1956 Fried Chicken Legs

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Recipe: #37670

November 06, 2021

"They cut up the whole chicken to fry but we are just doing the legs President Truman enjoyed fried chicken this was a pretty comman way of cooking it they used lard instead of shortening often but since bess used margarine she might have used shortening. They also put the dredge in a brown paper sack and shook the bejeezus out of it .you choose"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (464.6 g)
  • Calories 664.2
  • Total Fat - 35.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 816.5 mg
  • Sodium - 819.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.2 g
  • Protein - 64.1 g
  • Calcium - 51.9 mg
  • Iron - 9.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat shortening up in a cast iron skillet

Step 2

Mix dry ingredients in 1 bowl

Step 3

And wet ingredients in another bowl season both to taste

Step 4

Dip chicken in the wet bowl then dip it in the dredge coating all sides

Step 5

Place gently in hot oil

Step 6

Fry on one side until browned

Step 7

Flip and cover

Step 8

Chicken is cooked when you pierce it the juices run clear

Step 9

Take chicken out and place in a warm oven you have cooked biscuits in

Step 10

Remove the shortening from skillet leaving 3 tablespoons of grease

Step 11

Add 3 tablespoons of your dredge flour and brown then add wet ingredients

Step 12

And stir like crazy season to taste you may need more water. add if you need to


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


My mom was not a very good cook, but she could make good fried chicken (and rabbit), and this is basically the way she did it, except she would do mashed potatoes. I don' remember her ever making biscuits before those tube type came along. This was easy and very tasty, and loved the gravy on the biscuits.


review by:
(12 Feb 2022)


Yum. I haven't fried chicken like this in a really long time. Simple and good. Made a great comfort meal on a cold day. Thanks for sharing, Dee.


review by:
(18 Nov 2021)

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