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🍗 Classic Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Learn how to make the best classic Southern fried chicken with this easy recipe from Grits N Grace. Serve with cornbread, collard greens, and grits for a true Southern experience.

Classic Southern Fried Chicken

You will need:

  • bone-in skin-on chicken pieces4 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  • buttermilk2 cups of buttermilk
  • all-purpose flour2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • paprika1 tablespoon of paprika
  • garlic powder1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • onion powder1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • cayenne pepper1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • salt and black pepperSalt and black pepper to taste
  • vegetable oilVegetable oil for frying


  1. Start by marinating the chicken pieces in buttermilk for at least two hours, or overnight if possible.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Coat each piece thoroughly in the flour mixture.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Fry the chicken pieces in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Serve your Southern Fried Chicken with classic sides like cornbread, collard greens, and grits for a true Southern experience.

There's something incredibly comforting about the crunch of a perfectly fried piece of chicken. The Classic Southern Fried Chicken recipe featured above is a testament to the art of Southern cooking, a cuisine renowned for its heartwarming, flavorful dishes. This recipe, steeped in tradition, is a staple of Southern comfort food.

Each ingredient plays a crucial role in creating the perfect Southern Fried Chicken. The buttermilk marinade tenderizes the chicken, while the blend of spices in the flour coating adds a kick of flavor that is unmistakably Southern. This is a dish that truly embodies the essence of Southern comfort food.

Pair your fried chicken with classic Southern sides like cornbread, collard greens, and grits to complete the experience. If you're unsure of how to prepare these traditional sides, our guide on cooking Southern Collard Greens is a great place to start.

And what about leftovers? Fried chicken is just as delicious the next day, but only if reheated properly. Avoid the disappointment of soggy, reheated fried chicken by following our guide on the best method for reheating leftover fried chicken.

Whether you're a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this Classic Southern Fried Chicken recipe is a must-try. It's more than just a dish; it's a celebration of Southern heritage and a testament to the comfort and warmth that Southern cuisine provides. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to experience the magic of Southern cooking.