Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Collard Greens, and Cornbread

Fried Chicken Recipe

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
30 minutes

Serving Size
6 Servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspo
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

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  1. Whisk together buttermilk, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add chicken pieces to the buttermilk mixture, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 4 hours
  3. Add vegetable oil (1 inch in depth) to a skillet and boil under a medium-high heat (350 degrees Farenheit)
  4. Breading Preparation: In a large, shallow dish, thoroughly mix flour and cornstarch with onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, paprika, and salt
  5. Add chicken to the flour mixture one at a time, coat each piece with flour thoroughly, and shake off any excess flour
  6. Submerge each chicken piece in heated oil and fry 3-4 pieces at a time for 14 minutes. Be sure to turn each piece over after the first 7 minutes of frying
  7. Place fried chicken on a plate covered with paper towels and wait 10 minutes prior to consumption

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Serving Size
4-6 Servings


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

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  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Skin and slice sweet potatoes into sticks that are ¼” to ½” wide and 3” long
  3. Lather sliced sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Cajun seasoning
  4. Mix seasonings with sweet potatoes thoroughly and spread them out on 2 baking sheets
  5. Bake sweet potato fries for 15 minutes or until they have slightly browned on the bottom
  6. Flip sweet potato fries and bake for 10 minutes or until the other side is crisp

Collard Greens Recipe

Prep Time
30 minutes

Cook Time
2 hours and 45 minutes

Serving Size
8 Servings


  • 6 small bunches collard greens
  • 1 extra large smoked ham hock make sure it is meaty!
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp bacon grease
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp worcheshire sauce
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes you can go down on this to 1/2 teaspoon if you like less heat.
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

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Collard Greens Cleaning

  1. Pull apart the leaves of the greens from the stem.
  2. Cut the leaves horizontally into small pieces by stacking the leaves on top of each other and rolling them up before cutting them
  3. Clean your greens in the sink by submerging them in cold water to remove any dirt or debris
  4. Continue to wash in cold water until it becomes clear

Ham Hock Preparation

  1. Rinse the ham hock thoroughly, then submerge it in a large pot of water and cover the pot with a lid
  2. Cook ham hock over medium-high heat for 45 minutes or until it is slightly tender

Collard Greens Preparation

  1. Add greens and 4-5 additional cups of water to the pot with the cooked ham hock (Make sure the greens are submerged in the water)
  2. Add sugar, bacon grease, seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes garlic powder, paprika, and chopped onions to the pot
  3. Slow cook collard greens while covered for 2 hours or until completely tender

Cornbread Recipe

Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Serving Size
6-8 Servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow or white cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
  2. Spread butter on an 8”x8” baking pan
  3. Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl
  4. In a separate medium bowl. Whisk melted butter, buttermilk and eggs
  5. Add buttermilk-egg-butter mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until the two mixtures are adequately combined
  6. Transfer batter to buttered pan
  7. Bake cornbread mixture for 20-25 minutes
  8. Let cornbread cool off for 15 minutes before serving

Wine Pairings

Balance this Meal with Sparkling White Wines

Sparkling wines, such as Cava, Champagne, and Prosecco, are great to have when served with fried foods. The carbonation of these wines help cut fat and balance out the grease from the fried chicken. While these bubbles can also intensify the heat from the dish, fried chicken served with sparkling wines is a must.

Balance this Meal with Floral, White Wines

Light-bodied white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer are varietals to pair with this meal. Their floral and fruity notes help balance out some of the spice from the fried chicken and collard greens, while its sweetness compliments the sweetness of the cornbread and sweet potato fries.

Balance this Meal with Light, Red Wines

Blaufränkisch, Gamay, and Pinot Noir are some of the best red wines to have to balance out this dish. These grape varietals are light in body, so they won’t overpower the meal, and exude deep flavors of dark fruit notes that help add a different types of sweetness to the dish – reminiscent of Thanksgiving turkey drizzled with Cranberry sauce.

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