Southern Spicy Fried Chicken


This spicy fried chicken recipe is finger-licking good! It's a keeper and a must-try.

close up view of Southern Spicy Fried Chicken strips on a plate with waffles
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
10 pieces


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 quart buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper; place them in a deep-sided baking dish.

  2. Whisk buttermilk, hot pepper sauce, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper together in a large bowl; pour over chicken, tossing to coat all sides. Cover the dish with plastic wrap; marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; shake off excess. Discard remaining buttermilk mixture.

  4. Place flour, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag; shake well to combine. Place 2 or 3 pieces of chicken at a time into the plastic bag and shake well to coat chicken pieces with seasoned flour.

  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  6. Gently place chicken pieces into hot oil and fry until chicken is cooked through and golden brown, about 8 to10 minutes for breasts and wings, and 13 to 15 minutes for thighs and drumsticks. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Drain fried chicken on paper towels.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. 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 specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

480 Calories
24g Fat
42g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 480
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 360mg 8%

* 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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