Southern Fried Chicken Butter

Southern Fried Chicken Butter


Southern Fried Chicken is celebrated for its crispy, flavorful crust and juicy interior, a staple of Southern cuisine that has garnered fans far and wide. The secret to achieving the perfect fried chicken lies in the batter—a combination of spices and techniques that result in that irresistible crunch and taste. Here’s a detailed recipe for a Southern Fried Chicken Batter that will elevate your chicken to the next level, making it a hit among all who try it.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (smoked paprika adds a nice twist)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional, for added kick)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Prepare the Dry Mixture: In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to ensure all the spices are evenly distributed throughout the flour.
  2. Mix the Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce (if using). This mixture will help the dry ingredients adhere to the chicken, adding moisture and flavor.
  3. Dredge the Chicken: Start by dipping each piece of chicken into the dry mixture, ensuring it’s fully coated. Shake off any excess flour. Then, dip the coated chicken into the wet mixture, letting the excess drip off. Finally, dredge the chicken once again in the dry mixture for a second coat. This double-dipping technique ensures a thicker batter that becomes incredibly crispy when fried.
  4. Let It Rest: Allow the coated chicken pieces to rest on a wire rack for about 10 to 15 minutes before frying. This resting period helps the coating to set and stick better to the chicken during the frying process.
  5. Fry the Chicken: Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet to 350°F (175°C). Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches if necessary. Cook the chicken for about 10 to 12 minutes for smaller pieces (like drumsticks and wings) and 14 to 16 minutes for larger pieces (like breasts and thighs), turning occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
  6. Drain and Serve: Once cooked, transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack set over a baking sheet to drain off any excess oil. This helps keep the chicken crispy. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving.