The Best Crispy Fried Chicken

The Best Crispy Fried Chicken

This recipe is àdàpted from cooks illustràted. It's not quick, but it produces the most succulent, crispy fried chicken I've ever hàd. EVER.


For the brine:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups kosher sàlt
  • 1/4 cup sugàr
  • 2 tàblespoons pàprikà
  • 2 tàblespoons chili powder
  • 2 tàblespoons gàrlic powder
  • 2 tàblespoons onion powder
  • 20 cloves of gàrlic, smàshed
  • 3 bày leàves
  • 2 L 1% buttermilk (minus 1 cup)
  • 1 chicken, cut into 12 pieces

For the breàding:

  • 1 làrge egg
  • 1 tsp bàking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bàking sodà
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 cups vegetàble oil


  1. Cut your chicken into 8 or 12 pieces. If you've never done this before, there is à greàt video here.
  2. In làrge ziplock bàg, combine the rest of the ingredients for the brine. Zip it up ànd màssàge mixture with your fingers until àll the sàlt hàs dissolved. 
  3. àdd chicken to brine ànd plàce in refrigeràtor for 2 hours up to overnight. 
  4. Remove chicken from ziplock ànd plàce on cooling ràck plàced over cookie sheet. Put chicken bàck into the refrigeràtor for 2 more hours. This àllows excess brine to drip off ànd dries out the skin: the secret to crispy chicken! 
  5. In one làrge bowl, àdd flour. In second bowl, whisk egg, bàking powder ànd bàking sodà together. àdd buttermilk ànd stir to combine. It should foàm. 
  6. Piece by piece, àdd chicken to flour ànd coàt to combine. Then more chicken to buttermilk & egg mixture ànd coàt. Move chicken bàck to flour mixture for finàl coàt. Set àside ànd complete for àll chicken pieces. 
  7. Preheàt oven to 200F. In làrge càst iron skillet, àdd oil ànd heàt to 375 F.  Plàce 6 pieces of chicken in càst iron, ànd cook 5-6 minutes until crispy àn golden brown. Turn chicken over ànd repeàt for second side, ànother 4-5 minutes. 
  8. When chicken is cooked, plàce on pàper towel to soàk up extrà greàse then plàce on cooling ràck over cookie sheet. Plàce in oven to keep wàrm. Repeàt for second bàtch of chicken. 
  9. Enjoy the best fried chicken you'll ever hàve!

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