Southern Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy

Southern Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy

* 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
* milk
* shortening or oil for frying
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* Cream Gravy
* 3 tablespoons drippings from frying chicken
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* 1/2 cup cream
* salt and pepper

Pour all drippings from skillet into a small bowl; measure and return 3 tablespoons to the skillet and place over medium heat. Stir in flour until well blended, scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet.

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbly. Gradually add milk and cream; boil until thickened and creamy, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the chicken, along with a side vegetable and rice, fries, or potatoes.