Beginning in the mid-1920s, the Knott family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, later called “Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.” The dinners soon became a major tourist draw, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors while waiting for a seat in the restaurant. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property, the beginning of the present-day theme park.
Knott’s Fried Chicken Recipe
- 3 lbs. frying chickens cut up
- Salt water to soak chicken in
- 2 cups flour
- 1 quart cooking oil
Soak chicken for at least one hour and pat dry
Coat each piece of chicken with flour and shake off any excess flour.
Bring oil up to temp in an iron skillet or large frying pan and carefully drop in chicken pieces.
Cover and fry for 45 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear.
Remove chicken when done and drain on paper towels.
Serves 5 to 6