Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

"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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Ready In:
3hrs 25mins




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

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  1. 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!
  2. Loved this! I used Louisiana hot sauce with the buttermilk and added just a little more cayenne pepper. Thanks!
  3. I would suggest adding a little more cayenne pepper to the flour.


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