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American Buttermilk-Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy, and golden brown, this American buttermilk fried chicken recipe will become your new go-to. Soaked in tangy buttermilk and dredged in a seasoned flour mixture, this chicken is perfectly seasoned and full of flavor. Serve it with your favorite dipping sauce and some classic sides for the ultimate comfort meal.

Tasty Team
95% would make again
American Buttermilk-Fried Chicken


for 3 servings

  • 6 bone-in chicken drumsticks and thighs


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk (480 mL)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250 g)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • neutral oil, for frying

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1188
  • Fat 57g
  • Carbs 82g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Protein 88g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken drumsticks and thighs, salt, black pepper, oregano, paprika, white pepper, garlic powder, and buttermilk. Stir to make sure each piece of chicken is coated evenly, then cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne.
  3. Fill a large, deep skillet halfway with oil and heat over high heat until the temperature reaches 350°F (180°C).
  4. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and roll in the flour mixture to coat completely, shaking off any excess.
  5. Fry 3 pieces of chicken at a time in the hot oil, turning a few times for even browning, for 15–20 minutes, until the breading is dark golden brown. The oil temperature should drop to about 320°F (160°C). Transfer the chicken to paper towels or a wire rack to drain and cool for 10–15 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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American Buttermilk-Fried Chicken