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Crispy Southern Fried Chicken

Crispy Southern Fried Chicken recipe. Imagine biting into a piece of perfectly seasoned, golden-brown chicken with a satisfying crunch and juicy, tender meat inside. This recipe captures the essence of Southern cooking, bringing you flavors that are rich, savory, and deeply satisfying.

It all started one warm afternoon when I decided to bring a piece of the South to my kitchen. Armed with a family recipe and a whole lot of love, I began marinating the chicken, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully. As the chicken sizzled in the skillet, the aroma filled the house, drawing my family to the kitchen like a magnet. The first bite was pure bliss – crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and bursting with flavor. It was a moment of culinary magic that turned into a beloved family tradition.

This Crispy Southern Fried Chicken is not just a dish; it’s an experience. The secret lies in the perfect blend of spices and the double-dipping technique that creates an irresistible crust. Whether it’s for a family dinner, a picnic, or a special gathering, this recipe is sure to become a favorite. Let’s dive into the details and get cooking!

Recipe Summary

This Crispy Southern Fried Chicken recipe delivers perfectly seasoned, golden-brown chicken with a satisfying crunch and juicy, tender meat inside. The double-dipping technique and blend of spices create an irresistible crust that embodies the essence of Southern comfort food.

Exciting Story

Every Sunday, my family gathers for our traditional Southern dinner, and nothing brings more joy than the aroma of freshly fried chicken wafting through the house. I remember my little one’s eyes lighting up as they reached for a drumstick, their hands barely able to hold the crispy goodness. It’s these moments, filled with laughter and the simple pleasure of good food, that make this recipe so special. Now, it’s a staple in our household, reminding us of the warmth and love that comes with every bite.

Why This Crispy Southern Fried Chicken?

Selling Points:

  • Perfectly Seasoned: A blend of spices that infuses the chicken with deep, rich flavors.
  • Incredibly Crispy: Double-dipping technique ensures a golden, crunchy crust.
  • Juicy and Tender: Inside remains moist and flavorful with every bite.

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 18 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
Kcal: 590 kcal | Servings: 4 servings


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  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Remove chicken from buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge each piece in the flour mixture until well coated.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Fry chicken pieces in batches, without overcrowding, for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and fully cooked.
  6. Drain on paper towels and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
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