Down Home Chicken


This is a real Southern chicken dish. The buttermilk tenderizes the bird and the bacon fat brings back the down home flavor!

8 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces

  • 4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 5 cups shortening for frying

  • ¼ cup bacon grease


  1. Place the cut up chicken into a large resealable bag or a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken, seal or cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk. In a bowl, stir together the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, flour and sugar; pour onto a plate.

  3. Heat the shortening and bacon drippings in a large skillet or electric skillet to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and place it into the hot fat. Fry on one side for 10 minutes, then turn and fry 10 minutes on the reverse side. If softer skin is desired, cover the skillet for the last 10 minutes. Remove and drain on brown paper grocery bags. (The smaller pieces will be finished first. The chicken is done when the juices run clear.)


The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

697 Calories
42g Fat
35g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 697
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 539mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 522mg 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.