Irene Cleaves’s Southern Fried Chicken

Fourways Grill, Memphis

Preparation info
  • Serves


    Flour for dusting
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Floyd's American Pie

By Keith Floyd

Published 1989

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As an alternative to gravy, you could serve this chicken with my Memphis Sauce (see the recipe following this one).


  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 eggs, beaten a little milk
  • 1 × 3 lb (1.4


Season the flour with salt and pepper and combine the eggs and milk. Dust the chicken pieces with flour and then dip in the eggwash. In a large frying-pan heat the oil and fry the chicken gently to begin with, raising the temperature until it is as brown as desired and cooked through – this will take about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

To make the gravy, add a little