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Beer-Battered Fried Buttermilk Chicken

Russ Myers


A buttermilk soak and beer-battered coating creates extra-moist and delicious fried chicken.

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6 Servings
1 Hr
Stove Top



3 c
2 Tbsp
kosher salt
1 Tbsp
freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp
cayenne pepper
4 lb
medium chicken wings, thighs and drumsticks


2 c
all-purpose flour
2 tsp
onion powder
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 tsp
kosher salt
2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
18 oz
crisp beer, such as lager or pilsner (2 1/4 cups)
vegetable oil, for frying

How to Make Beer-Battered Fried Buttermilk Chicken


  • 1In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk with the salt, black pepper and cayenne.

    Add the chicken and turn to coat.

    Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • 2In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and black pepper.

    Whisk in the beer to make a thin batter.
  • 3Drain the chicken and thoroughly pat thoroughly dry with paper towels.

    Transfer the chicken to the batter, turning to coat.
  • 4In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 350°.

    Set a rack over a baking sheet and line the rack with paper towels.

    Lift the chicken from the bowl, letting the excess batter drip back into the bowl.

    Fry the chicken in batches at 315°, turning once, until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 160°; about 18 minutes for wings and 20 minutes for thighs, breasts and drumsticks.

    Transfer the fried chicken to the rack and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • 5Note:
    The FRIED chicken can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours.

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About Beer-Battered Fried Buttermilk Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American