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Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Updated on August 8, 2013

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About Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Growing up in Texas there where three styles of food that I grew up on. That was some of the best BBQ around, Spicy Tex-mex, and Amazing southern classic comfort food like buttermilk fried chicken. If this recipe was not the first thing I learned how to cook it was a close second. The recipe may have changed some though out the years of being passed down though my family but the taste and crispiness is still the same as I remember. Every time I pull out my grate grandmothers Cast iron Skillet everyone is my house knows I'm about to make my fried chicken.

If you do not have a cast iron skillet I highly recommend for you to get one. If you can ask friends, and family members for one they might have lying around because the older the cast iron and the more it is used the better. If you do 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 not like other pans, that last a few years at most 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 grad kids. Most cast iron can be saved in almost any shape. If you look around on YouTube and Google you will find 100's away to save 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 to 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 really easy to do, and needs to be done on new cast irons as well as old. 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 season it again.

preheat oven to 275

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

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

Bake for 1-2 hours.

Carefully remove from oven and pour out melts Crisco.

Wipe out any extra grease from pan and let cool.

How To Cake For Your Cast Iron

(1) To Wash- wash with very hot 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 use soap on your skillet if you do you will need to season you skillet again.

- Yes your cast iron and be used in oven and on the stove. putting it on the stove or in the oven dose not ruin your pan

(2) To Dry- take a towel and dry as much of the water out of you skillet as you can. 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 in 8 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 bag in a bowel and place in the refrigerator over night. or for a least 8 hours
  3. Mix every thing listed for flour mix together in a bowl. using a fork to mix well.
  4. Pour buttermilk mix with chicken into a bowel
  5. Heat vegetable oil in cast iron skillet deep enough to fry in but no more then 1/2 way full to to 350.
  6. take chicken from buttermilk mix and dip into flour mix, roll around made make sure chicken is coated. Shake off any extra flour and add chicken to skillet. 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 though and drain on plate with paper towels or paper bag. Repeat until all of the chicken is cooked.
  8. Sever with biscuits, gravy, mash potatoes, and you favorite vegetable.

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken


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