Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk brined fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits.

Bacon aside, there are few things I love more than fried chicken. What can possibly be more soul satisfying than a moist flavourful piece of chicken encased in a thick, crunchy crust? Not much, I say.

Yet despite my affinity for fried chicken, the crispy skinned allure of Colonel Sander’s Original Recipe overruns my better judgement a few times a year. Every time I step foot into a KFC to sate my hankering, I feel a twinge of hypocrisy, and yet I’m at the mercy of the fast food fryer. Well today, I said enough is enough, and I set out to come up with the best buttermilk fried chicken recipe. A fried chicken that the Colonel himself would swoon over, with a thick, crunchy, aromatic crust, and a tender juicy interior that’s infused with flavour, right down to the bone.

Brined in Buttermilk, and dredged in two coatings of seasoned flour.

I know, this is a bold statement. Some may even call them “fightin’ words”, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t think I could back it up. If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you know I have a history of making audacious claims when it comes to poultry.

To make my ultimate fried chicken, I’ve employed a few tricks that I’ve learned over the years. The first is to brine the chicken. This is a must for any roast chicken, and it works equally well in fried applications. The fundamentals of brining are simple, you’re soaking the chicken in a salt and sugar solution that flavours the meat, much like a marinade would, while increasing the chicken’s moisture content. For my fried chicken, I decided to user buttermilk instead of water, and I stuffed it full of aromatics such as onion juice, garlic, celery seed and rosemary. After a night soaking in the buttermilk brine, the chicken is literally bursting with flavour, from the inside out.

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Satisfied that I’d given the chicken the love and flavour that it needed, I moved onto the skin. In fried chicken circles, there’s much debate over how to get a nice crunchy crust. I’ve found the double dredge gets a nice thick crinkled crust that stays crunchy long after the chicken has turned cold (not that there would ever be chicken left on the plate long enough to go cold). Since the brine is quite salty, I avoided adding any salt to the flour, but that didn’t stop me from cramming in more flavour with spices like onion powder, paprika and more celery seed.

Chicken after its second dredge in seasoned flour

The last secret to making the best fried chicken is to let the coated chicken air dry for about an hour before frying it. This does two things. The first is that it gets the chicken up to room temperature, which helps it cook evenly once it’s in the oil. The second benefit is that some of the surface moisture evaporates, making the chicken crisp up nicely as it’s fried.

I won’t lie to you, this is a rather involved recipe that takes some time, but it’s not impossible to make on a work night if you put the chicken in the brine the night before. I like serving this with fluffy biscuits and plenty of honey to drizzle on both the biscuits and chicken.

Equipment you'll need:

Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken

1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic finely grated on a microplane
1/2 small onion finely grated on a microplane
2 C cultured buttermilk
2 Tbs kosher salt (halve if using table salt)
1 Tbs sugar

4 whole chicken legs (thigh and drumstick connected)

1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 Tbs onion powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp celery seed grounds
1/4 tsp black pepper ground

1 L of vegetable oil for frying

Put the celery seed, rosemary, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a spice grinder and grind. Add the spices, onion and garlic into a gallon sized freezer bag with the buttermilk, salt and sugar. Seal the bag and shake to combine. Add the chicken legs and seal the bag, pushing out as much air as possible, so the chicken is submerged in the buttermilk. Refrigerate overnight.

In a gallon sized freezer bag, combine the flour, onion powder, paprika, celery seed and black pepper and shake to combine. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk brine and use paper towels to dry off the chicken and remove any extra bits of spices. Add the dried chicken into the freezer bag with the flour one at a time and toss to coat. Shake any excess flour off as you transfer the chicken to a wire rack.

Strain the buttermilk brine through a sieve to remove the spices. Dip the chicken in the buttermilk mixture then put each piece back in the bag with the flour and apply a second thicker coating of flour. Place the chicken on the rack and let it air dry for at least 1 hour.

In a large heavy bottomed pot, add the oil. The oil should be at least 2″ deep. Heat over medium high heat until it reaches 340 degrees F. Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil. The temperature will fall a bit, and you want to keep the oil right around 320 degrees F for the duration of they frying, so adjust the heat source as needed. The chicken will take about 12-15 minutes to cook through and should be golden brown on the outside. You can use a meat thermometer to check and see if the chicken is cooked on the inside, but take the chicken out of the oil once before checking, or the juices coming out of the chicken will make the oil splatter.

As the chicken is done, remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined wire rack. Let the fried chicken rest for a few minutes and serve.

