freezer right now, just need to pick up some pancake flour!

    Amber - February 9, 2013

    Thanks, Isra! Granny is a true southern cook – she has lots of twists in her recipes that make them really stand out.

Lena - February 6, 2013

This just looks too perfect – dinner that would make me happy

Nikki - February 8, 2013

This looks so delicious! In fact, just about everything you’ve posted looks amazing! Going to be pinning a lot from you!!

    Amber - February 9, 2013

    🙂 I’m still working on my photography – but I’m getting there! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my posts.

Amber - February 8, 2013

OMG I need some right now…with a bunch of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes! YUM!

[email protected] - February 13, 2013

Does the pancake mix have sugar in it? It seems like the honey plus that would make the chicken taste sweet. Hmm. Sure looks good though!

    Amber - February 13, 2013

    I think it has a little bit of sugar, not overly sweet. I think the tinge of sweetness is what sets her chicken apart from the rest.

      Glenda - February 17, 2013

      What about cooking temp? Medium or medium high? Sounds wonderful!

20 Tasty Chicken Recipes or How to Use Up 40 Pounds of Chicken » Tales From the Nursery - February 26, 2013

[…] Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken by Green Eggs and Spam […]

Liz @ Quirky Vistas - March 3, 2013

Sounds great. I’ve pinned it so I can remember where to find it. Thanks!

Kathie - March 3, 2013

Show and Tell Saturday is still going strong at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love you have you join the party! 🙂


andi winslow - March 4, 2013

I would love to try “Granny’s” recipe so I have printed it off. I’ll let you know how it comes out. Looks delish thanks, andi

Jenny Lynn - March 4, 2013

I have wondered how to make the perfect fried chicken. Book marking the recipe so I can give it a try. I love home fried chicken.

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above - March 5, 2013

This is a great recipe. I love it. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
We hope to see you there.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Brenda - March 5, 2013

Looks delish!! 🙂

Emily - March 5, 2013

Stopping by from Totally Tasty Tuesdays, we love fried chicken! and good homemade fried chicken is always the best 🙂

Katie B. of - March 5, 2013

I completely agree with your granny that brining is absolutely essential to good fried chicken. I’ve never tried breading it with Aunt Jemima before. Clever! If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love - March 6, 2013

This looks divine! It’s being featured today…thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

Faye - March 6, 2013

I was born, raised and live in the south. Fried chicken is a natural for a true southener. I have tried it many ways and so far I have liked mine the best and evidently so did quite a few others. I used to have to fry, it seemed like loads of it for my ex-husband and his coworkers. He shared some at lunch one day, then it seemed like a constant request.
But this chicken looks divine. I have never tried it with pancake flour, but you can bet Aunt Jemima’s is going on my shopping list. Thank you so much for sharing your Granny’s secret. ssssshhhhhh I won’t tell anyone lol

Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade - March 6, 2013

Everybody has a grandma who cooked good chicken it seems. I like the pancake batter with this, different. Thanks for sharing. I found you over at Pin Inspiration Party

Krissy - March 7, 2013

I’ve Never Tried Pancake Batter, But I’ve Often Eyeballed The Cake Flour. I’ve Just Been Too Afraid To Try It. :/ Maybe I’m Way Off On That, But For Some Reason The Cake Flour Just Calls My Name When I Prepare To Fry Something.

Elizabeth - March 8, 2013

I never would have thought to use pancake mix to batter the chicken, but it seems like a perfect idea!

Also, I want to invite you to my new blog round up Pantry Party. This month’s theme is BREADED. This post would be great to have included and any others (or new breaded recipes) you make!

Miz Helen - March 8, 2013

Amber, your Fried Chicken looks so good, and what a great idea for the batter. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

20 Ways to Cook Chicken (poultry recipes) - March 12, 2013

[…] Granny Secret Fried Chicken from Green Eggs and […]

Sandra H @ scrumptilicious4you - March 12, 2013

Hi Amber, This recipe looks sooo delicious! I was wondering if you are deep frying the chicken? Are you just using a little oil in a fry pan or putting the whole pieces of chicken submerged in hot oil? ps. I love your blog! 😉 Invite to visit me @ [email protected].

