Pioneer Take-Out Fried Chicken

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Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you’ve gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

Are you by any chance a kid of the 80s? Are you from Southern California? Do you remember Saved By The Bell? Ok ok, the last one doesn’t really apply, but this Pioneer Fried Chicken is legendary and going the way of Latin since the chain began closing shops years ago. Currently there are only a couple of Pioneer Chickens left and those that still exist haven’t been updated in 20 years.

Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

When I was pregnant with our oldest we were living in DC and I got the worst craving for this chicken. I scoured the internet and found absolutely NO recipes. A lot of people were talking about how much they missed Pioneer Chicken and how it was a food memory they treasured, but no one could decode the dish in a way that would satisfy us all. We grew up with this chicken, we all agreed KFC should’ve gone the way of the dinosaurs instead of Pioneer Chicken, yet here we were with two outdated fledgling locations left.

To top it off I was 3300 miles away from the closest one! So I started playing with recipes. It is hard to decode a recipe for something you can’t currently taste, so I tried and failed.

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Recently I had another craving for it when I had finished making Ad Hoc’s Fried Chicken by Thomas Keller (wow talk about low and high brow huh?) and I figured since it had been years since my last attempt, I could possibly find something.

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Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!JACKPOT. In the strangest of places, some guy had made a youtube video of the recipe where he mixes and fries it with no audio and no recipe to copy. Old school pencil and paper writing it down as I watched, I could tell he was on to something when I saw that wet batter come together. Sure enough when it came out of the oil it was gorgeous! The perfect orange brown tinted shade, with a smooth surface. It may not sound exciting to you if you aren’t familiar with Pioneer Chicken, but if you know what I am talking about here you are probably salivating as you read this.

I also need to take a minute and go completely off on a tangent. I’m having a fit of nostalgia today and it made me think about my childhood. A childhood full of Mario and all the wonder of Nintendo. So today as I was browsing the internet I came across a back to school list someone made (why a video game is on that list is lost on me, but hey to each their own). It also made me think of this website Games Like Zone my husband showed me that tells you other games you would like based on the one game you do like. I’m just waiting on the list for my only other nostalgic game I loved, Zelda!

My friends think it is pretty funny when I talk about video games but I think every one of us has memories of being a kid and playing them! I still remember holding the antenna on the television for my brother to play the original Mario! Okay enough of my kid memories, lets get back to some fried chicken…ok wait one more memory…do any of you remember those pencil cases with hidden compartments? Ok, ok I am really done now…

Mix all the dry ingredients except for the reserved 1/4 cup cornstarch. Add the water and whisk. Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!Put 1/4 cup of cornstarch in shallow pan and coat chicken with it. Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!Dip the chicken that has been coated in cornstarch into the wet batter until completely coated. Let drip for a couple of seconds. Fry in 350 degree peanut or canola oil. for 8-10 minutes until cooked through in small batches. Drain on metal rack, not paper towels, that would make it soggy. Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

Recipe

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Pioneer Fried Chicken

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  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken , cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup cornstarch , 1/4 cup reserved for coating
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • add 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 cups peanut or canola oil

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients except for the reserved 1/4 cup cornstarch.
  2. Add the water and whisk.
  3. Put 1/4 cup of cornstarch in shallow pan and coat chicken with it.
  4. Dip the chicken that has been coated in cornstarch into the wet batter until completely coated.
  5. Let drip for a couple of seconds and gently lower into pot of oil.
  6. Fry in 350 degree peanut or canola oil. for 8-10 minutes until cooked through in small batches.
  7. Drain on metal rack, not paper towels, that would make it soggy.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Youtube.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

Shatteringly crisp, flavorful Pioneer Fried Chicken that tastes so nostalgic you will feel like you've gone back in time! Easy to make, only takes five minutes to make the wet batter and straight into the fryer! Serve with corn on the cob and your favorite cole slaw to make this meal complete!

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  1. Now THAT looks like fried chicken! I live in the south, and fried chicken is in our blood. I can’t wait to try this.

      1. I miss Pioneer Chicken!! I have a question about the instructions – Do you dredge in the corn starch first and then dip in batter, or do you dip in batter and then dredge in the corn starch?

        1. Dredge in corn starch first and then dip in batter. I’m so sorry the recipe was unclear – I’m updating it now. I hope you love the dish!

      2. Sabrina there is still a pioneer chicken in Bell Gardens and it taste just the same as it did growing up! If you live in CA still go give it a try. I’ll be making this recipe soon!

      1. Hi and thank you for such a delicious bite of nostalgia, I can’t wait to cook some up.
        I worked at Pioneer Chicken Temple City Ca. It was 1975 I was just 16 my friend Russ asked his father to buy one and I was asked to work as asst mgr. Great memories.

