Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Hot Honey
Y’all, buttermilk fried chicken is the BOMB. Crispy golden skin and moist insides are nothing to say no to. The colonel is right; fried chicken is finger-lickin’ good. Especially buttermilk fried chicken.
But what’s the difference? Buttermilk fried chicken is soaked in buttermilk prior to frying. The extra acid in buttermilk helps to tenderize the chicken, and the chicken absorbs some of the buttermilk’s rich flavor. It’s a win-win, and it produces gorgeously rich and tender chicken.
With this, there’s not too much you need to know. Try not to burn yourself or the chicken, and you’ll be golden. Eat this dish with biscuits and coleslaw for a really special lunch. Enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 6-8 pieces of skin-on chicken (drumsticks, wings, breasts, etc.)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 6 cups vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups good honey
- 2 tablespoons Sriacha sauce
Begin by soaking your chicken in a large bowl of buttermilk for at least one hour. While the chicken is soaking, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder in another large bowl.
When the chicken is done soaking, preheat the oven to 375 F and begin heating about two inches of the vegetable oil in a large frying pan. (You can check to see if it’s ready by placing the base of a wooden spoon in the oil and seeing if the oil bubbles.)
Time to fry the chicken! Remove each piece from the buttermilk, roll until covered in the flour mixture, and place it in the frying oil. (Only do a few pieces at a time, so the oil’s temperature doesn’t drop.) Fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden. Once the chicken’s outside is cooked, place it on a cooling rack. Continue to fry each piece until all the chicken is fried. Next, bake your buttermilk fried chicken in the oven at 375 F for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of each piece reaches 165 F. Remove from the oven to cool.
Finally, make the hot honey by whisking together the honey and Sriacha sauce until combined. Drizzle over the top of your buttermilk fried chicken and enjoy!