Southern Fried Chicken

Having lived in Atlanta, GA for many years has definitely made me a die hard fan of Southern food. What better Southern food is there than fried chicken? The slightly sour tones in the buttermilk makes the chicken soft and tender while the coating keeps it crunchy. This recipe needs some preparation and planning beforehand but is certainly worth it @sarchakra

COOK TIME: 45 mins 

PREP TIME: 15 mins 

YIELDS: Serves or makes 4 


  • Chicken drumsticks  6
  • Salt
  • Milk 1 cup 
  • Vinegar 2 tsp 
  • Black Pepper 2 tbsp 
  • Onion powder 2 tbsp 
  • Garlic powder 1 tbsp 
  • Black pepper 1 tbsp
  • All Purpose Flour 1 & ½ cups
  • Oregano 2 tsp 
  • Paprika 1 tbsp 
  • Dried basil 1 tbsp 
  • Dried thyme 2 tsp 
  • Egg 1
  • Crisco for frying
  • Mayonnaise ½ cup 
  • Sriracha sauce 2 tbsp 


  • Get the chicken drumsticks ready in a bow. Rub salt all over the pieces and refrigerate overnight. Especially for bigger pieces, this is key.
  • Mix vinegar into the milk. Keep aside for 5 mins. Let it slightly curdle into buttermilk. Beat the egg into the mixture. 
  • Dip chicken into the buttermilk egg mixture.  
  • In a bowl mix in flour, onion flakes, garlic powder, dried oregano, basil, thyme, salt, black pepper and paprika. 
  • Shake each chicken piece off the egg mixture, and dredge in the flour mixture. 
  • Heat Crisco in a heavy Dutch oven. Fry on medium heat till the chicken is thoroughly cooked. This can take anywhere between 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the chicken drumsticks. Drain on kitchen towels. 
  • Mix mayonnaise and sriracha. Pour in serving cup. Serve with fried chicken. 
The seasoning
The buttermilk and egg mixture
Southern Fried Chicken is ready
Southern Fried Chicken

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