Southern girl Reese Witherspoon loves her fried chicken & biscuits


Yesterday, Reese Witherspoon showed off her classy Southern self when she defended Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career. Today, Reese is defending something that gets criticized a lot – the Southern menu. She’s talking about her love of fried chicken and biscuits, of course. Reese doesn’t mention gravy, but I’d bet she enjoys the whole Southern menu, gravy and all.

In the South, fried chicken is a food group unto itself. If a restaurant doesn’t have it on the menu, it’s going to fail. Even the Chinese places recognize this – every Chinese buffet (in my town, at least) has several fried chicken dishes. As a native of Tennessee, Reese was probably gnawing on a drumstick since she was a toddler.

Reese Witherspoon can’t stop eating fried food!

The Legally Blonde beauty – who is currently dating hunky actor Jake Gyllenhaal – says that she refuses to cut back on her food and whenever she feels down in the dumps she reaches for a bucket of fried chicken.

She dishes, “When I’m feeling down I love to pig out on fried chicken.”

“I just love it. I can’t help it though – I’m from the South. It’s just the best and always picks me up. Then I always eat lots of biscuits too. People always look surprised when I say that but it’s true.”

Reese could be in danger of losing her fab figure by eating all this junk food – she recently revealed how she hates working out.

“If I never had to see the inside of a gym again, I’d be a very happy person,” she said. Even the idea of it, I hate.”

[From Showbiz Spy]

Happiness is chicken, deep-fried in peanut oil. Canola oil is second best, in a pinch, or if you’re cutting calories. I wonder if Reese fries her own, or if she has a favorite Southern-style place in Los Angeles. I’d also be willing to bet she has an affection for chicken-fried steak, grits, Cajun shrimp and anything cooked with real butter. God, I love the South. Butter! Hurray! That’s actually one of the reasons I have such an affection for Reese – she’s so unapologetically Southern. When is lunch?

Here’s Reese at the “Monsters vs Aliens Premiere” on March 22nd. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

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  1. HEB says:

    Light Beer. Less Calories.

    I love bicuits. Not crazy about Fried chicken. But I grew up in Connecticut. I can disassemble a lobster in 3 minutes.

  2. SmartyPants says:

    And on that mouth-watering note… off to the gym.

  3. Heather says:

    I worked at a restaurant in college that sold – and I’m not kidding – chicken fried LOBSTER.

    ‘Course, it was a small town in Texas, so go figure.

    The Southern diet. Man I miss that since I’ve moved North. Kaiser, you got it right – chicken fried steak, grits (with Velveeta), gravy, mashed potatoes, yum.

  4. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Slap on some corn on the cob and mashed potatoes with white pepper gravy and we are TALKING HEAVEN ON A PLATE !!

  5. AlaskaJoey says:

    I will never understand chicken fried steak – doesn’t it make the steak all tough? I do love fried chicken and biscuits, though – yum!

  6. Call Me Al says:

    Please. To her, “pigging out” means having fried chicken once a year and only having one piece. She probably picks the skin off. I bet next week she will appear on the cover of “SELF” magazine talking about her macrobiotic diet.

  7. I Choose Me says:

    Hate the dress but nice gams there Reese. Mmmm, fried chicken. Done right it is heaven.

  8. manda says:

    frying chicken or making chicken fried steak totally stinks up the house. But, it is SO good. And biscuits? yummmmmmmmmm. Popeyes has the best biscuits, hands down. I get chicken from kfc and biscuits from popeyes

  9. the original kate says:

    i also grew up in the south and nothing in the world compares to my mother’s buttermilk biscuits. also, shrimp & grits, cornbread and sweet tea, with red velvet cake. yum!

  10. Mme X says:

    not a fan of the dress but love the shoes.

  11. Orangejulius says:

    I guess I’d make a lousy southerner – the idea of all that grease makes me gag and I totally agree that she probaly eats very little of the stuff. Bring on the cornbread.

  12. Blah blah blah says:

    Ugh, I could totally go for some biscuits right now.

  13. Annie says:

    Amen! I’m totally down for some yumminess. I’m starving now.



    If any of you are in LA area, you need to either go to the one in Long Beach or the one on Pico. (There are a couple other ones too, but I go to those) And AMAZING. So. Frickin. Good. Best waffles of my life and that chicken! ZOMG.

  14. KateNonymous says:

    @Annie, Thanks. Now I won’t stop thinking about Roscoe’s.

  15. Raven says:

    Fried chicken and homemade biscuits are not junk food. Now deep fried Twinkies and Snickers bars, also popular at fairs in the South, are the real junk food.

  16. czarina says:

    It could be, too, that Reese is just one of those people who have a fast metabolism and don’t gain weight all that easily.
    (If that is true AND she’s dating Jake Gyllenhaal, I will be forced to hate her forever…sorry, that’s just the Woman’s Code)

  17. Joolzz says:

    so when are we gonna have a meet and greet specifically for all the food mentioned above LOLOLOL. I can bring some Canadian bacon. hehehe

  18. TinaWithPom says:

    Does Miss Witherspoon know that super lean, skinless chicken breasts dipped in gluten-free batter and fried in olestra oil do not count as “fried chicken.” Specially prepared butterless, low-fat, low-carb, low-sodium biscuits don’t count
    as “biscuits” either. At least not in my neck of the (Southern) woods.

  19. jaime says:

    what are biscuits? in Australia biscuit means cookie. i’m sure you don’t eat these with fried chicken?

  20. tasteT says:

    maybe like a scone or crumpet for you..
    made w/ bread

    some people like cheese biscuits..

    too much will kill ya 🙂

  21. jaime says:

    that still sounds weird, we have jam and cream on our scones 🙂 yum

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