Mama's Fried Chicken

Recipe by SharleneW

A classic fried chicken recipe from Curtis Aikens (Food Network). Prep time does not include 2 hours chilling time.

Top Review by VickyJ

Hello there. I made this for two servings and used chicken drumsticks. I thought the flour needed to be seasoned more, so I added salt, garlic and onion powders. I followed the directions, but the coating didn't seem to want to stick. I'm not sure what I did wrong. I think I might add a beaten egg when coating the chicken, next time. Thank you.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken in shallow dish or ziploc plastic bag; add buttermilk.
  3. Cover or seal, and chill at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.
  5. Dredge chicken in flour.
  6. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches in a deep skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 360°F.
  7. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time; cover and cook 6 minutes.
  8. Uncover chicken and cook 9 minutes.
  9. Turn chicken; cover and cook 6 minutes.
  10. Uncover and cook 5 to 9 minutes, turning the chicken the last 3 minutes for even browning, if necessary.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. Test chicken with meat thermometer (170°F) or by piercing thickest portion with fork.
  13. When juices run clear it is done.

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