Heather's Fried Chicken


A wonderful recipe for deep-fried chicken with a Southern taste all its own. The hint of tangy buttermilk under a crispy coating of deliciousness makes this chicken stand out.

Heather's Fried Chicken on white plate with coleslaw in background
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 25 mins
6 thighs and 6 drumsticks


  • 6 chicken thighs

  • 6 chicken drumsticks

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 quart cold water, to cover

  • 2 cups cold buttermilk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning mix (see note)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons chicken seasoning mix (see note)

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying


  1. Place chicken thighs and drumsticks in a large bowl, cover with cold water, and mix in salt. Cover and refrigerate from 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Rinse chicken thoroughly. Mix buttermilk, beaten egg, and 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.

  3. Place chicken pieces into buttermilk mixture and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Place flour and 2 tablespoons chicken seasoning into a shallow bowl and mix until combined. Remove chicken from buttermilk bath, shake off excess buttermilk, and press into flour. Tap off excess flour.

  6. Gently place chicken into hot oil, 3 or 4 pieces at a time; fry chicken until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes per batch.

  7. Remove chicken pieces to a cooling rack set over paper towels to remove excess oil before serving.

Cook's Note:

To make chicken seasoning mix: Stir together 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, and 3 tablespoons salt. Store in an airtight container.

Seasoning blend can be altered to your taste; some may find it too salty.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the flour and buttermilk. The actual amounts 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 the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

946 Calories
58g Fat
53g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 946
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 215mg 72%
Sodium 3673mg 160%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 662mg 14%

* 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.