19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

After searching high and low for a recipe that is tasty but very crispy, this was created from taking various recipe finds and merging them. The secret is in the cornmeal/flour mixture, as well as the cast-iron skillet.

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place chicken drumsticks and thighs in a bowl and pour enough buttermilk over chicken to cover. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

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  • Combine flour, cornmeal, granulated onion, granulated garlic, thyme, salt, paprika, monosodium glutamate, baking powder, and cayenne pepper in a large, wide bowl.

  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and shake off excess. Discard buttermilk. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.

  • Dip chicken into egg whites and press into flour mixture. Allow coated chicken to rest on a wire rack for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Fill a cast-iron skillet or deep fryer with vegetable oil about 1/3 full. Heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  • Fry chicken in hot oil in batches until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Thighs may take longer to fry than drumsticks. Transfer fried chicken to a wire rack or a paper towel-lined tray to drain. Keep chicken warm in preheated oven while frying remaining pieces.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the 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 the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

767 calories; 38.7 g total fat; 149 mg cholesterol; 2789 mg sodium. 46.6 g carbohydrates; 55.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
Everyone just loved this chicken. It got rave reviews at dinner. I made the recipe exactly as posted with one exception. I did not use the MSG. thank you so much for posting the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2018
The chicken didn't get done! Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
Everyone just loved this chicken. It got rave reviews at dinner. I made the recipe exactly as posted with one exception. I did not use the MSG. thank you so much for posting the recipe. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2013
Very good chicken. The cornmeal adds a nice crunch. Just had to make sure to shake off all the excess breading. We will be making this again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2013
I want this to work as I've been trying several recipes for crispy fried chicken but I need help. I followed this recipe re ingredients and temperatures but the chicken turned out burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. I must have missed something! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2015
This is a true Southern Fried Chicken recipe...I've made it for years. To those of you who "burned on outside pink in middle you could of done a number of things either "flame to high crowed your pieces or did not make sure pieces were of the same uniform size. Also make sure oli is hot enough before placing piecec in...Any GOOD quality deep fry pan will work. Do NOT fill oil more than one inch. Make sure "one side is completely browned and crispy "before turning over. Do not "over turn. You must use the buttermilk to get it tender and juicy. It "does not change or alter the flavor in any way:)..I do cook at approx.370...350 is not hot enough to get that "instant crisp." after about 5 minutes that "seals the juices".Take your time. Never be in a hurry when making this.You can change up the spices you use. Sometimes I use Italian spice mix with added garlic powder(yum) and then other times I make it spicy with garlic powder/salt pepper to taste.MAKE SURE to drain on paper towels or you'll get "wet coating". Do this EVERY time you fry anything. Never skip o the "little details when you cook. Enjoy! I get requests for my old fashion Southern fried chicken ALL the time. Its TOTALLY different than the " you get in restrurants:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/13/2013
Burnt on the outside and raw inside also. It was better when we cooked it at 375 but it was still burnt. The chicken was nice and juicy but I would not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2018
The chicken didn't get done! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2017
I thought I was a competent cook but this recipe challenged me from marinading the chicken (which I skinned) in buttermilk for 12-24 hours to resting prepared chicken on a rack (which I didn't). The biggest problem was trying to maintain a steady temperature in my cast iron skillet. Maybe it would have gone better in a deep fryer. A few pieces came out pretty good but many of them were burnt outside/undercooked inside. I wouldn't try it again without a fryer. At least I went the easier route and used all chicken legs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2015
My husband is a very picky man. He is usually the cook in the house and a VERY good one at that!! I do have to say that I felt a great deal of accomplishment when he tried this chicken after I made it and said that it was the best he had ever had. Thanks so much for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2017
This was great. Came out great. Then again I know proper frying technique. Good recipe! Read More
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