Copycat Southern Classic Chicken Recipe: The Best Homemade Chicken Ever!


Copycat Southern classic chicken is a tasty treat! Try making your own fried chicken from scratch. It is delicious and suprisingly easy.

About Southern Classic Chicken

The delicious fast-food restaurant known as Southern Classic Chicken was founded in 1989 and began offering franchising opportunities in 2020. Southern Classic Chicken restaurants strive to serve fresh chicken that tastes wonderful at a price point that provides high value to their customers. 

Southern Classic Chicken

The restaurant chain was founded by three family members and has tried to remain very family focused. They offer high-quality comfort food at a fast pace with most restaurants consisting of drive-through and walk-up services. Southern Classic Chicken has started out mostly located in the south, throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. With their franchising opportunities, they are continually expanding beyond their current locations. 

Why Quality Still Beats Quantity in the Fast-Food Space

Southern Classic Chicken is focused on providing quality food. This is their main focus and everything else follows. Because of this, they have been expanding in southern states and increasing in their popularity as more and more customers discover their delicious food offerings at a reasonable price. 


Like a typical fast-food restaurant, Southern Classic Chicken has menu offerings primarily featuring fried chicken in various forms. Some of their different menu items are combos, family boxes, chicken and tenders, single pieces of chicken, featured items, chicken and rolls, tenders only, sides, and beverages. 

Take-Out/Delivery Options

Southern Classic Chicken also offers take-out and delivery options available through their own restaurant as well as other companies. 

5 Things To Know About: Southern Classic Chicken

  1. Family-owned business. The second generation of the family is now in charge and guiding the restaurant through expansion.
  2. There is only a hand full of stores that have indoor seating available. Most restaurants have walk-up and drive-through services.  
  3. They are beginning to look towards franchising.
  4. Serves down-home, southern comfort food. 
  5. In the past, the restaurant chain has not been as concerned about its implementation of technology as some of their competitors are. 

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Homemade Southern Classic Chicken

Is your mouth watering for some delicious fried chicken yet? Ours sure is! If you don’t live near a restaurant it is going to be hard to get this chicken to satisfy your cravings. Did you know that you can make a copycat recipe like this fried chicken on your own? I was always under the impression that making fried chicken was really difficult, I was pleasantly surprised when I first gave it a try. It is an easy process to make it if you follow our step-by-step directions below. I will also let you in on a little secret. Making your own fried chicken, at home, will be even cheaper than going to the restaurant too. Now, learn all about how to make this, right in your kitchen! 

Shopping List

Chicken leg, thigh, or breast with bone in skin on
Farm dust seasoning
Garlic powder 
Vegetable oil (for frying)

Recipe | Step by Step Walk Through

This recipe is based on a serving size of four pieces of meat. Please adapt accordingly for more or less chicken that is desired. Please note this is our copycat recipe for Southern Classic Chicken, and not the recipe they actuially use at the restruant.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 Chicken legs, thighs, or breasts with bone in and skin on
2 cups Milk 
1 tsp Farm dust seasoning (or garlic salt)
1 tsp garlic powder
4 eggs, whisked
2 cups flour
Dash parsley
½ tsp salt or to taste
¼ tsp pepper or to taste
½ tsp garlic powder
¾ tsp farm dust (or garlic salt)
Vegetable oil for frying (about 4-5 cups if using a smaller pan)


Be extremely attentive to the temperature of your frying oil. If it gets too hot, it will burst into flames. You will want your temperature for vegetable oil to remain around 350°F. If your oil does get out of control, remove your pan from the burner. If by chance your oil does catch on fire, put it out using baking soda or salt, do not attempt to use water. Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is large and as a last resort. Learn more about the smoke point of oil HERE.


At least an hour before, place your chicken, milk, farm dust, and garlic powder in a bowl to marinate. Allow to sit for one hour or overnight.

Begin cooking by pouring your vegetable oil into a deep pan, and turn your burner to low heat. Insert a thermometer to keep an eye on your oil’s temperature. You are aiming to cook your chicken at 350°F. 

In a bowl crack then whisk eggs until combined. 

In a separate bowl, add flour, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and farm dust. Mix to combine. 

Now, remove your chicken from the milk mixture, and dip it into the egg mixture and turn it so that it is completely coated. Next, dip your piece of chicken into the flour and gently spoon the flour so that the chicken is completely covered. Take that same piece of chicken and dip it back in the eggs and then back in the flour. You want each piece of chicken to be coated in egg and flour two times apiece. 

After it is covered the second time, you can now place it in your heated oil. Cook in oil that is at 350°F, until the internal temperature of your chicken reaches at least 165°F. 

Remove your chicken from the oil and place it on a plate lined with a paper towel. Allow to sit for a few minutes until the extra oil drips off. Serve while hot and enjoy! 

egg and flour
egg and flour with leg dipped
fried chicken in oil
mostly cooked chicken frying
finished cooked chicken


There are three very important steps that you need to be sure to not overlook in this recipe. Follow these and you will end up with delicious fried chicken that can rival Southern Classic’s Chicken! 

Oil Temperature. Be sure to monitor the temperature of your frying oil at all times. You need it to maintain a temperature as close to 350°F as you can get. If you see the temperature spike up, remove the oil from your burner right away to avoid encountering the oil’s smoke point. Maintaining a temperature of 350°F will also allow your chicken to cook evenly and not get overly done on the outside, but still, have your chicken raw on the inside. 

Double Dip. By double-dipping your chicken in egg and flour respectively, you have a better outcome in the fried texture of your chicken. One coat of each just does not do as good of a job. 

Temperature. Before determining that your chicken is done cooking, be sure to use a meat thermometer to check your chicken’s internal temperature. Your thermometer must read at least 165°F in order for your chicken to be safe to eat. It is a good practice to check the temperature in a few different locations so that you can be sure the piece of chicken has been sufficiently cooked throughout the inside. 

Nutrition Facts 

Some health benefits about this recipe for southern fried chicken is that it is high in protein. This dish also contains vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. 


Can it be frozen?

Yes, this recipe for Southern Classic Chicken can be frozen, however, it is best fresh. 

What is the best way to store this chicken?

The best way to store this chicken is in an airtight container or ziploc bag. It can be stored in your refrigerator or in your freezer. 

How long is it good?

If kept in the fridge, this chicken should be good for three days. If you place it in the freezer, it will be good for up to three months. However, it is going to be best the sooner you eat it. 

How do I reheat leftovers?

The best way to reheat leftovers is in the oven, at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until it is warm. You may also microwave for a minute or two to warm it up, however, microwaving it could change the texture a bit. 

Have you tried this recipe? Let us know what you think about it! 

Southern Classic Chicken is a favorite for many people. Try making your own homemade southern classic chicken in your own kitchen. It is surprisingly a simple process, just follow the seven easy steps outlined above, and you will have delicious chicken to enjoy! 

Side Dish Ideas:

French Fries
Mashed Potatoes
Baked Beans 

Southern Classic Chicken one piece

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