Classic Southern Fried Chicken


Experience the heartwarming comfort of our Classic Southern Fried Chicken. This timeless recipe delivers perfectly crispy, golden-brown chicken with a juicy, tender interior. Marinated in buttermilk and seasoned with a blend of spices, it's a dish that's sure to evoke memories of warm, family gatherings and Southern hospitality.

Classic Southern Fried Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time (including marination): 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 2 pieces


  • Chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breasts): 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds)
  • Buttermilk: 500 ml (17 ounces)
  • All-purpose flour: 300 grams (10.6 ounces)
  • Paprika: 5 grams (0.18 ounces)
  • Garlic powder: 5 grams (0.18 ounces)
  • Onion powder: 5 grams (0.18 ounces)
  • Dried thyme: 1 gram (0.03 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Vegetable oil: for frying

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate the chicken pieces in buttermilk overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Fry chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes per batch.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the chicken is at room temperature before frying for even cooking.
  • Don't overcrowd the fryer or pot, as it lowers the oil temperature.
  • For extra crispiness, double-dredge the chicken by dipping it again in buttermilk and flour mixture before frying.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, use a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour.

How do I store leftovers? Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat in the oven.

Can I air fry this chicken? Yes, though the texture will be different from traditional frying.