  • christinefreshlocalandbest

    This recipe looks finger lickin' good! This recipe may be a bit more involved, but I am sure the exceptional results are well worth it!

  • http://www.chichoskitchen.blogspot.com Cherine

    Wow really the best buttermilk fried chicken i've ever seen!!!

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com Maggie

    This looks awesome. I've always been afraid of making fried chicken at home (besides wings) but you've got me drooling.

  • http://www.merrygourmet.com merry jennifer

    This does look pretty incredible. I'm with Maggie, though. I've always been — and still am — afraid of frying at home. That hot oil is very intimidating for someone as clumsy as me. The addition of rosemary seems like a great touch to the recipe, by the way.

  • norecipes

    Thanks:-) I usually do my deep frying in a deep stock pot. This helps
    contain all the splattering so unless you're directly above the pot
    it's harder to get hit with the oil.

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    We used to have househelp who made fried chicken like I'd never tasted before. She definitely went for the brining method but guess what she used? Instead of salt + sugar marinade, she had a secret ingredient – Coca Cola!

  • barbarakiebel

    I love fried chicken but seldom make it; when I do it's with a similar Buttermilk method but have not brined it or added the variety of spices you do. I now have but one purpose for that fryer I bought last year and have yet to use…to try this!

  • jentinyurbankitchen

    I've only recently learned how to make good roasted chicken, but I still have never tried frying it at home! For me, the fear is not so much about the splatter, but about the greasy smell that will be stuck in my house for hours and possibly days. My tiny urban kitchen has no real fume hood, and therefore whenever I grill/fry etc. the whole apartment smells like oil!

  • http://baconandrhubarb.blogspot.com Rachel (S[d]OC)

    Awesome recipe. I love to give my chicken a good buttermilk soak. Fried chicken definitely does rank up there with bacon.

    I never thought to give my coated chicken that long of a rest. Considering I often fear under/over cooking (my fried chicken can get awfully brown at times…) I know I probably should be more vigiliant in bringing the cold chicken up to temp.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets hankerings for the cololnel. Sometimes it's the most easily attainable fried chicken out there. When you have to have fried chicken, you sometimes have to take what you can get.

  • http://bunkycooks.com bunkycooks

    Oh, my! I know what I might be cooking this weekend! There is nothing better than fried chicken made at home with a really crispy crust! I do not make it often, but it is sooo good when I do! I will definitely use your recipe. I love all the extra seasonings and the buttermilk brine!

  • Anonymous

    Looks good. Although I was born in a border state, I was mostly raised in the South & Southwest (with a short stint in the American Sector of occupied West Berlin) so I appreciate deep-fried countrified cooking. On that, my heart and I have a falling out. I guess if taste is the ultimate concern, dark meat is appropriate, but in the gentlest nod to my organs, I’d rather try this one with wings and breast. I’ll be including this post this weekend at http://nashville247.tv and be pleased to do it.

    OHBYTHEWAY, day old cold fried chicken in a picnic basket is to die for.

  • kitchenbutterfly

    A must make………………………….seriously looks good!

  • http://whisk-kid.blogspot.com Kaitlin

    This sounds fantastic! Great tips – I've never made fried chicken before, and I never would have thought of letting it sit out. Can't wait to try it!

  • http://mangiodasola.com Memoria

    What a fantastic recipe. I've heard of all the tips before except for the one-hour rest after coating the chicken. Cool! Thanks for sharing these tips and AMAZING photos.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    I literally wanted to lick the screen Marc! This looks amazing and absolutely, lip smackin' delicious! I'm not a fan of deep frying (mostly due to technique) but I'm willing to give this a go! Thank you for sharing!

  • sippitysup

    The chicken is beautiful. Of course I knew you could make gorgeous fried chicken, so I want to comment on that fried chili. What a marvelous combination with fried chicken. So unexpected. GREG

    • janie k

      HI, where do i get the recipe for fried chili, to go with the chicken? i couldn’t find it,so i was hoping you could help, thanks so much..janie k

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your note. The fried chilies are actually super simple to
        make. I just fry them in the same oil as the chicken until they are
        bright green, then sprinkle some salt on top. The chilies are called
        Shishito Peppers and are not very spicy.

