Old fashioned, buttermilk marinated, flour coated, crispy, tender fried chicken recipe.
Recently at dinner my father instructed me, “tell your website readers that your dad says this is a good one.” Done, dad. This chicken is good—perfectly tender, well flavored, crunchy—just what one wants in fried chicken.
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (divided)
- Table salt
- dash hot sauce
- 3 teaspoons ground black pepper (divided)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (divided)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (divided)
- 3 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, or a mix, with breasts cut in half), trimmed of excess fat
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
For the brine:
- Whisk 1 cup buttermilk, 1 tablespoon salt, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and pinch of cayenne together in large bowl.
- Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
For the chicken:
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 2 teaspoons black pepper, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon paprika, and remaining cayenne together in large bowl.
- Add remaining ¼ cup buttermilk to flour mixture and mix with fingers until combined and small clumps form.
- Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, pressing mixture onto pieces to form thick, even coating. Place dredged chicken on large plate, skin side up.
- Heat oil in 11-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat to 375 degrees. Carefully place chicken pieces in pan, skin side down, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Carefully flip and continue to cook until golden brown on second side, 2 to 4 minutes longer.
- Transfer chicken to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake chicken until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees for breasts and 175 for legs and thighs, 15 to 20 minutes.
- (Smaller pieces may cook faster than larger pieces. Remove pieces from oven as they reach -correct temperature.)
- Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.