Do you crave the satisfying crunch of crispy, golden-fried chicken? As a North Carolina native, I can attest that Southern Fried Chicken has always been a staple in my family. In many ways, Southern Fried Chicken represents the resilience and strength of the Southern people. It’s a dish that has survived war, poverty, and hardship, and still remains a beloved part of Southern culture.
This beloved dish has been passed down through generations and for good reason. The secret lies in the seasoning and hot oil frying technique that creates a mouth-watering exterior and juicy meat. But Southern Fried Chicken is more than just a delicious meal; it’s an experience that creates lasting memories and connections. From family gatherings to church picnics and backyard barbecues, this dish is often at the center of the celebration. It’s no wonder that Southern Fried Chicken has become a symbol of hospitality and a staple of Southern cuisine. So why not bring some Southern charm into your own kitchen?
Follow these five easy steps for perfect Southern-style fried chicken every time and impress your taste buds and guests alike with restaurant-quality results.
Step 1: Brine the Chicken
First things first, brine your chicken in a mixture of buttermilk, salt, and hot sauce for at least 2 hours (or up to overnight). This helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor.
Step 2: Season the Flour
While your chicken is brining, mix together your flour and seasoning blend. A classic blend might include paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper, but feel free to experiment with your own spices.
Step 3: Dredge and Coat
Remove the chicken from the brine and pat it dry. Dredge each piece in the seasoned flour, making sure to coat it well. Then, dip the chicken back into the buttermilk mixture, followed by another coating of seasoned flour.
Step 4: Fry it Up
Heat your oil (vegetable, peanut, or canola) to 350°F in a deep skillet or Dutch oven. Carefully add your chicken pieces to the oil, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Step 5: Let it Rest
Once your chicken is cooked to perfection, remove it from the oil and place it on a wire rack to drain. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
And voila! With these simple steps, you’ll have delicious, crispy Southern fried chicken that’s sure to impress. Serve it up with your favorite sides and enjoy.
Now go forth and fry, my friends. Your taste buds will thank you.