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com we are never full

    you are so right about the air drying. we learned this from alton brown when we were looking to make wings. it really does make them extra crispy. you can also throw them into the fridge on a plate uncovered for a few hours. i still think the thomas keller fried chicken recipe is pretty darn good as well – a bit similar to this one (seasonings, if i remember, are different). before i made his recipe a few months ago I had not cooked fried chicken in years. it is involved but SO worth it if you are making a giant batch for a bunch of people. it's just so good and a welcome treat if you're willing to wash up some oil splatters later!

  • http://trissalicious.com Trissa

    Reading your recipe, especially with the brining, and drying of the skin, I can really see why you would say this is the best ever fried chicken. It looks delicious – you would give KFC a run for their money…

  • Scalps

    Sounds a great recipe and away from the usual, I'm going to try with chicken supremes and because I don't go in a lot for deep frying I'll roast in very hot oven sprinkled with oil after a few minutes. Hope it works!!

  • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    A great recipe is hard to come by, especially for fried chicken. I recently bought a Taiwanese fried chicken cookbook because their night market is a gem for such. What does buttermilk do in this case? I am always wondering because it's in almost all recipes I have seen.

  • norecipes

    The buttermilk plays a couple of rolls. First it's the liquid in the
    brine which adds moisture to the meat, keeping it from drying out.
    Secondly it adds a nice flavour to the chicken. The last thing, which
    I'm not entirely sure about, is that it may act as a meat tenderizer.

    • Sseiber6

      Buttermilk does indeed act as a tenderizer. I use it when I am making sauerbraten. Also adds a lot of flavor.

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  • Chi-Chi

    Made your chicken last night, and you are right, this is the best buttermilk fried chicken ever!!

  • Cmreagin2u

    tenderizes and flavors the chicken

  • Skhountham

    your methodology is genius..especially letting it rest for an hour! I just finished making it, and it was even better than I could have imagined. Also, I prefer double coating in rice flour to really give it that crispy crunch! Thank you!

  • Rita Snider

    Sounds great! I will try some of the tips tonight. Some of my mother’s tricks whose fried chicken was highly regarded in four counties and especially at home, she always removed the skin, did a flour dredge, egg buttermilk, dip, and another flour coating. Frying in shortening in a stainless steel pan with a tight fitting lid , almost steamed a little as fried. Your seasoning sounds flavorful. Mother would only use salt, pepper, garlic powder and it was still tasty.

  • Mel Kelleher

    my mother made a seasoning mix that included good seasons italian dressing-dry- & dry tomato soup. she always poured bmilk or evaporated milk the nite b4-wish ihad paid more attn!

  • Eltonia30

    OMG!!! Just made this and I have to agree that this is the best fried chicken recipe I have ever used(and I have used tons). Thank you for posting this is. It was also my first attempt at frying chicken and it all worked out. No salmonella or anything.

  • Vanlinda83

    I am making this right now, ack! can’t wait!

  • Mrsboydy

    I just made this and it is the best fried chicken ever. So tasty, so crispy. Unreal!

  • Simonsays

    could I make this with skinless chicken breasts?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Yes, but it won’t taste as good. Breast meat has much less fat, so it
      tends to be dryer, doubly so if you get it skinless. But it’s
      certainly healthier (if you can call fried chicken “healthy” :-P)

    • Shutterbunny

      Why not?

  • DCJallday

    My wife made this chicken for me the other day for my birthday,  It was without a doubt the best fried chicken I have ever tasted.    GREAT RECIPE!!!! 

  • Johnson34

    sooooo good! so much flavor

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharyn-FIreman/557122727 Sharyn FIreman

    Fried chicken: Secret..use a small 3lb chicken cut up. Big chick take too long to cook through. If you use PIECES be sure they are small.
    shake in a paper bag. Don’t know why but no southern cook worth her biscuits would not ever “flour” her chix this way. Plastic makes chicken “gummy”. Keep it simple. use hard crisco…hi heat point and consistent burn point.
    do not crowd chix in pan. easily kept warm and crisp in a 200* oven when done. ALWAYS drain on BROWN PAPER BAGS.

  • Tha14u2007

    i just made this and i dont know what went wrong but my chicken was not crispy at alll !!!!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work out. Did you use paper towels to dry the brine off the chicken before coating with flour? If there’s too much moisture on the outside of the chicken when you flour it it could make it soggy. Also it’s important the the chicken be fried at a high temperature so the steam escaping from the chicken prevents the oil from soaking into the crust. If you don’t have one, I recommend getting a candy thermometer so you can measure the temperature of the oil before adding the chicken. 

  • Maria2002

    awesome work marc!
     

