Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken


This buttermilk fried chicken is a down-home recipe I have used for years, and I thought I would share it. The buttermilk marinade is terrific and is such a comfort food. This is not a recipe that can be done quickly, but the wait is well worth it!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 5 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a bowl.

    Marinade and chicken, separated.

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  2. Pour buttermilk marinade into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken pieces, coat with marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.

    Marinade to be placed in refrigerator.

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  3. Combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in another resealable plastic bag; shake to mix thoroughly.

    Preparing the seasoning.

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  4. Working with one piece at a time, transfer marinated chicken to the dry ingredient bag, seal the bag, and shake well to coat. After all chicken pieces are coated, repeat the process by dipping them in buttermilk marinade and shaking in the dry coating again. Then heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken on the pan.

    Coating chicken in seasoning.

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    Chicken before the pan is placed in the frying pan.

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  5. Fry chicken in batches in hot oil, turning chicken occasionally, until golden brown and juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    Completed chicken dish.

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    looking at a few golden-brown southern-style buttermilk fried chicken on a plate


Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used. The nutrition data for this recipe also includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

480 Calories
27g Fat
29g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 480
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 195mg 15%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 312mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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