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Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken done the right way.

Fried chicken is one of those dishes that I love to eat, but refrain from making on a regular basis because, let’s face it, it’s not something I should eat every month. Do I want it every month? Of course! It’s delicious- finger lickin’ delicious, to be exact. But, fried chicken requires exercise and, well, I don’t exercise. Shame on me- I know. It’s on my to-do list (however, I wouldn’t make any high-risk bets).

I consider fried chicken to be the epitome of comfort food. It’s juicy, tender, crunchy, and slightly spicy. You just feel happy when you’re biting into a crunchy piece of extra crispy chicken. And, there’s no need for fancy cutlery, china, or linens. All you need are a few paper plates and napkins and you’re ready to dig in.

The fried aroma alone is worth cooking fried chicken. It can be smelled throughout the house, captivating the noses of fellow family members. I guarantee that this chicken will have your family bowing in your glory. Heck, I’d bow for extra crispy fried chicken… maybe even kiss a foot or two.

If that’s not a platter of comfort, I don’t know what is. Enjoy!

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Total Time: 5 hours

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs/drumsticks, about 12 pieces
  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons season salt
  • Canola or peanut oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, add the chicken, buttermilk, and hot sauce. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Let soak for 4 hours.
  2. Heat the oil to 360 degrees F. in a large, heavy bottom pot (I use my Le Creuset dutch oven) or fryer. Do not fill the pot more than half way full. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  3. While the oil is heating, place the flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Take the chicken, one piece at a time, out of the buttermilk and generously coat with the flour mixture. Place 4-5 pieces of floured chicken (no more) in the heated oil. Fry in batches for 14 minutes, turning once. When the chicken is finished frying, use tongs to remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt. Place on a cookie sheet and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.
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21 Responses to “Extra Crispy Fried Chicken”

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    Lisa~~ — July 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Welcome to the CCC and what a delicious first entry. Your chicken looks wonderful and I love all the spicy hot ingredients…yum.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook


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    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes — July 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh, yes! That looks so good! I love the smell of frying chicken … and how it makes the house smell :)


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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — July 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Sooo, the wife says she’ll be right over. LOL!


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    Carla — July 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Who would’ve guessed fried chicken could look so beautiful? That plate is so mine ;)


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    mommasmeals — July 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! This is what I’m talking about! This flavor must have been amazing! Thanks for sharing!!


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    Susan — July 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I am seriously in love with all the fried chicken posts today! Yours is to die for. I could eat an entire plate of that.


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    Cares — July 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Your chicken looks A.mazing!!! Lovely!


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    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground — July 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Welcome to “The Challenge,” Jennie! It’s nice to have you join in. You’re chicken looks FABULOUS!! Gotta love things with Frank’s Red Hot!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #7)


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 8, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Wow, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this looks!


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    Christine — July 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Yum! Love fried chicken! Look forward to trying your recipe. Thanks!


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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Just saw this chicken on foodgawker….just made my tummy rumble!


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    The UDG — July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m one of those people who would forgo the chicken for the skin and I have to say that the skin on the chicken in your post looks perfect!



    • Jennie replied July 9th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much. It was the crispiest skin- so good!


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    Melissa — July 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Wow…what an unbelieveably crispy chicken! Great SRC pick!

    I’m CCC #10 :)


  14. #
    Baker Street — July 11, 2012 at 2:15 am

    That looks so good, Jenni! And what a fabulous round up of fried chicken recipes! :)


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    Choc Chip Uru — July 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Extra crispy no doubt, this is some sort of chicken my brother would worship ;)

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Kylie — July 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    it looks like KFC


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    Karla @ Foodologie — July 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Yum! I’m a serious fan of fried chicken too! I made it for the first time last month when I decided to throw a Fried Chicken and Waffles Party. It was awesome and surprisingly way easier to make than expected. I basically made mine the same way you did, but I love the idea of adding Frank’s hot sauce. If I ever decide to fry chicken again, I’ll definitely give that a try.


    • Jennie replied August 8th, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Thanks for visiting. I just made this fried chicken the other day–so good!


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    Ev — November 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve made this chicken a few times and it is a HUGE hit with my family! My mom now buys chicken especially for me to make this for her. I’ll be trying chicken breast along with the usual drumsticks today. My sister can’t wait to try it. Never fails I end up dropping chicken off to friends & family when I use this recipe! Hands down amazing!



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