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Southern fried chicken recipe

Southern fried chicken recipe

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Marinated in buttermilk and garlic overnight really makes this amazing southern fried chicken amazing. Coated in a crispy outer coating and moist, melt-in-your-mouth meat that will leave you wanting more. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare, plus overnight to marinate and 40 mins to cook
  • 403 calories / serving


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 500ml (17 fl oz) buttermilk
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves, lightly smashed
  • plain flour, for dredging
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    20g 28%
  • Saturates

    4g 20%
  • Sugars

    6g 7%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 9.2g Protein 47.3g Fibre 0.4g


  1. The day before you want to cook the drumsticks, put them in a large bowl, pour over the buttermilk to cover and mix through the garlic. Leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Tip a large pile of flour into a shallow bowl or plate. Stir through the cayenne pepper and season to taste. Remove each drumstick from the buttermilk, letting any excess marinade drip away. Then roll in the flour until well coated.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Put enough vegetable oil in a large, high sided frying pan to cover the and heat over a medium high heat. When a piece of bread added to the pan sizzles and browns, the oil is hot enough to add the chicken. Fry the drumsticks for 7-10 minutes, turning often until golden all over. You may have to do this in batches. Place a wire rack over a baking tray and arrange the chicken pieces on the rack.
  4. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until crisp, golden and cooked through.

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