Southern fried chicken is known for its crispy, flavorful coating.
Here’s a simple recipe for a classic Southern fried chicken batter: Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spice level) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup buttermilk 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces, or your choice of chicken parts Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions: In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the spices. Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl.
Dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off. Dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. Press the flour onto the chicken to help it adhere. Place the coated chicken pieces on a wire rack to rest for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the coating to set. Meanwhile, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven to 350-375°F (175-190°C). Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot oil, a few at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
Fry until golden brown and crispy, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C). Remove the fried chicken from the oil and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Repeat the frying process with the remaining chicken pieces.
Allow the fried chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving. Serve your Southern fried chicken with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or biscuits, for a classic Southern meal. Enjoy!