Southern Fried Chicken

Traditional southern fried chicken recipes are simply chicken dredged in flour (corn flour) and deep fried, but this recipe use a most unusual ingredient – buttermilk – to further tenderize the chicken and gives it the moist texture when served.  I use the pan fried technique (different than deep fried) since I use enough oil to cover half the chicken when frying in the pan.  Also you need to use a cast iron pan as it retains the heat much better and it’ll give you the crispy coating when done.  This buttermilk fried chicken is great hot, but also makes a wonderful picnic item served cold.

Serve four

Time required: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Important note:

  • Use a cast iron pan
  • Use corn oil or peanut oil
  • Soak chicken in butter milk over night or at least eight hours
Southern Fried Chicken


  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1 whole fryer (3-4 lbs) – cut into ten pieces with back bone removed

Spice mixture

  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Spanish paprika
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾  cups peanut oil (for pan frying)


  • In a large mixing bowl add the buttermilk, add chicken pieces. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Take chicken pieces out and put on a cookie rack for dripping (allow the excess butter milk to drip)
  • Sprinkle spice mix on chicken (both side) and let it sit for an hour.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour and do not shake off excess.
  • Heat the cast iron pan in medium heat and carefully place chicken pieces in the pan.  You only want enough oil to cover half the chicken.  You’ll get a crispy coating and a golden brown color.
  • Fry one side for five minutes and turn over for another five minutes.
  • Leave cooked chicken pieces on a cookie rack to drip excess.
  • Serve chicken hot or at room temperature within 2 hours, or chill up to 1 day and serve cold.
Chicken pieces in butter milk
Chicken on rack for dripping
Spice mixture
Sprinkle spice mix
Coat with flour
Chicken pieces with flour
Heat up oil in cast iron pan
Pan fried chicken
Chicken pan fried in oil
Southern Fried Chicken with Greek Salad and cream and peaches corn – Dinner is served

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