  2. Oh my lanta! This looks amazing. I haven’t had fried chicken, or anything friend in YEARS (thanks to my gallbladder) but this? I think I need to make asap! It would so be worth an attack, lol!

  3. I’m not familiar with pioneer fried chicken but this looks really good. It’s awesome that you were able to work this out from video alone!

    1. AWESOME! YAY! Now if you ever have a moment where you want to feel like a kid again you can make this and watch some old school 80s tv!

  4. I’ve never even heard of Pioneer Chicken but this looks amazing! I usually end up pretty disappointed when I eat or cook something based on a nostalgic craving. Things never seem to taste as good as I remember them from when I was little. I’m glad this one turned out so well for you 🙂

    1. Thanks Jen! Usually with recreations I find them to be super hit or miss too. Luckily this one was spot on and even though I know most people won’t have heard of this, I know somewhere out there is another person like me dying to find this recipe. So I had to include it, haha.

  5. I saw the title and I was like is it? Does she mean, Pioneer as in the place? I was too curious, I had to know and it is. I grew up eating Pioneer chicken. They all disappeared and I was left with KFC and ElPollo Loco (which I love both of those too.) This puts a smile on my face and makes me miss the 80’s…I’m headed back to SoCal and totally going to Naugles, which has one location in Fountain Valley. Remember them?

    1. Heck yes!! BEST TACOS EVER! I did such a happy dance when the chicken came out of the fryer. When I saw the color I actually giggled. I’m such a nerd. 🙂

  6. I am not the biggest fried chicken person, but when a craving strikes, I want nothing but the best. Yours looks amazing and the color can not be beat! PS – I love Saved By The Bell and still enjoy watching my kids play Mario and other Nintendo themed games.

    1. Thanks Marcie! Oh if they love Mario they will probably love that game. My husband and I were watching the youtube promotional videos about it and just grinning.

  7. It looks like you were able to copy the recipe pretty well because that chicken is so delicious looking! I haven’t heard of that Mario game but it really does sound fun.

  8. The right fried chicken is an art. This looks so incredible, and I know would make me feel nostalgic for my own childhood.

  9. I officially need a fryer now. My kids are crazy about fried chicken, and it just feels like their childhood should have memories of making it with me.

      1. I grew up in the 60s and 70s eating Pioneer ckn after Sunday church on Vermont & Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. The best before they closed. After that, I started eating Golden Bird. The Ekco Park location had the best tasting original recipe ckn before it closed. At the Bell Gardens location, they use the original recipe on their fish, not on the ckn. Hispanics use their own recipe, and I dare anyone to challenge me. I go only for the fish, thick pieces. Yes, fond memories of pioneer ckn and video games (Star Wars, Galaga, Mouse Trap, Centipede, Millipede, Dungeons and Dragons). I’ll try this recipe and tell you how it comes out.

        1. YAY! Reading this made my day!! I am so glad it gave you that awesome nostalgic experience! Thank you so much for letting me know!

    1. Low oven! I tried heating them up in a 350-375 oven and the crust browned too much. So I would say maybe try at 300 degrees. Also don’t use the toasted oven, the space is too small and the tops will burn.

  10. Sabrina, i was born and raised in lincoln hieghts and every monday my mom took me to pioneer chicken on daly st. I ate pioneer at least once until 6 months ago when I move to Phoenix Arizona and of course there is none here. My daughter is going to so. Cal for christmas and promised to bring me 20pc of Pioneer. Anyways how close did you get to the awesome taste of pioneer. Most people commenting here say your chicken is awesome, but i dont think many of them have actually tasted Pioneer. Thanks Joe

    1. Joe,
      SUPER close. Almost perfect. Enough that even though I hadn’t had the original in years just smelling it fry I knew it was SPOT ON. When I tasted it, I called my mom and said “I JUST MADE PIONEER CHICKEN!” I say that having a huge emotional attachment to Pioneer Chicken from being a kid.

  11. I am a culinary arts teacher at a high school in Southern California. We are making chicken strips this week, and I have been trying to crack the Pioneer code for years. I had to explain to my students the obsession with Pioneer. You really had to grow up on it to truly understand how amazing it was and still is. I even went to the one that still exists in Bell Gardens and dumpster dove to figure out what ingredients they use. So I decided to check the Internet tonight to see if anyone had discovered a potential recipe. I am not going to be able to sleep tonight knowing that tomorrow the search for the elusive Pioneer recipe may come to an end!

