Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to about 350°F (175°C).
  4. Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk marinade, allowing any excess to drip off.
  5. Coat each chicken piece generously in the seasoned flour mixture, making sure to press the flour onto the chicken to create a crispy coating.
  6. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, taking care not to overcrowd the skillet or fryer. Fry in batches if necessary.
  7. 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.
  8. Transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  9. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  10. Serve the mouthwatering Southern Fried Chicken as a delightful taste of Atlanta’s culinary heritage, accompanied by your favorite sides and sauces.

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