Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Soaked in buttermilk overnight makes this chicken moist. The recipe calls for whole cut-up chickens but I use chicken breasts.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Take the chicken out of the buttermilk and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture.
  4. Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1 inch and heat to 360 degrees on a thermometer.
  5. Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden brown (it will continue to brown in the oven). Don't crowd the pieces.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan. Allow the oil to return to 360 degrees before frying the next batch.
  7. When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
  8. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

Outstanding chicken, I have put this recipe on our favorite list. Followed the directions, soaked the chicken overnight and really enjoyed the meal. We had a guest for the meal and she picked those bones clean.

JPATTEN January 26, 2011

Wow! I had to substitute yogurt for buttermilk because I can't really find buttermilk in Sweden. This was my first time braving fried chicken and it turned out GREAT! It's really important to have proper baking rack and sheet-- I almost burned the kitchen down! This was easy, delicious and fun to make. Thanks for the recipe!

MarylandersKnowCrabs May 29, 2006

I would definitely give this 6 stars if I could--super chicken recipe!!!The coating was salty and crispy, and the chicken inside was incredibly juicy.My family gobbled this up(pardon the pun) along side mac n cheese and corn on the cob.Absolutely perfect--thanks for sharing this recipe!!!!

PrincessMommy August 03, 2005