    1. I can’t wait to hear what you think! And yes there is no way to explain it to people who didn’t enjoy it all those years!

  12. I just had Pioneer Chicken in LA on Soto Street. I grew up having Pioneer Chicken all the time as there was one on Olive Avenue in my hometown of Porterville in Central California. Theres never been a place thats made fried chicken thats even been close, and thus is the closest to the original. Amazing!

  13. I’m making this tonight! I grew up on the central coast of California and a favorite place to eat was Pioneer Chicken. The crunch is just so different than ANY other fried chicken. The other thing I loved about going there as a kid was ordering an Orange Whip. Those drinks were so delicious! I live in Austin, TX now where my wife and I home cook every night. I do lots of fried chicken a frankly some have been outstandingly good (especially buttermilk overnight soaked) but nothing comes close to that Pioneer crunch. I plan on making this tonight. Thanks for porting the recipe for us nostalgic Pioneer Chicken fans. Now off to find an Orange Whip recipe….hmmmm….haha

      1. Well I guess my post got deleted, so I will just ask this question, are you frying the chicken in a pan or deep fryer, I ask cause I have a delong deep fryer that goes up to 385 degrees,

  14. Thank you for pulling this together. I’m inspired to learn how to fry my own chicken.

    Of course, anyone who grew up in the 70s can tell you that Pioneer was already in decline by the 80s. Did you ever get a bag of magic tricks with your box of chicken? A Happy Meal could only dream of being so great.

    Pioneer made such crazy good chicken that I remember being disappointed ordering it at Bob’s Big Boy or Kentucky Fried (*not* KFC). The only thing that came close were the corn dogs at Der Wienerschnitzel. You really have to be from Los Angeles to critically appreciate fast food, I think. Cheers!

    1. I don’t think Los Angeles is the *exclusive* realm of delicious fast food, but we certainly had/have a lot of great chains! I hope you enjoy the walk down memory lane with this recipe!

  15. Well I sure do miss pioneer chicken, man I have not had it since the late 80’s early 90’s, they used to have one in san francisco, used to go there all the time, one thing I did find searching the net is a cook from pioneer chicken said they would soak there chicken in buttermilk, so I going to do this recipe trying both regular and one with buttermilk, was supposed to go to LA this year and drive to disney land, I was gonna hit up pioneer chicken on way, now im bummed out cause I cant go, but hopefully this will do it. Now if only I can find the gravy recipe that comes with their mashed potatoes I would be set. After I make this I will report back, but since I have not had this in 25 to 30 years, dont know how much help I could be.

  16. There are still a few Pioneer Chicken locations, (SE Corner of Whittier Blvd. and Soto St. in Los Angeles, for example). I must try this recipe and then compare!!

    1. I can’t say I ever had the strips. A quick google image search for them definitely looks like it is the same coating. When you take a bite you’ll definitely feel nostalgic.

  17. We had Pioneer chicken in Arizona through the end of the 80’s. I was so sad when the one across the street from my high school closed. Once a friend and I drove to California just to get some! I can’t remember what they called their boneless ‘sticks’ of chicken, but those were my favorite. The closest thing I”ve found to them is the chicken tenders from Long John Silver’s because they are made with a wet batter. I’m going to try this recipe with chicken tenders and see how it comes out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That certainly is dedication to cross state lines, haha! I remember those sticks too but can’t think of the name either. They’re so good!!

      1. Weren’t they chicken sticks or stix? That’s what prompted my recipe search. I need to know if they used ground chicken breast or chicken tenders for those. My God I want them now!!!

  18. You held the antenna for your brother to play Mario? You do realize that Nintendo doesn’t depend on over the air signals. Your brother was playing now than Mario ??

    1. Haha, I totally get what you’re saying but our tv was pretty bad so I had to hold the antenna otherwise you weren’t able to get any picture at all…just static. Thankfully, I no longer have to do that now that I play on my computer but I’m sure my brother enjoyed it.

  19. OMG , let me just start by saying THANK YOU! I just made this as chicken tenders. My better half and I are big fans of Pioneer Chicken and it’s always a special treat when he makes the journey to surprise me with it (yes, pioneer still exists in Los Angeles) however because it’s quite the journey I decided to check the internet and I stumbled upon your recipe. I can’t thank you enough. It came out so yummy. I definitely will be making this again and again. 5 ??’S allllllll the way. 

