When it comes to the Loveless, there’s nothing more traditional than our biscuits and fried chicken. Before Lon and Annie Loveless ever turned their home into a full-fledged cafe, Annie would sell fried chicken right out her front door to weary travelers making the trek along the Natchez Trace. To this day, it remains the most popular item on our menu and a cherished recipe. Here’s how you can make it at home!
Loveless’ Famous Fried Chicken
1 Fryer Chicken, (3 pounds or less)
1 cup self-rising flour
1 Tablespoon Loveless Cafe Seasoned Salt (or your favorite)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
Vegetable oil for frying (canola, peanut or even lard if you want to make it like Granny!)
Cut chicken into eight pieces. Rinse pieces in cold water and let them soak in fresh cold salted water for at least 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Mix thoroughly flour, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic powder to make the fried chicken flour. If using our Fried Chicken Breading, simply place it in a bowl. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil (preferably soy, canola or peanut oil) in a large skillet over medium-high heat (375 in an electric skillet). Dredge chicken through the breading, coating well on all surfaces. Pat off excess breading and place chicken in hot oil, making sure pieces are not touching each other. When the chicken is browned (approximately 5 minutes), turn pieces over and reduce heat to medium (300). Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then remove lid, bring heat back to medium high and turn chicken, cooking an additional 5-7 minutes. Let chicken drain on a paper towel before eating.