Southern Fried Chicken Salad

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We ate at a Max and Erma’s the other day. We’ve always enjoyed their southern fried chicken salad. So, I figured I’d try to duplicate it at home. And did I ever. Of course, the key to this salad is the fried chicken. For me that means two things: buttermilk and hot sauce. The rest is pretty much up to you!

Southern Fried Chicken Salad

The end result was very tasty, and as good as the real thing. Maybe even better. Everything about my southern fried chicken salad was delicious, and not just the chicken. Normally I’d lean towards a Ranch or blue cheese dressing, but the bottled Dijon mustard vinaigrette matched the restaurant original’s taste perfectly.

Also try my grilled Greek chicken salad and my copycat of Max and Erma’s Santa Fe chicken salad.

Southern Fried Chicken Salad
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Southern Fried Chicken Salad

My take on Max and Erma's Southern Fried Chicken salad.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fried chicken, salad
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 513kcal
Author Mike


For the chicken

For the salad


  • Place the chicken in a resealable baggie with the buttermilk, hot sauce, and Cajun seasoning. Shake to cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer (3″ worth) to 350 F.
  • In one bowl, place the eggs and beat lightly.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika, nutmeg, and onion powder.
  • Working in batches, remove the chicken from the bag. Shake off any excess marinade.
  • Dip into the flour mixture. Shake off excess.
  • Dip into the eggs. Shake off excess.
  • Dip into the flour mixture again. Shake off excess.
  • Fry until done, 3-5 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate
  • Let cool slightly then cut into thin slices.

For the salad

  • Place lettuce on serving plates.
  • Top with tomatoes, garnish with eggs and cheese.
  • Add chicken.
  • Serve with warmed dressing


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 484mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3642IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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