  • humanechef

    Hey good afternoon looks great I am about to make these and have a question. Usually I fry my chicken breasts between 360-370, do you truly recommend a low 320 for the deep-fry? I am sure it would still work however I want to make sure this is not a typo, I thought the higher temperature is what ensures quality results. . Please let me know if frying between 360-370 would be problematic. Looking forward to this sounds delicious man :)

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Because I used whole chicken legs, the chicken takes longer to cook that
      when they’re separated, if you fry at 370, it will probably burn before the
      meat around the joint is cooked. You could try maintaining a slightly higher
      temperature and turn it down if it starts getting too dark too quickly. The
      other option of course is to use the thigh and drumstick separately. I’m
      curious to hear how it turns out!

  • Mirramjr

    Truly the best fried chicken I have ever made. Didn’t have the patience to let it dry for a whole hour and still came out awesome. Been doing the buttermilk bath overnight (sometimes two nights) for a long time which ensures the chicken turns out moist and delicious but the double dredging totally made the difference in crispy deliciousness. Thanks man!!!

  • Diamondbrown

    Making this tonight and I’m so nervous. Hope it turns out just as delicious even though I didnt use some of the same seasonings! I hope my chance to impress doesn’t back fire.

  • Diamondbrown

    Making this tonight and I’m so nervous. Hope it turns out just as delicious even though I didnt use some of the same seasonings! I hope my chance to impress doesn’t back fire.

  • Cocoanutsmile

    Hi Mark, I’m marinating skinless chicken breasts now. After reading the comments I see that I may end up with dryyyyyy fried chicken. Do you have any tips to possibly avoid this tragedy? Yes, tragedy! Simply reading the recipe made me smack my lips so I don’t want to be disappointed.

    I was also going to fry in vegetable oil mixed with coconut oil for added fat content.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Chicken breast is tricky because it’s so low in fat. One minute can mean the diference between a juicy breast and a piece of cardboard. Since it’s chicken, you don’t want to undercook it, but try taking a piece of chicken out a little early and cutting into it. The juice should be clear. If it is cloudy or pink, it’s not done.

      • Cocoanutsmile

        This turned out absolutely amazing. I friend in coconut oil and butter. This did not lack any juice at all!!!!! Try doing chicken breast with no skin or bone in these oils, and you will see what I mean. It’s so much flavor!

        Congrats by the way with your food column with PBS. Can’t wait to try ur pho ga.

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  • Cs934

    My husband loves fried chicken…but he has not found many restaurants for fried chicken that he likes.  He originally liked KFC, but when they went to no trans fat…it wasn’t as good.  so I tried this buttermilk recipe and it really wasn’t very good.  I have to agree with him.  I’m not a fan of fried chicken…but this was bad!

    It was a lot of work too.

    • Abcd

      I have to agree with this unfortunately… 

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  • Ham_sambitory74

    hello gud pm. Can you give me a recipe for quick fried chicken for a restaurant
     

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  • Moosierintoo

    Is it okay if I marinate it for only 8 hours?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      It’s not ideal, but 8 hours is better than 7 hours.

  • Jalbarron

    I love your recipe but my chicken keeps getting to dark on the outside.. how do I get it to be golden and still cook all through?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Thanks! There’s a couple possibilites. The first is that the size of the chicken legs you’re using are bigger than the ones I had. If this is the case, you may need to either separate the drumstick from the thigh and fry them separately, or reduce the temperature of the oil. The other possibility is that your chicken may not have been room temperature. Although I don’t explicitly state it, the hour the chicken is air drying should be at room temperature. If the chicken is straight out of the fridge, it’s cold, so it takes longer to heat up and cook through. I hope that helps.

    • Caribbeanessence

      What oil r u using. Try using peanut or rice bran oil that have high burning temperatures

    • Wattleyc46

      lower the heat

  • Shutterbunny

    Sugar ? Disgusting !!  Sheesh, can’t people eat anything without sugar anymore

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  • Specwar2006

    oh please. Don’t be so dramatic about the sugar.  It serves a purpose, and if you were any kind of cook/chef, you would know that this is a VERY small amount compared to the overall size of the batch.

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  • Cindy_hill

    that sounds awsome so have the chicken soaking in buttermilk and will try your recipe tonight…thanks

  • Skott Chiu

    this is a good recipe just by reading it.  rome was not built in a day and so good fried chicken cannot be made in few hours.  my questions is does kfc use msg?

