This is without a doubt the crispiest chicken you will ever prepare. I have made it time and time again to wonderful reviews. We love Popeyes® chicken and this puts it to shame. This is great for family picnics and so much cheaper than buying take-out. Yummy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 chicken legs
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix cold water and kosher salt together in a large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken legs. Cover entire bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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  • Remove bowl from the refrigerator; drain and pat chicken dry with paper towels.

  • Place chicken legs in a plastic bag with 1 cup all-purpose flour and shake to coat.

  • Pour buttermilk into a bowl. Mix remaining flour, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in another bowl. Dip each chicken leg in buttermilk; move to flour mixture and coat well.

  • Heat canola oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry chicken legs in hot oil in batches until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Use black pepper instead of cayenne if you don't want a spicy coating.

Editor's Notes:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

538 calories; protein 49g; carbohydrates 39.1g; fat 19.1g; cholesterol 151.7mg; sodium 3838.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2020
First time I attempted fried chicken and my family was floored (they love to cook). So crunchy and crispy that they demanded it a second night in a row. Definitely, easy and one to add to the permanent repertoire! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/13/2019
This recipe's nutritional value cannot be anywhere near correct...it states that there is 8 chicken legs in the recipe and that there is 8 servings at over 500 calories per serving...and over 3800mg of sodium per serving...something is really wrong with these numbers, one chicken leg could not possibly have this many calories and sodium... Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2020
I didn't have buttermilk, so I just used regular milk. Turned out perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2020
Wonderfully addictive!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2020
The recipe was great. Delicious for dinner that night and cold the next day for lunch. I cooked mine in the deep fryer. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/13/2019
This recipe's nutritional value cannot be anywhere near correct...it states that there is 8 chicken legs in the recipe and that there is 8 servings at over 500 calories per serving...and over 3800mg of sodium per serving...something is really wrong with these numbers, one chicken leg could not possibly have this many calories and sodium... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2020
Family enjoyed the chicken, I did 6 mins per side and it was perfect with the oil at 310 degrees F Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2020
Chicken came out crispy but even with drying buttermilk off and then dipping in plain flour then re-dip in buttermilk then flour mix the breading came off. I’ll keep looking for a fried chicken recipe that suits us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2020
First time I attempted fried chicken and my family was floored (they love to cook). So crunchy and crispy that they demanded it a second night in a row. Definitely, easy and one to add to the permanent repertoire! Read More
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