Finger Lickin' Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

by Margielynn

Buttermilk fried chicken is a comfort food, it is tender, juicy and crispy! Add your favorites sides for a delicious Southern meal! It's finger lickin' good!

Buttermilk fried chicken is enjoyed often at our house; we do love our fried chicken hot or cold.

The buttermilk marinade used for the chicken will result in tender, juicy chicken. My mama says for the best results use Crisco shortening and a cast iron skillet. She also says when cooking and baking the cheapest ingredients are not always the best! Mama knows what is best!

If you like a little spice in your food, add to the flour mixture, cayenne pepper and garlic powder or to buttermilk marinade a couple dashes of hot sauce at the heat level you like!

Side dishes are unlimited with fried chicken, some we enjoy are potato salad, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, green beans, corn on cob, and top it off with cream gravy and homemade biscuits. The list goes on and on! Are you hungry yet?

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Finger Lickin' Fried Chicken
Finger Lickin' Fried Chicken


• 3 pounds chicken pieces
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
• 1-1/2 to 2 cups Crisco or other vegetable oil
• 1 cup all-purpose flour


1. At least three hours before frying the chicken, combine the buttermilk, half the salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the chicken, turn to coat well, and refrigerate.
2. In a heavy skillet heat the shortening on high heat.
3. Combine the flour and the other half of the salt and pepper in a dish with edges, that way the mixture will not fall off the edge when coating the chicken.
4. Drain the marinade from the chicken pieces.
5. Dip each piece of the chicken in the flour mixture, shake off the excess. Place the floured chicken in a single layer on a sheet of waxed paper.
6. Heat the shortening until it reaches a temperature of 360 degrees Fahrenheit on a frying thermometer. Using long handled tongs, carefully place the chicken pieces in the hot shortening skin side down. Place the dark meat in center of the skillet first.
7. Cover loosely and lower the heat to medium-high. Cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is golden, remove cover, lower the heat to medium.
8. Using the long handled tongs turn the pieces over carefully, cook uncovered, for another 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.
9. Hot chicken is delicious with cream gravy or refrigerate and take with you on a picnic.

Tips From Margielynn

  • For extra spice add one teaspoon of hot sauce to the buttermilk marinade; or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and one teaspoon garlic powder to the flour mixture.
  • Use caution when placing chicken pieces in hot shortening, and turning chicken, use a long handled utensil!

Homemade Fried Chicken Gravy

Biscuits And Gravy
Biscuits And Gravy

If chicken is fried at our house, we have chicken gravy and hot fluffy biscuits. It is very easy to prepare right in the pan you fried the chicken. You may double or triple recipe for the amount you need!


  •  2 tablespoon frying oil
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk


1. Use the skillet you fried the chicken in, draining all but 2 tablespoons of the oil.
2. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the flour over low heat. Cook around 2 minutes, stirring the whole time.
3. Add the chicken stock stirring to get tidbits off bottom of the skillet.
4. Add the milk stirring whole time over high heat until it comes to a boil.
5. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve with the fried chicken.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Frying chicken takes a little effort and time, but it is so worth it! I hope you enjoy this recipe and add it to your recipe box. So many delicious sides you can pair with this delicious homemade chicken. Happy cooking and eating!

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Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 08/23/2017

The dark meat take longer to cook and the middle seems to be hotter!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/22/2017

Margielynn, Why is the dark chicken meat put in the center of the skillet?

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