Super Crispy Fried Chicken

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Super Crispy Fried Chicken made with buttermilk, chicken, hot sauce, and seasoned flour is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, PERFECT for dinner or to bring to a potluck or picnic!

Super Crispy Fried Chicken is one of my all-time favorite go-to chicken recipes, made with juicy chicken coated in buttermilk and all purpose flour, then fried to perfection. You can make this chicken more or less spicy using cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes in the flour.

Or just use the buttermilk and flour with some salt and pepper for a mild flavor. Either way, this is restaurant quality, and you’ll want to make fried chicken at home from now on!


US Customary
▢4 pound chicken (cut into 8 pieces with the backbone discarded)
▢2 cups buttermilk
▢1 tablespoon kosher salt
▢2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
▢2 tablespoons hot sauce optional
▢2 cups flour
▢1 teaspoon paprika
▢canola oil for frying

Mix the chicken pieces, buttermilk, salt, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours.
Mix the paprika with the flour in a medium bowl with a baking sheet set up next to it.
Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, then add each chicken piece to the flour, coating well, then place onto the baking sheet and let sit for at least 30 minutes (the flour will become paste-like).
Add a large dutch oven ½ full with canola oil heated to 365 degrees and fry in batches (do not crowd the pan) of 4 pieces, cooking for 10-12 minutes (check for 165 degrees and that the chicken is cooked through).

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