Let me tell you about one of the stereotypes for us southerns, that is actually true. We like our tea sweet and our chicken fried. Now, I don’t eat like this all the time, because it’s not that healthy and it’s so difficult to find the combo up in the midwest, well it’s actually rare.
So this brings me to my momma’s fried chicken and sweet tea recipe! WOOHOO! When I first called her a few years ago getting the recipe, she made a statement saying that “my fried chicken is good honey, but I made my best when I was your age.” I laughed and said “momma, age is not an ingredient.” She said “you’ll see one day.” Well I haven’t quite seen it yet but there’s still time!
My Momma’s Fried Chicken
2 1/2 Cups of all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of salt and pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of poultry seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon of cajun seasoning ( I prefer Slap Ya Mama original blend of cajun seasoning Link here Slap Ya Mama
2 Eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup of milk (2% or whole)
1 Whole Chicken (2 to 3 lbs.) (I prefer white meat chicken)
1 Quart of vegetable oil for frying
- In 1 bowl; mix flour, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and cajun seasoning. In the other bowl, beat eggs, and then mix milk in with the eggs.
- Heat up oil in frying pan to about 325-350 degrees, (F).
- Dip each piece of chicken into the milk/egg mix then into the dry mix. Repeat with the dry mix 1 more time. Make sure the dry mix is coated thick on the chicken before keeping it into the oil.
- After chicken is prepped, deep each piece into the oil for about 12-16 minutes or until brown. Make it as crispy as you want!!
Now my dad makes the best sweet tea so here you go!
My Dad’s Sweet Tea!
3 Bags of Lipton Tea Bags ( I just have always used lipton tea bags. you can use whatever you like)
2-3 Cups of Sugar
1 Gallon of Water
1 Tea Pitcher
- Boil a medium pot of water. Once the water is boiling, add the 3 teabags to the boiling water. Let the teabags seep for a minute and then turn the temperature down to low. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
- Grab your tea picture and add your sugar. Pour the water and tea mix into the pitcher and stir until the sugar dissolved. Do not add the tea bags into the pitcher.
- pour hot water into the medium pot over the tea bags and add that seeped water and tea to the pitcher. Repeat this step a few times until pitch is almost full.
- After tea pitcher is full, stir well and place pitcher in the fridge for about an hour (longer if you can)(Throw away the tea bags)!
And P.S. You will not need any lemon or other additives unless you want something a little extra! Just serve over ice and enjoy!
So hopefully you enjoy these recipes as much as I do! Feel free to ask questions or tweak it however you like! It does take some getting use to!
(picture credit from buzzfeed.com, will update with a personal picture soon!)