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Southern Crispy Delight: Buttermilk Bliss Fried Chicken

Fried chicken in a white bowl with a grey background


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (or your preferred chicken parts)

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (can use all-purpose gluten free as well)

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and cover them with buttermilk. Make sure all the chicken pieces are submerged. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results. This step helps tenderize the chicken and adds flavor.

  2. In a shallow dish or large resealable plastic bag, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well to combine all the spices.

  3. Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat until it reaches about 350°F (175°C).

  5. While the oil is heating, dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour mixture, making sure to coat it thoroughly. Shake off any excess flour.

  6. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces in the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the chicken in batches if necessary to ensure even cooking.

  7. Fry the chicken pieces for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (75°C).

  8. Once cooked, transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.

  9. Serve the buttermilk fried chicken hot, alongside your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or biscuits.

This Southern Crispy Delight: Buttermilk Bliss Fried Chicken is sure to delight your family and friends with its crispy, golden exterior and juicy, flavorful interior. Enjoy this timeless classic!

Want to add a little spice to this traditional recipe? How about topping them with a little hot honey sauce.

Hot Honey Sauce

  1. 1/2 cup Honey

  2. 1/4 cup Hot Sauce

  3. 3 Tbsp Butter

  4. 1 Tbsp packed Brown Sugar

  5. 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

  6. 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

  7. 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder

  8. 1/2 tsp. Mustard Powder

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Once butter is melted, bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low until ready to serve. Drizzle over your fried chicken and enjoy!


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