Super crunchy, classic Southern fried chicken with a slightly salty, flavorful bite. The meat is tender and juicy, and the exterior is light and crispy. Take your time with this… let the soak happen overnight and cook in batches. Cook extra because who doesn't love cold fried chicken? Serve with mashed potatoes and coleslaw with soft rolls to create that perfect bite.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
5 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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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  • Combine chicken, buttermilk, hot sauce, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in a large, non-reactive bowl. Stir until chicken is well coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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  • Combine flour, 2 teaspoons salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, remaining 1 teaspoon pepper, and cayenne in a large bowl; whisk until well combined.

  • Remove chicken from the refrigerator. Working with one piece at a time, remove from the marinade and allow excess to drip off. Coat evenly in the flour mixture, and set on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Pour oil into a large Dutch oven to a depth of 1 inch. Heat over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Add a few chicken pieces to the hot oil and cook, turning once or twice, until golden brown on the outside, no longer pink at the bone, and the juices run clear, 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Maintain the oil temperature around 320 degrees F (160 degrees C) during cooking. Remove chicken to a clean wire rack set over a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Return oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and repeat to fry remaining chicken.

  • Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Small to medium pieces work best for frying because they cook evenly. If using larger bone-in chicken breasts, cut them in half to ease the process.

You can use a large zip-top bag to coat chicken instead of a bowl, if preferred.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of buttermilk marinade and flour batter. The actual amount consumed will vary.

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 Facts

695 calories; protein 50.1g; carbohydrates 45.5g; fat 33.5g; cholesterol 141.7mg; sodium 1558mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2021
Wow I hope you like salt. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/17/2021
So all though it is a very good recipe overall, I have many family members from the south (Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas), and none of them stated this is a classic southern fried chicken recipe unless it’s from the very spicy south. The title should absolutely reflect it as a Hot / Spicy Classic Southern Fried Chicken. As a retired Award Winning Chef this is a very important note that’s been omitted from the title. When one is making a title you have to think of it as what would you call it in a restaurant. If someone were to order this in a restaurant and not be aware of the hot sauce and Cayenne Pepper involvement…. I’d say a manger will be summoned to the table. Besides that, I made this recipe and it turned out very very well. It was very crispy and very tender. For those who havGood luck when submitting future recipes, this was a gooder beyond the title. Read More