Amazing Fried Chicken

DSCF5864I love fried foods and so does my family! I try to have us eat somewhat healthy, but I am by no means a health nut. Most days I am pretty satisfied if I can get the girls to eat a fruit and vegetable with their meals.

At the store a few weeks ago I got a steal on chicken legs that were marked down and I have had them stored in my freezer ever since. My family loves fried chicken, but the recipe I used to use involved a lot of work and time. It called for frying the legs on the stovetop and then baking them in the oven and it was a process that lasted several hours. So, I searched for a good fried chicken recipe and came up with this:


1 chicken cut into pieces (I just used the chicken legs that I had on hand)

1 c. buttermilk

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. paprika

Salt and pepper

2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

  • Combine the flour and seasonings into either a bag or bowl
  • Dip the chicken pieces into buttermilk
  • Then put the chicken pieces into flour mix and shake or turn to coat.
  • Allow chicken pieces to set on a cookie tray while you finish the rest of the pieces
  • Fill large skillet ½ full of oil (I actually used two skillets so I didn’t have to work in batches – we were hungry)
  • Heat the oil until very hot
  • Put in as many chicken pieces that will fit into skillet.
  • Brown pieces on both sides and then cover and reduce heat.
  • Cook for 30 minutes
  • Remove the cover, turn the heat back up, and fry until the pieces turn crispy.
  • Drain chicken on paper towel.

This chicken was amazing! My whole family loved it. The only changes that I would make next time would be to add a little more salt, pepper, and maybe some garlic powder. I thought it needed just a little more flavor, but the crispiness was perfect! We will definitely be having this recipe again.


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