  • Dyksinski

    I brined my chicken last night in a simple salt solution, wish I had read this first.  I will try the flouring and cooking technique though — sounds yummy

  • http://www.calldenverhome.com/ Denver Realtor

    Yumyum, that looks incredible!

  • Andrew Leung

    This is great! I have tried other fried chicken recipes (i.e. pan frying, pan + oven cooking, different spices for the coating, brining then marinating in buttermilk, etc.) and combined parts of them into my own recipe. After making Alton Brown’s Good Eats turkey last Thansgiving, I knew there was something missing in my fried chicken recipe that can make it better… I felt using a brine should make a HUGE difference. All the recipes I’ve seen only use buttermilk to marinate but this was the first one I found to put aromatics into the buttermilk, making it a hybrid buttermilk-brine. Very smart!

    I tried out this recipe last night, using this buttermilk-brine base with my recipe. This improved my fried chicken immensely! The buttermilk-brine brought more flavors IN-to the chicken than just the outer part of the chicken. My wife & I loved it! I will definitely keep experimenting from here to improve my recipe… err, my new ‘no recipe’. :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • SB

    Wondering if this would work with boneless chicken pieces and a partial frying and then on to finish off the baking in the oven?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      It should work, but you’ll need to experiment with times to figure out what works best. I’d probably fry until it gets to a light brown color, then bake until it’s a full golden brown.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726965304 Steve Brown

        Hi Marc, I have had this recipe saved for months now, and I have been looking forward to trying it for as long. The chicken is in my fridge lapping up the marinate now. I am a newbie in the the kitchen I am experimenting quite a lot. My question is do I cover the the chicken while it is cooking in the oil?

        • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

          Hi Steve, glad to hear you’ve discovered the kitchen:-) When you deep fry something the idea is that the oil is much hotter(160-190C) than the boiling point of water (100C), so when you add an ingredient that contains water to the oil, it not only cooks the ingredient, but it drives off all the surface moisture on the food, thus making the exterior crispy/crunchy. If you covered the pot with a lid, you’d trap all that water vapor, which would then fall back into the oil, causing it to bubble violently, possibly causing the oil to over flow and catch on fire. In short, never cover the pot with a lid when deep frying.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726965304 Steve Brown

            Thanks for the speedy reply Marc. I sensed that covering the oil would not be a good idea. So tonight’s the night! I will let you know how it turns out

    • Natalie

      what if I full baked the chicken instead of partially fried and baked?

      • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

        You can bake it, but it will not turn out as crisp as if you fried it, you’ll end up with a bready exterior, unless you pour a good deal of oil over the chicken before baking, but at that point you’ll have negated any calorie savings of baking. If you’re going to bake the chicken you may want to consider using an egg wash and breadcrumbs instead of flour.

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  • SteveK

    Made this for my family and they gobbled it down like they hadn’t eaten in a month. Didn’t have any rosemary so I chopped up some fresh basil added. It was great.

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  • Mike

    When you double dredge with this recipe, should you use egg or use the buttermilk? first time trying this.

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Sorry if the recipe was confusing, but you used the strained buttermilk for the second dredge.

  • Allie

    Is there a faster way to do this for weeknights?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      I can’t think of any good shortcuts that can be made that wouldn’t effect the dish, but I’ll see if I can come with a faster weeknight version like I did with my Spaghetti and Meat Sauce a few weeks ago: http://norecipes.com/blog/spaghetti-meat-sauce-recipe/

  • KenC

    I tried this recipe this last Sat. and I say this is the best recipe I have come across so people I say this is a must have.

  • shorty

    will i get the same results if i cook the chicken in a deep fryer at 356 for the 12-15 min? thats as close to 350 as i can get on my deep fryer. I think the fryer might have a temp close to 320..should i do the 320 in the deep fryer instead?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      356 in a deep fryer should be fine. If it looks like it’s browning too quickly, you can turn down the heat.

  • malvinder kaur

    nice i myself like to brine/marinade meats for flavor !

  • cassandra

    you writing is too light to read comfortably.

  • Aaliyah

    My name is Aaliyah ,im 13 and Last Sunday I cooked Your Buttermilk Fried Chicken It was A hit!!!! Im cooking it again this sunday with a spike in the sides Thanks So much!!!!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Glad to hear everyone enjoyed it!

  • Jeremy

    Hi Marc, could you tell me what the point is of adding sugar to a brine?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      It balances out the salt, giving the chicken a mellow savory taste. It’s not intended to make the chicken sweet.

