Chicken in a Basket #SundaySupper

Chicken in a basket.

Shrimp in a basket. Dinner in a basket. What picture does that conjure up for you?
For me, “In a basket,” meals means fried food, fries and cole slaw.

Chicken Basket
Deep fried chicken with crispy, crunchy skin served hot and drowning in fries with a refreshing cup of ice cold cole slaw.
Chicken or shrimp that you eat with your fingers. Keep plenty of napkins close by.
These basket meals were popular as bar food and diner food. Burger joints and Mom and Pop restaurants also had these on the menu.
Many still do.
Chicken Basket Meal

Buttermilk and spicy brown mustard marinade makes this fried chicken moist and irresistible! A dusting of seasoned flour and into moderately hot oil (350 degrees) produces a crisp, crunchy skin sealing in the juices.

I have a mini fryer/fondue pot that is perfect for small amounts of frying. You can deep fry in your favorite frying vessel or pan fry. I like to seal in the juices in the fryer and finish cooking in the oven. This way I get the goodness of “fried” chicken without having it soak up so much grease.
Fried Chicken for basket
Now if a basket is not you thing, get The Blue Plate Special.
Why did they call it The Blue Plate Special?
Restaurants during the depression and post depression era served quality meals at a reduced cost. These meals consisted of a meat, starch and vegetable. Originally the meal came on a divided plate like a TV dinner tray. Years later scientists learned that the color blue actually works as an appetite suppressant.
So the smaller meal served on a blue plate at a reduced price worked. These meals kept restaurants in business through a few tough decades.

Many thanks to Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks for hosting this fun event!
fried chicken blue plate special

5.0 from 3 reviews
Chicken in a Basket
  • 1 fryer chicken cut up
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into large container to marinate chicken.
  2. Place chicken parts in container. Submerge.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  5. Shake off excess buttermilk and dredge chicken in flour.
  6. Carefully add to oil and fry until internal temperature for white meat reaches 165, dark meat 180.
  7. You can also finish chicken off in the oven, internal temperature for white meat reaches 165, dark meat 180.
  8. Serve with fries and cole slaw.

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61 Responses to Chicken in a Basket #SundaySupper

  1. Renee says:

    It’s funny how the way something is served (like in a basket) becomes a trend of a particular decade.
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  2. Hezzi-D says:

    Oh that fried chicken is making my mouth water! This has been a favorite since I was small and continues to be! Looks awesome!
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  11. Fried Chicken! That has been around for years and always a goodie!!

  12. Diana @DandelionGreensBlog says:

    This chicken looks perfectly moist, juicy and crispy all at the same time. Can you tell I’m getting hungry? :-) Great recipe, and fun history on the blue plate special.

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  15. I’m getting seriously hungry!
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  21. Stacy says:

    Beautiful crunchy buttermilk fried chicken, Cindy! I would love a basket like that right now.
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  24. I love anything fried in a basket! I love the flavor here because I adore dijon anything!
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  25. Liz says:

    Fried to perfection! And with fries and coleslaw??? Retro heaven!

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  27. Serving dinner in a basket once in a while is a lot of fun and the grandkids love it when I do a burger basket with chocolate malts on the side.
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  28. Laura says:

    We are planning a holiday in the US in April and it is food like this that is on our list of things that we are excited to eat again. Glad we aren’t around it any more on a daily basis because it is so tempting but excited to have it as a treat again soon.
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  29. Sue Lau says:

    I always like the indulgence of fried chicken, but the colors in your photo make me happy because they feel like summertime! Thanks for sharing.
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  30. Wow Cindy. This recipe is simply ah-mazing. I do remember chicken in a basket and the blue plate specials too. You sure do know how to fry up some chicken though.
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  31. Mary Ellen says:

    I soak mine in buttermilk too! I love it that way and serving it in a basket is a great idea.
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  32. The table cloth, the basket, the coke, the food! All of this is so nostalgic for me. I love it!
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  33. I love the touch of spicy brown mustard in the fried chicken! Gosh, my mouth was watering thinking about my mom’s fried chicken! Love this!

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  35. This is making me starving! I need to grab some lunch. Too bad it’s not your chicken.
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  36. This recipe brings back so many fond memories. As a teenager, my friends and I would all go to the late or midnight movie, then head to our local diner for burgers or my favorite chicken in a basket. Great recipe!
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  37. You are so right about the “In a basket” reference. I was a shrimp in a basket girl :)
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  38. If I could snatch one of those chicken pieces right through the screen, I would! This looks SO good. My mom always pan-fried the chicken, which is good, but I kinda like the deep fry scene a little more!
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  40. This is beyond awesome, you have me droooolllllinggggg!!!
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  41. GREAT idea to finish cooking in the oven.
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  45. Tom says:

    It turned out very well and very easy. It thickened up fine, didn’t take too long and the flavor was very very good. 

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