Real Southern Fried Chicken
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
- 3 cups buttermilk, divided
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- In a shallow bowl, whisk 2 cups buttermilk, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Meanwhile, place remaining buttermilk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, whisk flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and remaining salt and pepper. Place half of flour mixture in another shallow bowl (for a second coat of breading). Drain chicken, discarding marinade; pat chicken dry. Dip in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in buttermilk, allowing excess to drain off. For the second coat of breading, dip chicken in remaining flour mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
- Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 580 calories, 39g fat (7g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.
Dec 16, 2018
Usually I can count on Taste of Home to provide good quality recipes. Speaking as a true Southerner, this is not "Real Southern Fried Chicken". I did half a batch in a deep fryer and the other half on the stove. There was not a good crunch to the chicken, the spices are almost non-existent and the time recommended on each side is inaccurate. Any southerner knows it takes a minimum of 15 minutes to cook an average chicken. I am not sure if anyone tried this before posting, but it really is not a good recipe (I'm sorry for being brutally honest, but just don't want anyone to try it as is). I usually double dip mine in milk, so thought I'd try the buttermilk. I used peanut oil, which makes the best chicken.