      • Jeremy

        Thank you, I thought it contributed in some way to the chemical processes that render the chicken more moist

  • Margaret

    Hi Marc,

    Your recipe of 4 whole chicken legs is about how much in weight?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      It depends on the size of the chicken. There’s plenty of brine and flour to coat larger legs, but you may need to increase the frying time if they are very large.

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  • Su

    I’m making this tonight!!! It already smells soooooo good, just drying on the rack, before frying!!!! Thank you Marc!

  • Deborah Geary

    Marc,

    Can I make the buttermilk fried chicken with chicken breasts?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Deborah, you can use breast meat, but because it has a lower fat content it tends to dry out and will not be as flavorful as using legs.

  • SeitanicEater

    Hi Marc, I really like this idea/recipe. But as a vegetarian, I plan on tweaking it quite a bit and I’m not sure how well it would work…thought maybe you could help. I am thinking about using seasoned seitan in place of the chicken. I’m hoping that the buttermilk brine will enhance the flavor of the seitan the same way as it does chicken. Here’s my question: what does the buttermilk do? Does it improve the flavor, the texture or both? Do you think it’s pointless to use the brine and just go straight to the breading since I’m not using chicken? Thanks!!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi SeitanicEater, Aside from the obvious seasoning it provides, buttermilk tenderizes the chicken, and together with the salt in the brine helps it retain more moisture. You’re most likely not going to see the tenderizing or moistening benefits by brining it in buttermilk, but I think it should help flavor the seitan (though I haven’t worked with the stuff enough to say for sure). I say try it and if it doesn’t seem to be doing anything you can leave it out next time.

  • Jeannie Irvine

    I don’t have time to marinate overnight. I’m thinking about marinating one hour, is that better than nothing?

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Yep, better than nothing, but you’re probably not going to get enough salt into the chicken with only 1 hour. You may want to add more salt into the buttermilk brine.

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  • Pang

    oh.. no.. you are killing me with this recipe. I am going to make it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  • John Ee Chee Hong

    Hi Marc Matsumoto, I cooked fried buttermilk fried chicken yesterday(not your recipe), I would just like to give my opinion that you can add a sidenote how to make the chicken taste better, usually i take chicken from freezer and cook and I went to supermarket and marinate it directly bypassing the froozen one and that supermarket has low quality chicken, but the fact is that it wasn’t frozen, it tasted better than most of the chicken i had from most supermarket i bought, tasted even better than some high qualities one. If you want to push your chicken soup recipe one step further, to qualify to be the best, every detail has to be looked into like using distilled water to make your chicken soup, may i also suggest to tell your readers or advise to use fresh ingredients. I am a fan of Japanese food and sushi has not much ingredients,basically seaweed and rice and maybe salmon or whatever fish they are using and what makes a good sushi?? It all boils down to the freshness. of course sushi still requires some technique like how you press the rice and wrap it in the seaweed but it is mostly the freshness that will make it standout from the rest.I am a Chinese and i eat lots of asian food, I can tell you one thing, fresh and not fresh can make a huge difference of the taste. I tried your terriyaki chicken recipe and it was the best ever terriyaki chicken recipe on the internet, not sure on this, but based on your description, it probably would be the best. I found out on your chicken soup here, will give it a try soon, so to sum it out, fresh ingredients is the most important factor and the fact I believe your recipe is good by reading it, fresh ingredients with your recipe will definitely make the best buttermilk chicken and best chicken soup recipe where money cannot buy unless you buy the ingredients and cook it yourself or get someone to cook it for you :-)

  • Kristen

    I made this last night and it was ab-so-freaking-lutely amazing. It was my very first attempt at making fried chicken (a few months ago I finally bought a cast iron skillet and it has been getting lots of use!) and I just have to say your recipe has set the bar very high for any fried chicken I’ll eat from now on. When my husband and I took our first bites we couldn’t even speak because the flavor was just spot on. Thanks for such a great recipe! It’s a definitely “bookmark and make again and again” kind of dish. :)

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Sherry Perry

    can you double or triple the recipe? Also, is there a printer friendly version?
    Thanks…anxious to try it!

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Sherry, yep, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t triple it, though you’ll either need to use a bigger pot to fry it or fry it in more batches. As for a printer friendly version, unfortunately I wrote this recipe before switching to a recipe plugin that supports printing, that’s why there’s no print option. Just cut and paste the recipe portion into a text editor and print from there.

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