It’s all about that crunch. Didn’t grow up down south? Don’t let that stop you from making old fashioned buttermilk fried chicken that’s so good, your northern postal code won’t matter one bit. Submerging it first in a bath of buttermilk is the key to getting a bird that’s moist, tender and slightly tangy on the inside, with a hot, shatteringly crispy golden crust on the outside.
While this fried chicken is fantastic naked, switch things up with a Sriracha-honey coating that’s sticky, sweet and a little spicy. Disclaimer: eat this among people you love, because it’s going to get messy.
Skillet-Fried Buttermilk Chicken
2 Tablespoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons plus 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
3 Tablespoons hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
10-12 chicken pieces (legs, thighs or wings)
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Peanut oil (for frying)
- Whisk 1 Tablespoon salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl. Rub and season chicken with spices. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, egg and hot sauce. In a separate large dish, whisk flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Dip one piece of chicken at a time in buttermilk mixture, allowing the excess to drip back into bowl. Then dredge in flour mixture and let rest on a large plate or wire rack to dry out a little.
- In a cast-iron skillet or another heavy straight-sided skillet, heat oil to 350°F using a thermometer.
- Fry 3-5 pieces of chicken at a time, turning every 1–2 minutes until skin is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers *165°F.
- Remove chicken and place on a wire rack.
- Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
*10 minutes for wings and 12 minutes for thighs, legs, and breasts.
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Sriracha
2 Tablespoons honey
- In a medium non-stick sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add Sriracha and honey and whisk together.
- Transfer one piece of fried chicken to sauce pan and dredge in sauce with tongs. Continue with rest of the chicken.
Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s 1 Dish, 2 Ways column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca. For more recipe ideas, visit bonniemo.ca, or catch her on Instagram @bonniemo