This classic recipe hails from the heart of the South and is beloved for its crispy, golden-brown exterior and juicy, tender meat. Atlanta, known for its vibrant food scene, has embraced the art of frying chicken to perfection, resulting in a dish that satisfies both the soul and the taste buds. Join us as we share the steps to recreate this finger-licking Southern favorite, allowing you to experience the irresistible flavors of Atlanta right in your own kitchen.
- 4 chicken leg quarters, separated into drumsticks and thighs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust according to spice preference)
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, place the chicken pieces and cover them with buttermilk. Make sure all the chicken is submerged. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for maximum flavor.
- In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the seasoned flour mixture.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to about 350°F (175°C).
- Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk marinade, allowing any excess to drip off.
- Coat each chicken piece generously in the seasoned flour mixture, making sure to press the flour onto the chicken to create a crispy coating.
- Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, taking care not to overcrowd the skillet or fryer. Fry in batches if necessary.
- Fry the chicken until it is golden brown and crispy on all sides, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for fully cooked chicken.
- Transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
- Serve the mouthwatering Southern Fried Chicken as a delightful taste of Atlanta’s culinary heritage, accompanied by your favorite sides and sauces.