Cracker Barrel Sunday Homestyle Chicken

If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to keep Sunday dinner a family-favorite, look no further than Cracker Barrel’s Sunday chicken. This recipe will have your whole house smelling like the classic Southern restaurant that so many people love. The best part is that it’s easy to recreate in your own kitchen! Homestyle comfort food has never tasted so good, add some country sides, and you will have the perfect meal any day of the week.

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Cracker Barrel Sunday Chicken

Cracker Barrel is well known for its down-home menu, and this chicken recipe is no exception. I know I have made a point to go there on a Sunday to try this delicious homestyle chicken.

This chicken is easy to make and will remind you of the excellent fried chicken the ladies in your family used to make. This recipe has boneless chicken breasts hand-dipped in Cracker Barrel’s special buttermilk batter. The result is a flavorful and crispy chicken fried chicken.

Why you should try this copycat recipe from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

This recipe is only served on Sundays if you go to the restaurant. So you can only enjoy this traditional southern fare on Sundays. You can make this recipe any day of this week. This golden-fried Sunday homestyle chicken is packed full of flavor. When I make this at home I like to make some homemade cream gravy to enjoy the chicken. There is nothing as satisfying as good southern cooking.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make southern fried chicken:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Buttermilk
  • Water
  • Oil for frying
Cracker Barrel homestyle fried chicken ingredients

Ingredient Notes

Buttermilk gives this dish its unique taste. If you can get it, I love Borden’s Country Style buttermilk; it is rich and thick buttermilk for this recipe.

I tried making this with the powdered buttermilk that you rehydrate with water, but it didn’t give me good results. This is one of the few times I specifically buy buttermilk for cooking. You can always make some buttermilk biscuits with this to help use up all of the buttermilk.

The chicken is deep-fried in oil. In this order, I recommend oil for deep frying: peanut oil, cottonseed oil, Crisco brand shortening, then generic vegetable oil.

I like how peanut oil crisps everything up, and if you are clean with your batter by shaking all of the excess loose flour off, you can reuse the oil later. Again, this is my preference, but I often get asked this

How to Make Cracker Barrel Sunday Homestyle Chicken

  1. Pour enough oil into a deep fryer or large pot 3 to 4 inches deep. Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and water.
  4. Pound chicken breasts between wax paper or plastic wrap until uniform in thickness.
  5. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and season them with salt and pepper.
  6. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour and shake off excess.
  7. Dip floured chicken into the buttermilk mixture.
Raw chicken breasts being breaded to make Cracker Barrel Sunday Chicken.
  1. Dredge the chicken again in the flour.
  2. Deep-fry the chicken pieces in the hot oil until golden brown and done, about 7 to 8 minutes (internal temperature is 165°F). Turn the chicken over while frying.
  3. Remove the fried chicken from the oil and drain it on a wire rack.

This chicken is prepared quickly so that you can have this on your dinner table in about 20 minutes. So this is a perfect main dish for any night of the week.

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How to store leftover Sunday Homestyle Chicken

Store any leftover portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can freeze the chicken for up to 3 months in an airtight container in the freezer for best results.

How to reheat chicken fried chicken

For best results, I like to reheat this in my air fryer. I reheat it for about 7 to 8 minutes at 375 degrees in my air fryer. When you reheat this in the microwave the crust retains some of its crispiness. You can reheat this in the microwave, for about 1 minute on high power.

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Cracker Barrel Sunday Homestyle Chicken

You can make Cracker Barrel Sunday Chicken any day of the week! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Recipes, Cracker Barrel Sunday Homestyle Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 503kcal


  • oil for frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • Pour 3 to 4 inches of oil into a deep fryer or large pot and heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare seasoned flour by combining the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and water.
  • If your chicken breasts are not fairly uniform in size, place them between two pieces of wax paper and gently pound them out with a meat pounder until they are more uniform in size. This will help with even cooking times.
  • Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then dredge them in the seasoned flour.
  • Dip floured chicken in buttermilk.
  • Dredge the chicken again in the seasoned flour.
  • Deep-fry the chicken pieces in the hot oil until done, about 7 to 8 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts over while frying to make sure both sides of the chicken are golden brown.
  • When the chicken is done, remove it from the oil and drain on a wire rack.



Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1229mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Carasith

    ACTUAL CRACKER BARREL COOK! Actually, we use a premade chicken breader that was made for us with a bunch of spices already in it, and water. The closest breader available at the store is Auntie Anne’s chicken breader. Use boneless skinless breast. Coat in the dry breader. Coat in the wet batter (thin batter made of the breader and water). Coat in the dry breader again, and fry in 350-375 degree oil for 4 minutes.

  2. Betty Henderson

    I’d like a recipe for Alice Springs Chicken @ Out Back restaurants. I always order & would love to make at home for the whole family. Thank you.

  3. TRACI

    Took a looooong time for the chicken to cook through even pounded thin. The coating makes the breasts quite thick and at that high of temp. If you don’t watch them very carefully the coating will burn quickly and end up a mess. Resist the temptation to flip, the coating falls off. I marinated them in buttermilk for 3 hours. Tasted good but the cooking was very time comsuming.

  4. Ruby

    I like to put my chicken in buttermilk and Frank’s hot sauce and sit for a while. I’m going to try this recipe. Sounds great

  5. Lisa H.

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I used boneless, skinless checken thighs. Was not sure how it would come out as I have not fried chicken in over 10 years! Was crispy and flavorful (added SLap Your Mama to the buttermilk and flour too as we like things spicy). Thanks for sharing.

  6. Elizabeth

    I should have watched the video before making this meal 🙂 I didn’t see the tip for letting the chicken sit for a while dredged in flour. When I fried it, the batter came off in bits and pieces. But the flavor was still amazing and I’m looking forward to making it again soon. My family loved it, even with patches of batter missing 😉

    Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Debi

      Letting the chicken sit in the buttermilk for about an hour before dredging will make the chicken more tender and juicy.

  7. Carolynolyn Thickstun

    Stephanie; I just read all the comments on this video and recipe for Cracker Barrel fried chicken. Sounds yummy. But what I really want to say is that I like the way you answer the questions right away. Some chefs don’t answer as promptly or not at all. I want to subscribe. You’re great.cthickstun

  8. Rita Hawk

    I received an air fryer for Christmas which lets me “fry” without oil. Do you have any suggestions for modifying recipes like this for an air fryer? I may try it as is. Perhaps spraying a light coat of peanut oil to ensure crispiness.

    • Stephanie

      I think I would stick with items that are breaded and not battered. The batter may slip off long before it cooks. I have had one, but I haven’t really done a lot with it. I have used mine mostly to make things like fish sticks or potatoes.

    • Ashley

      I have made this carrot cake recipe several times and it’s really good!

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