The Best Fried Chicken

The Best Fried Chicken


For the Chicken:

  • 3-4 pounds chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs, wings, or a combination)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Coating:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Frying:

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Cooking Steps:

Marinating the Chicken:

Step 1: In a large bowl, season chicken pieces with salt and black pepper.

Step 2: Pour buttermilk over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Coating the Chicken:

Step 3: In a large, shallow dish, combine all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the coating mixture.

Step 4: Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or large, deep skillet to 350°F (175°C).

Step 5: Take each marinated chicken piece, allowing excess buttermilk to drip off, and coat it thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture. Press the coating onto the chicken for better adherence.

Frying the Chicken:

Step 6: Carefully place the coated chicken pieces in the preheated oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding. Fry for 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and has an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Step 7: Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Step 8: Allow the fried chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serve The Best Fried Chicken hot and crispy for a deliciously satisfying meal that captures the essence of classic Southern comfort food. Enjoy the crispy exterior and juicy interior of this homemade fried chicken masterpiece!

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