Easy Tex-Mex Fried Chicken


This fried chicken is first marinated in buttermilk and taco seasoning, then fried to crispy perfection. It's great served with rice and refried beans topped with melted cheese.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 quart buttermilk

  • 2 (1.25 ounce) packages taco seasoning mix, divided

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or more as needed

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Combine chicken, buttermilk, and 1 packet taco seasoning in a resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake, then let marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  3. Mix together flour and remaining packet taco seasoning in a shallow dish or plate. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.

  4. Fry chicken in hot oil on both sides until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

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)

548 Calories
14g Fat
60g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 548
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 1629mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 304mg 23%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 721mg 15%

* 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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