At church potlucks, I was known for my fried chicken. I used my grandmother’s basic recipe and everyone loved it. Then one day, I let my oldest son cook. I showed him all of the spices available and he made up a batch of fried chicken.

It smelled like Thanksgiving and potlucks and family reunions all rolled up together in one! While we were eating, I asked him which spices he used, and there were several. The funniest was Pumpkin Pie Spice! That is why it smelled like Thanksgiving.

I never copied his recipe, but I did add one spice that he used to my fried chicken. I swear, you cannot stop with just one piece, it is that good.

The secret…Popcorn Salt.

You wouldn’t think it would make a difference, but it does. My basic fried chicken is now flour, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, paprika and popcorn salt.

My fried Chicken.

My fried Chicken.