    Rating: 5
  20. When you say DC, do you mean Daly City, CA by any chance? If so….. MAN! That was the best fried chicken EVER. I love fried chicken and love to cook, but I don’t deep fry at home ~ not just for my health, but because I don’t like the idea of having a lot of excess oil after frying, saving the used oil or re-using oil that’s already been used to deep fry other stuff. Also because it gets the surfaces in my kitchen very sticky with oily residue. But with that aside, yeah… Daly City/SF’s Pioneer chicken… I always nagged my parents to get fried chicken from there instead of KFC (back before KFC was ever abbreviated that way). Indeed, it has since become an El Salvadorian restaurant that focuses on their own style of BBQ chicken. It’s not bad, but not quite what I usually desire when I crave anything “chicken”. Sure, there’s also a Popeye’s, the next block over. But it’s not the same thing! There’s quite a few vacant buildings further south along El Camino Real, near Jefferson High School. And the old Toyota dealership at the Top of the Hill… it’s gone now. I don’t know what they plan on doing with that lot, but it’d be really nice to have a Pioneer Chicken/Take Out in any of these areas! BRING BACK THE 80’S! There’s a Jollibee nearby too… a Filipino restaurant that also focuses on fried chicken. They do a pretty mean spicy fried chicken, whose color somewhat approaches that of Pioneer’s lava red-orange hue…. but the texture is very different, so all in all, not the same thing either. I enjoyed your post and reading through your recipe… maybe if I ever get some sort of outdoor deep-frying setup, I’ll most likely give your recipe a try; no telling if the owner of the last remaining 2 Pioneers chicken restaurants on the entire planet will ever decide to make it 3 restaurants. lol.

    1. No, we were in Washington DC, the one I used to go to was in Hollywood and when it closed I was pretty upset. There are two left now, but the one near Hollywood that is left gave me semi raw chicken last time I was there so I don’t want to go back. I do miss 80’s everything though!

  21. Pioneer Chicken was NOT just in Socal btw…Hawaii had quite a few locations as well from the 70’s on etc I know this as my folks used to own a Pioneer franchise in Hawaii (Kahala Mall location) in the 80’s and I know the owner of one last 2 Pioneer Chickens in CA.. Great chicken tho a bit too oily for my taste. I was born and raised in Hawaii and now live in Japan (25+yrs) with my wife and kids so classic foods from my childhood can only be found online these days thanks for sharing!

  22. Yum this looks like it came straight out of a restaurant. I hope my attempt turns out to be as good as yours. That’s dinner for tomorrow night sorted.

    Rating: 5
  23. i did make this and yes, it did look like pioneer chicken…very pretty but not the taste i remember…i live in Sacramento and miss the bell gardens pioneer chicken so bad…and i am a vegetarian, and give my one exception to this…i tried making this recipe but there is just something missing…almost like a sweetness. I tried this recipe in the past and in the past i added i believe it was just a dab i mean a tiny tiny bit of brown sugar to the mix and it was pioneer chicken in my sac home…so i know its possible to do. This recipe just seemed very bland to me…it looked beautiful just like pioneer did out of the box but just not the same taste i remember…my hopes were so high as i was frying but i said well lets try it maybe someone finally got it….sorry…so close though…so close….got to give props to the writer for putting it all together…it is a great recipe for fried chicken though not pioneer.

    Rating: 5
    1. Yes, it’s missing the MSG. I didn’t want to include it in the recipe but that’s the flavor you’re missing from the original.

  24. My brother accidentally knocked out my teeth in a pillow fight in the early 80s when I was around
    12 and my dad brought home a bucket of Pioneer and I was so upset  because with my teeth I thought it was too crispy to eat 
    But I managed to work my way thru it . I loved the chicken so much I had to figure out a way 🙂 

    1. The love we have for Pioneer chicken, hahahaha. I love that. I remember waiting in line OUTSIDE because it was so popular and huddling under the overhang of the building in the rain just to get that delicious chicken with my mom and brother.

  25. I am a kid of the 70s and 80s, but never have had Pioneer Chicken. I stumbled across this recipe and tried it last night. I made chicken tenders with the batter. We were skeptical when the first batch came out of the fryer, but they were delicious! I brined the tenders for a few hours in dill pickle juice, then prepared as instructed. So crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I LOVE the tip on placing the chicken on a rack instead of paper towels. Thank you for a great recipe.

