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Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Updated on August 1, 2022

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About Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Growing up in Texas, there were three styles of food that I grew up on. That was some of the best BBQ, Spicy Tex-Mex, and Amazing southern classic comfort food like buttermilk fried chicken. If this recipe was not the first thing I learned to cook, it was a close second. The recipe may have changed throughout the day years passed down through my family, but the taste and crispiness are still the same as I remember. Whenever I pull out my great-grandmother's Cast iron Skillet, everyone in my house knows I'm about to make my fried chicken.

If you do not have a cast iron skillet, I recommend getting one. If you can ask friends and family members for one, they might have to lie around because the older the cast iron and the more it is used, the better. If you have to buy one new, I will recommend some below that I love, along with how to season it.

How To Season Cast Iron

How To Care For Cast Iron

How To Save A Rusted Cast Iron

How To Care For Your Cast Iron

Cast iron is unlike other pans that last a few years; then, it is time to buy a new set. Cast iron is meant to last your life, the life of your kids, and even your grandkids. Most cast iron can be saved in almost any shape. If you look around on YouTube and Google, you will find hundreds of ways to keep a cast iron. I picked my favorite way from YouTube that I included on the bottom left side here, just in case you got a free one from a friend, family member, craigslist, or if you are like my sister, you find one in your home or yard that came with the house. I also choose videos that show you just how to season your cast iron skillet and how to care for it.

How To Season Cast Iron

This process is straightforward to do and needs to be done on new cast irons as well as old ones. I recommend seasoning your cast iron once a month or every other. Anytime it starts looking duel or not dark black, it is time to strengthen it again.

Preheat oven to 275

Working with a clean, dry skillet, rub the inside and out with Crisco. Many people use oil, but my mom used Crisco, and my grandmother used lard, so I use what I was taught to use.

Place the skillet in the oven over the foil to catch any drips from the outside of the skillet.

Bake for 1-2 hours.

Carefully remove from oven and pour out melted Crisco.

Wipe out any extra grease from the pan and let cool.

How To Cake For Your Cast Iron

(1) To Wash- wash with boiling water and a scrub brush. If you need a bit more cleaning, you can add salt to help in washing. Add a bit of baking soda at the end before rinsing to remove that fried smell.

-never leave your skillet to soak in water

- try not to use soap on your skillet. If you do, you will need to season your skillet again.

- Yes, your cast iron and be used in the oven and on the stove. Putting it on the stove or in the range does not ruin your pan

(2) To Dry- take a towel and dry as much water out of your skillet as possible. Set the skillet on the stove over low-mid heat, and let all the water dry out that might be left. Do Not Leave You, Pan While You Do This!!

(3) After Every Wash- after you have dried your skillet on the stove, add about 1-2 tbsp. Crisco to the pan. Melt it melt and cook for 2-3 minutes. Carefully pour out grease and wrap away any extra. Now your pan is ready for the next time you need it.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 8 hours 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 8 hours 40 min
Yields: Feed 4 people

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

  • For Buttermilk Mix
  • 4 c buttermilk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • For Flour Mix
  • 4 c flour
  • 1/2 c corn meal
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up

How To Make Buttermilk Fried Chicken

  1. Cut up the whole chicken into eight pieces.
  2. Mix everything listed for Buttermilk mix together in a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and give it a few good shakes. Add the chicken to the bag. Place the bag in a bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Or for a least 8 hours
  3. Mix everything listed for flour mix together in a bowl. I was using a fork to mix well.
  4. Pour buttermilk mix with chicken into a bowel
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet deep enough to fry in but no more than 1/2 complete to 350.
  6. Take chicken from the buttermilk mix and dip it into the flour mix; roll around to ensure the chicken is coated. Shake off any extra flour and add chicken to the skillet. We are doing 3-4 pieces at a time. Fry for 5 minutes, then flip the chicken over. Fry for another 5-6 minutes.
  7. Remove chicken when cooked, and drain regularly plate with paper towels or a paper bag. Repeat until all of the chicken is cooked.
  8. Sever with biscuits, gravy, mash potatoes, and your favorite vegetable.

© 2013 Brenda


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