Ultimate Crispy Buttermilk-Herb Fried Chicken Delight











Dive into the comforting taste of Southern cuisine with this Crispy Buttermilk-Herb Fried Chicken. Combining juicy chicken with a golden, crunchy crust, it's a delicious twist on a classic favorite.


Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

Begin by rinsing your whole chicken wings under cold water, then pat them dry with paper towels. It's crucial that the chicken is dry so the buttermilk and seasoning will adhere better. Place the chicken in a large bowl.
Pro Tip: To ensure better flavor absorption, consider scoring the chicken skin.

Step 2: Marinade with Buttermilk

In the bowl with chicken, pour the 2 cups of buttermilk ensuring all pieces are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This process tenderizes the chicken and infuses it with the buttermilk's mild acidity and creaminess.
Pro Tip: For deeper flavor, marinate overnight.

Step 3: Coat with Seasoned Flour

In a separate large bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, paprika, dried thyme, basil, and garlic powder. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, shaking off excess, and dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture until well coated.
Pro Tip: Shaking off excess buttermilk helps achieve a perfect crust.

Step 4: Fry to Golden Perfection

Heat canola oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375°F. Carefully add chicken pieces and fry for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165°F. It's important not to overcrowd the fryer to ensure even cooking.
Pro Tip: Maintaining oil temperature is key to crispy chicken.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Once fried to a crispy golden brown, remove the chicken pieces onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs if desired. Enjoy this crispy delight with your favorite sides.
Pro Tip: A lemon wedge adds a refreshing zing.