    Rating: 5
  26. I had a tongue in the cheek attitude about this recipe, but decided what the heck I’ll try it. I remember a chicken restaurant from long ago with a light tempura -like crust and really moist inside. Wondered if this might be it. Well, I tried it yesterday. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as in bit into the chicken I knew this was the right recipe. Soooooooo light and crunchy and moist inside!!!! Couldn’t wait to report on it. As a side note I bought Red Lobster biscuit mix at the store, mixed it and fried teaspoons of it in the peanut oil afterwards – had the best little biscuits, crunchy and yummy and great with honey butter! (If you haven’t tried Red Lobster baking mix, please do, these biscuits will float out of your hand!!) Thanks for researching this, and I enjoyed reading all the comments. Also I played around a bit with the seasoning – adding garlic, onion, black pepper and a little seasoning salt – only about 1/2 tsp. of each. Hate to admit it but I’m about to have it again for dinner with mustard greens, cornbread, corn on the cob and a green mixed veggie salad. Know my grandkids are going to love this recipe (kids love crunch – so do husbands!) A p.s. – try this with wings to be able to taste a lot of crunch.

    Rating: 5
    1. This is so awesome! I loved reading your comment and by the way….My recipe for Red Lobster Biscuits is coming soon. Stay tuned!!

  27. I’m so anxious to try this out….almost as good if not better is/was the Hawaiian Sauce (BBQ)!!Glad to have this recipe saved again (I found a version a ways back but never got to try it).  Now to search for the sauce recipe…idk why I never ? for it till now.I was a cook for PTO and recommend it be done in a “deep” fryer or the bottom crust will get harder & not have the same bite experience (crunchy experience is a flavor in my book), so maybe that should be noted in the recipe.It’s sad PTO is gone.  Almost everything they had was as good if not better than El Pollo loco…KFC..&/or Popeyes.Mm the fish..chicken strips..gizzards..& even though at the time I had a near puke reflex even the liver was good..it taught me to like well prepared liver.  …badly prepared still can cause the choke puke in me.5tars cuz I’m pretty sure the recipe is spot on minus using a fryer.

    Rating: 5
    1. Oops a note to shake your fryer basket around 3-5 minuets in to keep it from sticking..or it may hit the bottom of the fryer & give more of a pan fried experience.

    2. 9 minuets to cook legs & wings..breasts & thighs take 12 minuets at 350ish f.  Everyone knows breasts and thighs need to get really HOTTTAFIED before they get juicy..depending on your breasts & thighs.

  28. I’ve been salivating over the photos of this chicken on Pinterest for MONTHS now, and, to quote Rod Stewart, tonight’s the night. I changed two things — I soaked the chicken pieces all day in buttermilk, and I also put in a few dashes of Maggi seasoning (basically salty, liquid MSG) and reduced the salt by 1/4 of a teaspoon to allow for that. Because I am a heathen and love MSG.Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!! The flavor, the crispiness…it was truly magnificent. It was a spiritual experience. A sexual experience. My husband fell deeper in love with me. My children looked at me with renewed respect and awe. At least…that’s what I’m telling myself.

    Rating: 5
  29. Thank you thank you thank you! For the first time in my over 38 years of married life I have FINALLY managed to make amazing fried chicken! I’ve made other attempts over the years with unsatisfactory results….this came out nice and crisp and tender and the meat stayed so moist! When I told hubby that I was going to try fried chicken again the poor fellow had this look of horror on his face lol. Then he took a bite and his eyes lit up! I WILL be making this again!

    Rating: 5
  30. I’ve had this pin pinned for a month already and I finally got all the ingredients. The process is a bit messy but the outcome of that crust is so worth it!

  31. First of all thank you for taking the time to copy down the recipe from the guy on youtube. As for the recipe itself, here are my comments. 

    I am not quite sure if it tastes exactly like Pioneer or not, as it has been more then 30 years since I’ve had that chicken. However, the coating was very crunchy like I remember. The first batch I made, I cooked in the deep fryer basket and it was a complete mess. The coating stuck to the fryer basket, so half of it came off when I removed the chicken.  Also it tasted a little bit bland and oily.

    The second batch I made I went ahead and marinated the chicken in pickle juice for a couple hours and I added cayenne pepper, a couple squirts of hot musturd, and twice the amount of regular pepper to make it spicier. I also thinned the mixture down a little bit with more water, which helped it from sticking as much. 

    Overall, I think this is a good base recipe for chicken or fish that you can tweak to make to your liking. It definitely has its roots in a tempura fish coating recipe, but tastes pretty good on chicken. I don’t recommend cooking it in a deep fryer with a basket though, as it will stick to the basket. I prefer the spicier chicken, that I made with the second batch, but I tend to like spicy chicken. My family did like the recipe, so I will make it again sometime. As far as fried chicken recipes go, this one is really crunchy and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a tempura puffy style crunchy chicken.

  32. Omg omg omg,,,, this is the greatest day ever!!!!!!! Lol am so hungry for pioneer chicken . THE BEST CHICKEN IN THE WORLD. What a saint in the chicken world you are. Can’t wait to try it. Wait till my husband hears about this ????