Paula Deen's Herb-Fried Chicken


Fresh sage or parsley are the herbs of choice to complement the flavor of this pan fried chicken. If you prefer, you may substitute all white meat or all dark in the recipe.

Paula Deen's Herb-Fried Chicken
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
14 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 44 mins


  • 1 pound chicken, washed and cut into 8 serving pieces

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup snipped fresh sage or parsley

  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup milk

  • Peanut oil for frying

  • Small fresh sage leaves

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, 2 to 4 hours.

  2. In bowl combine flour, the 1/2 cup herbs, and pepper; set aside. In shallow dish whisk together eggs and milk. Dip chicken in egg mixture then coat with flour mixture. Repeat.

  3. In deep 12-inch skillet add oil to depth of 1 inch (oil will rise as chicken is added.) Heat oil to 350 degrees F over medium-high heat.

  4. Gently lower four chicken pieces at a time into hot oil, (oil may spatter). Cook 14 to 16 minutes, turning after 8 minutes, or until brown and crisp and chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F for breasts, 180 degrees F for thighs). Oil temperature will drop when chicken is added; adjust heat as needed to maintain oil temperature at 325 degrees F. Drain chicken on wire rack or paper towels. Place in preheated 300 degree F oven while frying remaining chicken. To serve, top with sage leaves and lemon wedges. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

694 Calories
45g Fat
35g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 694
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 223mg 74%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 17.7mg 89%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 455mg 10%
Folate, total 108.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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