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    The 10 BEST Southern Chicken Recipes

    We love chicken, it’s such a versatile ingredient and works with any cuisine. And if you want some serious comfort food, it’s hard to beat Southern.

    That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite Southern Chicken Recipes. They’re all so good.

    From slow cooked stews and braised dishes, to classics like fried chicken and BBQ chicken, this list is full of winners.

    Cook your way through all of these amazing Southern chicken recipes. We bet you’ll find some new favorites!

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    Southern Chicken Recipes:

    1. Smothered Chicken

    We’re starting this list with a bang! This Smothered Chicken is the ultimate Southern comfort food.

    Generously seasoned seared chicken thighs smothered in an amazing gravy. This is soul food at its best!

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    2. Brunswick Stew

    This hearty southern Brunswick stew is perfect for chilly nights. If you love barbecue flavors, this is sure to become one of your new favorites.

    It’s loaded with chicken and other smoked meats, veggies and great seasonings. And best of all, it’s super easy.

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    3. Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    Southern Braised Chicken is the newest addition to your comfort food repertoire. It’s hearty and full of cozy flavors.

    With just a few humble ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time, you’ll have a dish the whole family is going to love. It’s one of our all-time favorite Southern chicken recipes!

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    4. Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Looking for pasta recipe that is straight out of restaurant menu, and is a breeze to make on busy weeknights? This Cajun Chicken Pasta is your answer!

    Tender chicken pieces in a creamy, cheesy sauce with the right kind of Cajun smoky heat, along with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

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    5. Country Captain Chicken

    Country Captain Chicken… Indian curry meets Lowcountry cooking. Simply known as Country Captain, this is a Southern Icon you may have never tasted.

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    6. Nashville Hot Chicken

    Nashville hot chicken has been growing in popularity lately. It’s spicy fried chicken served with white bread and pickle chips.

    If you love spicy food, you need to try this one!

    Get the Recipe @ thecountrycook

    7. Chicken and Dumplings

    Is there any single dish that says “comfort food” more than chicken and dumplings? Hearty chicken stew topped with big fluffy dumplings, all in one pot.

    So cozy!

    Get the Recipe @ thenovicechefblog

    8. Southern BBQ Chicken

    BBQ is big in the South, and once you try this barbecued chicken you’ll see why!

    These chicken legs are marinated, dry rubbed, and then slathered with barbecue sauce while cooking. It’s one of the classic Southern chicken recipes!

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    9. Gumbo

    Bring the flavors of New Orleans to your kitchen with this authentic Gumbo recipe!

    It is made with a dark roux, fresh veggies including okra, and chicken, making every spoonful of this Gumbo so delicious and comforting.

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    10. Southern Fried Chicken

    Sometimes, you just can’t beat a plateful of fried chicken.

    This Southern style recipe gives you plenty of helpful hints and tips to make sure your chicken turns out perfect every time.

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    We hope you love these Southern chicken recipes as much as we do. Let us know your favorites!

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    10 BEST Southern Chicken Recipes

    All of these amazing Southern Chicken Recipes highlight the amazing cuisine of the American South. We love this easy braised chicken with black eyed peas:


    • 5 slices of bacon
    • 5 chicken thighs
    • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
    • 3 carrots, chopped
    • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 tsp thyme
    • 1/2 head small cabbage, chopped
    • 2 15oz cans black eyed peas, drained


    1. In a braiser or dutch oven over medium high heat, fry bacon until crisp. Remove it to a plate.
    2. Add chicken to the pot and brown 6-8 minutes skin side down. Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove to a plate.
    3. Deglaze the pan with chicken broth, stir in the carrots, mushrooms, thyme and broken up bacon. Nestle the chicken, skin side up) into the mixture.
    4. Cover and cook an hour to an hour and a quarter, adding in the cabbage and black eyed peas with about half an hour remaining.

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