Southern Fried Chicken

Get ready to indulge in the crispiest, juiciest Southern Fried Chicken you’ve ever tasted! This recipe is a celebration of true Southern comfort food. The first time I made this for my family, the kitchen was filled with a mouthwatering aroma, and the crunch of the first bite was unforgettable. The chicken, encased in a perfectly seasoned, golden crust, was tender and flavorful. Each piece was a delicious blend of spices and herbs, making it a dish that everyone asked for again and again. Whether it’s a family gathering or a cozy weekend meal, this Southern Fried Chicken is sure to be a hit. 🍗❤️


  • 3 lbs chicken pieces (legs, thighs, wings)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Dip each chicken piece in buttermilk, let excess drip off, then coat evenly with the seasoned flour mixture.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet or deep fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Fry the chicken pieces, avoiding overcrowding, for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F/74°C).
  5. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy your Southern Fried Chicken masterpiece!

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: Approximately 450 calories per serving.

Additional Tips

  • For extra flavor, marinate the chicken in buttermilk with a pinch of cayenne pepper overnight.
  • Ensure the oil temperature is consistent for even cooking.
  • Don’t rush the frying process; patience is key for that perfect golden crust.
  • Serve with sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or cornbread for a classic Southern meal.

FAQ Section

Q: Can I bake this chicken instead of frying? A: Yes, you can bake it at 400°F (200°C) for about 45-50 minutes, but the texture will be different from frying.

Q: What’s the best oil for frying? A: Vegetable oil or peanut oil is great for frying due to their high smoke points.

Q: How do I know when the chicken is done? A: The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C), and the crust should be golden brown.

Q: Can I reuse the frying oil? A: Yes, strain it and store properly. It can be reused a few times.

Q: Can I use different herbs and spices? A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different combinations to suit your taste.