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    Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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    3 hrs 25 mins

    25 mins

    3 hrs

    hepcat1's Note:

    This comes from a special BHG publication called "Chicken". I really like fried chicken and I love spicy, so this is one of my favorites when I'm looking for something easy and comforting. The original amount of spices called for makes this dish so-so spicy, so I double the cayenne (original recipe calls for 1/2 tsp). Cooking time includes time to marinate.

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    1. 1
      Skin chicken if desired.
    2. 2
      Mix together buttermilk, hot pepper sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl or large plastic bag; add chicken and turn to coat.
    3. 3
      Chill for 2- 24 hours, turning occasionally to keep chicken well coated.
    4. 4
      Drain chicken in a colander until well drained; discard buttermilk mixture.
    5. 5
      Mix together flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl or large plastic bag; add chicken a few pieces at a time and turn or shake to coat well; tap off excess flour.
    6. 6
      Melt shortening or oil in a deep, heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 365 degrees.
    7. 7
      Carefully place chicken, meaty sides down, in hot shortening/oil.
    8. 8
      Cook chicken, uncovered, for 10 minutes (temperature will drop when you add chicken, so don't begin timing until all chicken is added).
    9. 9
      Use tongs to turn chicken; cook for an additional 10- 12 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
    10. 10
      Remove chicken from skillet and drain well.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 16, 2007


      Very nice fried chicken recipe! I marinated the chicken overnight and it was very tender and juicy (thanks to the buttermilk, anyone who hsan't tried this is missing out on one of natures great cooking secrets!) I used a habanero hot sauce from Panama - LOVELY (used more of that and the cayenne than you called for) - but we really like hot and spicy. We thought it was still only mildly spicy and will increase again for the next time- but great!!! Definitely a recipe we will make again! Thanks for posting!

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    • on October 12, 2013


      Loved this! I used Louisiana hot sauce with the buttermilk and added just a little more cayenne pepper. Thanks!

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    • on February 28, 2005


      I would suggest adding a little more cayenne pepper to the flour.

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    Nutritional Facts for Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (173 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 473.7
    Calories from Fat 241
    Total Fat 26.8 g
    Saturated Fat 7.8 g
    Cholesterol 131.8 mg
    Sodium 860.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 36.3 g

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