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Classic Fried Chicken

A white plate filled with Classic Fried Chicken and French fries.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Fry until golden brown. To test for done-ness, pierce chicken. When juices run clear, it’s ready.
  4. Drain on a wire rack for 3 minutes.


Comments (2)

barbara crawford

tried this the kids loved it

shirley henley

I add other spices to my flour i.e. thyme, sweet basil, garlic granules, onion powder, sage powder, I also use beaten egg in lieu of buttermilk sometimes. The herbs add a bit more flavor to the Chicken kindda like the Colonels’.

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Published on Mar 15 2016

Last Updated on Nov 01 2018

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