Southern Fried Chicken

southern fried chicken
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 3- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt, such as Lawrys
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable shortening


In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Add the chicken and turn to coat; cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Bring the marinated chicken to room temperature. In a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag or large paper bag, combine the flour, seasoned salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Working in 2 batches, place in the seasoned flour; shake until well coated. Place on a baking sheet and let sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a dutch oven, heat the vegetable shortening over medium-high heat until it registers 315 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Add the chicken thighs and legs and cook, turning once, until golden and the internal temperature registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 15 minutes; transfer to a rack to drain. Repeat with the breasts and wings.