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Fried Chicken Recipe | Crispy Fried Chicken

Best ever super crispy, golden fried chicken with loaded flavors
Course Snack, Starters
Cuisine American
Keyword Baking, Chicken
Prep Time 16 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 16 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 252kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 6-8 Chicken Drumsticks preferably with skin on
  • 3 cups Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

For Brine

  • 400 ml Hot water boiling
  • 5 Bay leaves torn into pieces
  • 1 Celery stalk and few fresh leaves
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 3 peels of Onion
  • 3 tablespoon pepper corns roughly crushed
  • 5 tablespoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 400 ml Water room temperature

For Flour Mix

  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

For Garnish

  • Fresh Thyme or parsley
  • Lemon wedges



  • Into a large stainless-steel pan, add 2 cups of boiling hot water.
  • Add torn bay leaves , celery stalks, crushed garlic, black pepper corns, Onion peels, brown sugar, salt.
  • Add 2 cups of more water at room temperature and whisk well until salt and sugar is dissolved completely.
  • Score chicken pieces until the bones. Place chicken pieces in brine.
  • Cover the top and place it in fridge for 6-8 hours.

Butter Milking

  • After brining chicken for 8 long hours or overnight, chicken looks well hydrated and plump.
  • Remove chicken from the brine, shake off liquids and put it into zip lock bag.
  • Pour 3 cups of buttermilk into zip lock bags. Coat all chicken pieces well in buttermilk. Push air out off the bag and seal the chicken inside zip lock bag. Acidity in buttermilk helps to tenderize chicken.
  • Place the butter milked chicken back in fridge for another 8 hours.

Coating in Flour / Batter

  • In a bowl add plain flour, baking powder , salt , pepper , onion powder , garlic powder , smoked paprika , cayenne pepper and pepper powder . You can add or replace with any spices of your choice and flavours.
  • Mix well everything and prepare spice flour mixture to coat chicken.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk. Shake off excess liquids and dip in directly in spice flour mix.
  • Get your fingers in and coat the slit areas around.

Frying Chicken

  • Heat oil in a thick deep bottom pan .
  • Place chicken in hot oil without overcrowding
  • Toss and cook until golden brown on all sides just for few minutes. It make take around 3 to 4 minutes only. Make sure you just get a golden colour evenly on all sides of chicken.
  • Remove it on to a lined baking tray. Arrange all fried chicken on baking tray in one layer. Add some fresh parsley or thyme for some aromatic flavours.

Baking Chicken

  • Place the tray in pre heated oven at 175 degree C. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from baking tray onto a wire mesh.
  • Garnish with some fresh herbs and lemon wedges.
  • Serve immediately with ketch up , mayonnaise and some cabbage slaw.



  • Don't skip any of these steps as each steps helps in adding flavors.
  • It's best served as soon as it's fried. It will turn soggy and loose it's crispiness, if its sits longer.


Calories: 252kcal