On a popular TV cook-off show, contestant Miss Gillian won with a recipe for crispy fried chicken that I've imitated here, to excellent family reviews.


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10 mins
30 mins
8 hrs
8 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place chicken thighs and drumsticks in a large bowl or plastic container, along with buttermilk, hot sauce, and garlic cloves. Stir and coat the chicken, cover, and soak for 8 hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator.

  • Remove chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  • Combine flour, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning on a dinner plate. Dredge chicken in the flour mixture.

  • Heat 2 inches oil in a large frying pan to 370 degrees F (188 degrees C). Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Place 4 or 5 pieces chicken at a time into the hot oil; about half of each piece should be submerged in oil. Cook, being careful not to poke or touch the pieces more than is necessary, as this cracks the coating and leads to greasy chicken, until golden and no longer pink in the centers, about 4 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer chicken pieces to a large roasting pan.

  • Roast chicken in the preheated oven until crispy, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

464 calories; protein 36.6g; carbohydrates 24.6g; fat 23.4g; cholesterol 110.7mg; sodium 1195.3mg. Full Nutrition