Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Can Southern Fried Chicken be made ahead of time?

Southern Fried Chicken is best cooked and consumed immediately.

Is Southern Fried Chicken suitable for leftovers?

Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave or oven, however, the coating will soften.

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Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Southern Fried Chicken

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  • Total Time: 13 – 17 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt, plus extra to serve
  • 4 chicken thigh fillets, fat trimmed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • Oil for frying (see note 1)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices and salt, and sprinkle over both sides of the chicken.
  2. Dredge the chicken in the buttermilk, followed immediately by the flour. Shake off any excess.
  3. In a large, deep pan, heat the oil on medium heat.
  4. Cook the chicken for 8-12 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  5. Drain on a paper towel.
  6. Sprinkle with extra salt to serve.

Notes

Note 1 – Deep frying is the best way to achieve crispy golden chicken. A high smoke point, neutral oil such as canola or vegetable oil is best. You will need enough oil so that the base of the pan is fully covered and at least 3 cm or 1 and 1/4″ deep. This is a video on how you can clean your oil and reuse it although I usually skip this step, strain the oil and keep it in a jar, refrigerated, until I need to use it again.

MAKE AHEAD

Best cooked and consumed immediately.

LEFTOVERS

Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave or oven, however, the coating will soften.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 -12 mins
  • Category: chicken, fried chicken, crispy fried chicken, southern fried chicken
  • Method: deep pan fry
  • Cuisine: American