Good Ole' Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Sam & Kaye Allen


There are a couple of things you will need to fry good fried chicken. An iron skillet and peanut oil. The iron skillet retains the heat and you can brown chicken faster and on a lower temperature. The peanut oil has a higher burn temperature compared to other oils. I hope you enjoy this recipe!


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45 Min
35 Min
Pan Fry


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  • 1
    whole chicken cut up (discard the back)
  • 1 qt
    buttermilk (you can make buttermilk by adding 8 teaspoon white vinegar to 8 cups fresh milk, let sour for 5 minutes)
  • 2 Tbsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    all purpose seasoning (morton's nature's seasoning mix is good)
  • 1 tsp
    salt and pepper
  • 40 oz
    peanut oil
  • 1
    13" iron skillet w/ lid

How to Make Good Ole' Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken


  1. Mix vinegar and milk and let it sour for 5 minutes. Cut up whole chicken, discard the back.
  2. Mix cayenne in buttermilk. Place chicken in plastic container and cover chicken with buttermilk mixture and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. The chicken is better soaked overnight.
  3. Drain chicken on rack turning twice and pat each side dry
  4. Mix flour, paprika, seasoning, salt & pepper in a pan and coat the chicken completely with flour mixture. Place on rack skin side up and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove chicken from refrigerator and heat the oil in iron skillet to 350 degrees.
  6. Place chicken skin side down in skillet and cook on high temperature for 13 minutes.
  7. Carefully turn chicken over (skin side up) and reduce temperature to los-medium. Cook with LID ON for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid. Turn temperature to high and turn the chicken over (skin side down)
  9. Cook for another 5 minutes or until chicken is golden brown.
  10. Place chicken on rack or paper towel to drain. Serve with green beans and homemade potato salad and you have a true Sunday SouthernLlunch.

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About Good Ole' Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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