Fried Chicken Recipe

This classic fried chicken recipe yields crispy, flavorful chicken that’s perfect for any occasion. Serve it with your favorite sides for a delightful meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (or 8-10 chicken thighs/drumsticks)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • In a large bowl, pour the buttermilk over the chicken pieces, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  1. Prepare the Coating:
  • In a large, shallow dish, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to ensure even seasoning.
  1. Coat the Chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off. Dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture, pressing the flour onto the chicken to create a thick, even coating. Place the coated chicken pieces on a wire rack and let them rest for about 15-20 minutes. This helps the coating adhere better.
  1. Heat the Oil:
  • In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, pour in enough vegetable oil to reach a depth of about 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C). You can use a thermometer to check the temperature.
  1. Fry the Chicken:
  • Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil, a few at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the chicken for about 10-12 minutes per side, or until the coating is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Adjust the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature.
  1. Drain and Serve:
  • Remove the fried chicken from the oil and place it on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve your crispy fried chicken hot with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or biscuits.

Tips:

  • For extra-crispy chicken, you can double-dip by repeating the buttermilk and flour coating process.
  • If you prefer oven-fried chicken, bake the coated chicken pieces on a greased baking sheet at 400°F (200°C) for about 35-40 minutes, turning halfway through.

Enjoy your delicious homemade fried chicken!

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