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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Southern Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken ... probably too much. I don't eat it often because it's not really the healthiest choice out there. Sometimes though, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do - and that's eat some fried chicken! 

I know a lot of people are intimidated by the thought of frying chicken. It doesn't have to be scary. My family prefers boneless, skinless chicken breasts - but use whatever your family prefers. It took my chicken about 11-12 minutes per side to be golden brown and cooked through. Don't try to cook your chicken too fast ... You'll burn the outside and the inside will still be raw. It will take a good 10-20 minutes per side depending the kind of chicken pieces you're using and how big they are. If in doubt, check the temperature of the chicken - it should be at least 165° F before eating.

Southern Fried Chicken
Yield: 6-8 servings

3 lb. chicken pieces of your choice
3 cups all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 qt. buttermilk
2 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
Vegetable oil, for frying

Heat the oil to 350° F in a large, deep skillet. It should be about an inch or so deep. 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Mix well. In a separate large bowl, combine the buttermilk and hot pepper sauce. Mix well. 

Coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, coating evenly. Shake off excess flour and dip the chicken pieces in the buttermilk mixture. Coat well. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and allow excess to drip off. Add chicken pieces back into the flour mixture, one at a time, coating well. 

Carefully add chicken pieces to the hot oil. Cook chicken until golden brown on both sides or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F., flipping once. Make sure you don't overcrowd the pan - fry in batches if necessary. Drain on paper towels. 

My personal preference - serve with extra hot sauce on the side! ;)

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Ooohhh I LOVE fried chicken with hot sauce too! I never make it at home! Pinning this to try! Great recipe Jamie!

  2. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING beats a great piece of fired chicken. thanks for reminding me.

  3. This look s just like something my grandfather would make for dinner. He makes awesome fried chicken. I've never tried to make it myself; I'm ot sure why. I should change that. Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up!

  4. I was one of those people who was afraid to fry chicken, until recently. I think your version sounds delicious.

  5. Yum! I love fried chicken too and this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  6. My husband's a southern boy. I'll have to try this one. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend.

  7. I'm so glad that I'm following you! Woman after my own heart:) I love fried chicken. Thanks for sharing,


  8. Wow, you changed your layout again! Looks great! Thanks for linking this up and guest hostessing :)))

  9. I must try that chicken!!! YUM!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  10. Now I'm wanting some fried chicken!

  11. Yummy!! This chicken looks so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live with features tomorrow night.

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. Oooh! I just got hungry! I need some fried chicken ASAP! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  13. This looks delicious Jamie! I have never made fried chicken and I'm printing your recipe to try. I love to eat it, I just have never been brave enough to make it! :)
    Congrats on being featured on the Weekend Potluck and thanks for linking all of our pages, that is really sweet. Can't wait to see what you bring this week. Have a terrific weekend!

  14. Congratulations on your featured recipe over at Weekend Potluck today! Nothing beats some good ole fried chicken. If you'd like, please come over and grab a featured button. The code can be grabbed right from my post. Thank you!!

  15. Buttermilk is what is left over after butter is churned. You can find buttermilk in the refrigerated section of the grocery store near the regular milk ..... or you can make a substitute :) Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar to a 1 cup measure. Fill the rest of the measure with milk. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and walla! You have a buttermilk substitute.

  16. oh thats in india butter milk is the diluted form of the curd :) so i thought u used that... :) thanks dear.. :)

    here 1 qt butter milk is how many cups or ml?

    1. 1 qt of buttermilk is 4 cups or about 946 ml - Hope that helps :)


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