Crispy-Golden Fried Chicken Recipe

This crispy-golden fried chicken recipe ensures you get perfectly crunchy, juicy, and flavorful chicken every time. Ideal for family gatherings, picnics, or a satisfying dinner.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (or 8-10 chicken pieces of your choice)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them.
  • Ensure the chicken is fully coated in buttermilk, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. This helps tenderize the chicken and adds flavor.
  1. Prepare the Coating:
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of spices.
  1. Coat the Chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Dredge each piece in the flour mixture, pressing firmly to ensure a thick, even coating.
  • Place the coated chicken on a wire rack and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This helps the coating adhere better.
  1. Heat the Oil:
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). There should be enough oil to submerge the chicken pieces.
  1. Fry the Chicken:
  • Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot oil, a few at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the chicken until golden brown and crispy, about 12-15 minutes for dark meat and 10-12 minutes for white meat. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
  • Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain the oil temperature.
  1. Drain and Serve:
  • Using tongs, remove the fried chicken from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain excess oil.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to retain its crispiness.

Enjoy your crispy-golden fried chicken with your favorite dipping sauces and sides, such as coleslaw, mashed potatoes, or biscuits!

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