For a taste of the South, try this simple yet classic fried chicken recipe. The dry rub is simple; you only need flour, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper for a complex and delicious taste. This recipe’s secret weapon is using buttermilk to dip the chicken in between tossing in the dry ingredients. Classic fried chicken is a perfect recipe for warm spring days, backyard barbecues, or a fun sit-down dinner with family and friends.
Classic Fried Chicken Ingredients
1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t. ground black pepper
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1 c. buttermilk
oil for frying
- Pat the chicken dry. In a large plastic food-safe bag, combine all dry ingredients. Dredge chicken pieces two at a time inside the bag, shaking off any excess.
- Pour buttermilk in a shallow bowl and dip the coated chicken in the buttermilk. Place the chicken back in the flour mixture one more time to coat.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees. Fry until golden brown. To test for done-ness, pierce chicken. When juices run clear, it’s ready.
- Drain on a wire rack for 3 minutes.