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Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

An easy recipe for a takeaway favourite
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 500 gram Chicken 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks or whatever combination you like. On the bone and skin on works best.
  • 100 ml buttermilk or milk with a splash of lemon juice added
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 100 gram plain flour or gluten free alternative
  • 3 heaped tsp The Chicken Went Down To Georgia or seasoning mix of your choice
  • 1 pinch baking powder (optional)
  • 6 tbsp oil Sunflower, vegetable or rapeseed


  • Mix the paprika with the buttermilk
  • Add the chicken to the buttermilk, stir to coat and ideally leave to marinate overnight but at least for 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C or 180°C if fan assisted.
  • Mix the fried chicken seasoning with the flour in a bowl.
  • Drain the chicken and toss in the flour so evenly coated.
  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottomed frying pan.
  • Once the oil is hot carefully place the chicken in the pan. Cook on a gentle heat until the chicken is lightly browned.
  • Once the chicken pieces are nicely coloured, take them out of the pan, shaking off any excess oil, and place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment or grease proof paper.
  • Place the chicken in the pre-heated oven and cook for around 30 minutes until cooked all the way through. A temperature probe can be used to make sure the internal core temperature is 75°C or above.
  • Serve the chicken with some fries, salad and coleslaw for a proper taste of the American South.
Keyword baked, chicken, fried, KFC, soul food, Southern
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