Miss Gillian's Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs

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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks, skin removed

  • 4 cups buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce

  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 pinch poultry seasoning

  • 1 quart canola oil for frying, or as needed


  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

464 Calories
23g Fat
25g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1195mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 495mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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