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Down Home Fried Chicken


Make the best fried chicken at home with this perfect recipe, Down Home Fried Chicken. Juicy and delicious chicken that everyone will love!

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  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken cut up into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • Canola oil for frying


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

To make the brine, whisk together the first four ingredients in a dish shallow enough to hold the chicken in a single layer. Add the chicken pieces, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Turn the chicken once while marinating.

Pour the chicken into a colander and allow the brine to drain.

Place the flour, thyme, marjoram, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and black pepper in a resealable bag. Put two to three pieces of chicken in the bag, close and shake well to coat. Remove the chicken from the flour and shake off any excess. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Place chicken on a wire rack while heating the oil.

Heat 2 to 2½ inches of oil in a heavy duty cast iron skillet or other large skillet. The skillet should be large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer without touching. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook for 7 to 9 minutes. Using tongs turn the chicken and cook for another 7 to 9 minutes. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels. Let the chicken rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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