18th Century Cooking: 300 year old Fried Chicken Recipe

As many of you may know, I LOVE cooking recipes from the pioneer days, and even have some cookbooks from the early 20th century and a few from the late 19th century.

I have yet to delve into cooking anything earlier than that, mainly because the recipes are quite difficult to decipher, with strange language, and odd words.


That’s why I was so excited to find the youtube channel:


This channel is run by the company Jas. Townsend & Son Inc. Here is a quote from their website:

“We manufacture and sell quality reproduction clothing and personal accessories from the 18th and 19th century.We service the living history community, historic sites, museums, and theatrical, motion picture, and television production companies.”

If you’re interested in pioneer cooking and old school living, this is the channel for you. It’s jam packed with wonderful and informative cooking videos. They have other videos as well. Thinking about a old fashioned barn raising? The Townsends have a video just for you! Other topics include:

  • block printing
  • setting up a wedge tent
  • knife care
  • candle making
  • tomahawk throwing
  • building earthen ovens
  • meat preservation
  • bed roll shelters
  • making a bed with dead leaves

If you’re interested in their videos, head over to their channel HERE. You can find their clothing and other products HERE. If you’d like to head to their blog, find some wonderful old timey recipes, and show it some love, you can do that at:

Savoring the Past

All week, I’ll be featuring a recipe video from the Townsend channel. I hope you enjoy learning about this period in our history as much as I do!


HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO! Fried Chicken Recipe from1736

Ingredients: (For complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK, or watch the video below)

  • Whole Chicken Quartered
  • Oil for frying
  • Parsley Sprigs


  • 2 Large Lemons
  • Equal amount Distilled Vinegar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Cloves
  • ½ cup Green Onions or Shallots


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose Flour
  • White Wine like Rhine Wine
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Salt


Until next time… Namaste my friends







2 thoughts on “18th Century Cooking: 300 year old Fried Chicken Recipe

    1. Yes, baking and cooking with old recipes is an adventure. I’m quite addicted to it. 😊I’ve had so much fun watching him cook. I love the authentic kitchen and tools. This chicken recipe is on my list of recipes to prepare for my family. I think it looks amazing.

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