Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken

Jennifer Utley

By
@jeneth38

Found this recipe and it's a MUST KEEPER! Perfect for picnics and family gatherings. Our family loves getting together for Sunday Suppers. This recipe is a family favorite!


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Serves:

6

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Ingredients

3 c
buttermilk
1/3 c
coarse salt
2 Tbsp
sugar
2 1/2 - 3 lb
meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)
2 c
all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
black pepper
3/4 c
buttermilk
cooking oil

WANT SPICY?

prepare as above, except add 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
For brine, in a resealable plastic bag set in a bowl combine the 3 cups buttermilk, the coarse salt, and sugar. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Add all chicken pieces to the brine; seal bag. Chill for 2 to 4 hours; remove chicken from brine. Drain chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine.
2
In a large bowl combine flour, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Place the 3/4 cup buttermilk in a shallow dish. Coat chicken with flour mixture. Dip in the buttermilk; coat again with flour mixture.
3
Meanwhile, in a deep, heavy Dutch oven or kettle, or a deep-fat fryer, heat 1-1/2 inches oil to 350 degrees F. Using tongs carefully add a few pieces of chicken to Dutch oven. (Oil temperature will drop; maintain temperature at 325 degrees F.) Fry chicken for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F for breasts; 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks), and coating is golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep fried chicken warm in a 300 degree F oven while frying remaining chicken pieces.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tag: For Kids