Adrienne Carver - May 26, 2013

When I began cooking 25 years ago, I used pancake batter to fry chicken. I almost always burned it a little, just like in the picture @the top of the page.

Kathy Sheehan - June 5, 2013

One question: Is it regular pancake mix or the complete? Dying to try it!

Marisol - December 6, 2013

I don’t really like fried chicken to greasy for me. How would I be able to do baked fried chicken with this recipe.

London - January 15, 2014

Sounds about right! Love that my family isn’t the only ones who use Aunt Jemima mix, been using it for years. To me it gives the chicken that extra umph that all purpose flour doesn’t. I will be trying your recipe ASAP!

trina - January 23, 2015

When you say pancake flour. . Is it just plain flour, or is it complete pancake mix? ?

nancy - January 24, 2015

After the chicken fries 7-8 mins, flipped, then how long do you fry the chicken on the ‘flip side’

Nick Silvestro - January 28, 2015

O.K. – we are snowed in…its a blizzard here in Mass…and the other day,I saw this recipe on facebook…and wanted to try it…so while I was at the market,stocking up…for the storm of the century…i got some chicken, and some honey, I had the rest of the stuff around the house……I gotta tell you…we did get the storm of the century,,,and my nanna’s fry chicken…Its the best…better than 11 herbs an spices..secret recipe…better than going into the ghetto…an getting sole food (that was the best fried chicken)
WoW… great chicken…I got to tell you though…I tweaked the recipe a bit…….Instead of bryning it in the fridge…..i put it in in a covered pyrex…and stuck it in the snow for exactly 3 an 1/2 hours!!! thanks for the recipe 🙂

constance lyle - October 28, 2015

It’s GREAT!! I discovered this recipe on my own about 3yrs ago…I was short of I used pancake mix for the second batch totally separate to TELL A DIFFERENCE AND Omg the pancake mix gives you such a perfect golden color with a nice crunch that gives you an AMAZING GOOD FRIED CHICKEN TASTE!! if you like fried chicken give pancake batter a try!!! Any brand I’ve tried several!!!

Mary M. - January 30, 2017

Thanks for letting us in on the secret to perfect fried chicken!

Sandy - July 18, 2017

What kind of oil do you fry the chicken in and at what temp.

Mandy - September 4, 2017

This fried chicken is the best! I cant Thank you enough for sharing this recipe…we will make this for years to come.

Tracey - October 7, 2017

Why do you rinse the chicken after you have brined it?

Holly - January 10, 2018

What temp do you cook it at mine the batter turned black quick

Buddy - February 22, 2018

How much oil and what kind?

Elly - March 28, 2018

Why does it have to be EXACTLY 3 1/2 hrs?

Cheryl Elkins - December 10, 2018

Always drain on a wire rack not paper towels. Makes a huge difference.

Missy - December 15, 2018

What kind of oil please

Sandra - February 23, 2019

The chicken looks delicious! I haven’t fried chicken since I lost my husband almost 5 years ago. I would like to try a different better. I do have a concern about the gravy, does it have a sweet flavor, and also is the batter thick after its fried. Thank you for Sharon Granny’s recipe.

Laura - May 27, 2019

I tried it, was too sweet for my family.

Tera - June 7, 2019

Can’t wait to try!!

D McLemore - July 29, 2019

You mentioned that there is something missing and I “may” know what it is.
My granny made the most delicious biscuits for us when we were growing up and she gave us all the recipe. Nobody could quite get it right, the little peaks that he’s had were flat on ours and the taste was a little off.
One day we watched her make them and that’s when we all said “oohhhh”, she what kind of oil she used. It turns out that the missing ingredient was Crisco.
I wonder if your Granny used Crisco to fry the chicken instead of the vegetable would we all use today.

Walter Hicks - August 30, 2019

I am a disabled senior citizen married 50years and have 9 grandchildren can you please send us some recipes for fried chicken and chicken dumplings and fish thanks

Leave a Reply: