Homemade Southern Fried Chicken

Fried foods have a crispy crunch when they first come out of the fryer, but as the food cools it releases steam, which can make the outer crust soggy. Refrigerating and putting hot foods in air-tight containers can also cause them to lose their crunch. To keep fried foods crispy, you need to keep them hot until you are ready to serve them, or reheat them just before serving. You also need to blot the grease, which can contribute to sogginess.

Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with thick paper towels. Use several sheets for large batches.

Fry your foods as normal. Put the foods on the paper-lined baking sheet as they finish frying.

Put the baking sheets into the pre-heated oven and keep them there as you finish cooking, or until you are ready to eat.


  • If you must let the foods cool and transport them, allow them to cool on a baking rack, before putting them in the travel container.

  • Refresh the food for a few minutes in the oven before serving.