Fried Chicken

Cuisine: American

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Serves: 16

Who doesn’t love a piece of crispy and juicy fried chicken? With this simple recipe, you can make this classic treat, right at home, in under an hour!

  • Chicken breasts - 4 pieces
  • Chicken legs - 4 pieces
  • Chicken thighs - 4 pieces
  • Chicken wings - 4 pieces
  • All-purpose flour - 6 cups
  • Buttermilk - 2 cups
  • Ground black pepper - 5 tablespoons
  • Garlic salt - 4 tablespoons
  • Paprika - 1 tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil - for frying

Restaurant-Style Fried Chicken at Home!

  1. Heat the vegetable oil to 325 degrees F in a deep fryer or a large pot on the stove. 
  2. Mix the flour, black pepper, garlic salt, and paprika in a large bowl. Set it aside. 
  3. In another large bowl, pour in the buttermilk. 
  4. Place your chicken in a bowl or tray next to the bowl of buttermilk, and the dry mixture after that. 
  5. Dust each piece of chicken with the flour mixture, dip them into the buttermilk, and then dip them into the flour mixture. 
  6. Gently drop the coated pieces of chicken one by one into the deep fryer or the pot of oil. Let them fry for about 15 minutes. 
  7. Then, use a thermometer to check the temperature of one of the chicken breasts. If the temperature is 180 degrees F, take out all the chicken and place it on a wire rack or a plate lined with paper towels. 
  8.  Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Chef Tip: If you have the time, brine your chicken overnight before frying. You’ll end up with juicy and incredibly flavorful fried chicken.

Follow this super easy fried chicken recipe for a dinner party, a treat for your kids, or a fun Sunday lunch with your loved ones. 

Quick Bites

Fun Fact

• Eating fried chicken was never as easy as popping to the closest KFC outlet and paying a few bucks.

• Before WWII, fried chicken was a special occasion or luxury food. This was because of the scarcity of broiler chicken and its limited availability only during spring. Its lengthy preparation method wasn't favourable till modern cooking technologies took over. Boy, aren't we lucky?

Historical Fact

• The term “fried chicken” was first recorded in American English in the year the 1830s.

• The story suggests that in the 18th century, an enormous number of Scottish immigrants arrived in America, most of whom settled in the southern states. They brought along their culinary tradition of fried chicken and their cooking method involved unseasoned chicken fried in fat.

Nutrition Fact

• One piece of fried chicken weighing 140g could have 377 calories of which 188 is from fat.

• Fried chicken is an excellent source of proteins, it contains niacin which helps lower bad cholesterol levels. It also contains selenium which prevents arthritis.

As long as you have this dish in moderation, you are good to go.