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Southern Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

This fried chicken recipe will give you all the tips you need to get the crunchiest, juiciest, and most flavorful fried chicken!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4
Calories 731 kcal


  • 8 uncooked chicken parts (wings, legs, drumsticks, breast, etc.) with bone and skin
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


The Night Before: Pre-Season the Chicken

  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp black pepper, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp oregano, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the cup of buttermilk and egg together, and then whisk in the dry mixture.
  • Place each chicken piece into the bowl, coating fully.
  • Cover bowl (or place chicken in zip-lock bags) and refrigerate overnight.

Battering and Frying the Chicken

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp black pepper, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp oregano, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Mix in a few tablespoons of buttermilk with a fork, making the mixture slightly crumbly.
  • Remove each piece of chicken from the bowl or bags, making sure it is still evenly coated in the buttermilk mixture, and let the excess drip off. Thoroughly coat the chicken with the flour mixture.
  • Pour the canola oil into your large skillet or wok, and heat on your stovetop at medium-high. Let oil come to temperature (should reach approx. 425 degrees).
  • For each piece of chicken, gently shake to remove any excess flour, and place them into the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and fry for 6 minutes, then carefully flip and fry for 4 more minutes.
  • One all pieces have been fried, transfer to a wire rack, place in a baking pan, and finish cooking in the 350-degree oven for 8 minutes.


Serving: 2piecesCalories: 731kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 50gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 1973mgPotassium: 724mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 740IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 5mg
Keyword buttermilk
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