Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken
For the seasoned flour:
Toss together chicken pieces, black pepper, salt, paprika, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, white pepper, and cayenne in a large bowl to coat.Advertisement
Stir in buttermilk until chicken is coated. Refrigerate for 6 hours.
Combine flour, salt, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, white pepper, and onion powder in a large shallow dish.
Remove chicken from the buttermilk and dredge each piece in the seasoned flour. Shake off any excess and transfer to a plate.
Heat peanut oil in a large Dutch oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Add all the chicken to the pan and cook for 10 minutes.
Turn chicken pieces and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Remove chicken from the oil and transfer to a cooling rack set over a paper towel lined baking sheet. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
The oil is 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) to start, but when the chicken goes in it will drop to about 300 degrees (150 degrees C). It should rise back to 305-310 degrees F (155 degrees C) and be held at that temperature until done, about 20 minutes.
The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of buttermilk. The actual amount of buttermilk consumed will vary.
Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.