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True Southern Fried Chicken

True Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

In a true southern fried chicken recipe, less is more. This simple recipe lets the buttermilk work it's magic for a delicious fried chicken you can't find anywhere else!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Southern Fried Chicken
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 lbs chicken pieces
  • 4 - 6 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • canola or corn oil enough to deep fry with


  • Rinse and trim the chicken of any excess skin and fat.
  • Place the chicken in a big bowl, and fill with the buttermilk then cover.
  • Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  • Drain the buttermilk from the chicken, but DO NOT rinse the chicken.
  • Season the chicken with poultry seasoning, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Rub the seasoning all over the chicken, the set it aside.
  • In a large bowl add the flour and remaining seasonings. Mix well.
  • Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour 2 times.
  • Heat the oil to 360, and deep fry the chicken for about 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and there is no blood.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve!