Classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Total Time: 300
  • Servings: 12-16 portions

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Buttermilk Marinade:
2 cups (500 mL) buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) dry mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) each garlic powder and onion powder
3/4 tsp (175 mL) kosher salt
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each sweet paprika and pepper
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) poultry seasoning or chicken soup base
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cayenne pepper
Fried Chicken:
2 kg skin-on bone-in Maple Leaf Prime Chicken thighs, drumsticks, and wings and/or breasts
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) potato starch
2 tbsp (30 mL) each garlic powder and onion powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) dry mustard
2 tsp (10 mL) sweet paprika
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper
vegetable oil for frying


IN a large bowl or tupperware container whisk together buttermilk, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, pepper, poultry seasoning and cayenne pepper.

ADD chicken to marinade, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

*Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours*

IN large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper.

ADD enough oil to large deep skillet or Dutch oven to come 3 inches (8 cm) up side. Heat until deep-fryer thermometer reads 300°F (150°C).

WHILE oil is heating, remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip back into dish; reserve remaining marinade. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.

DREDGE chicken in flour mixture, tapping off excess. Dip in reserved marinade, letting excess drip off. Dredge again in flour mixture, tapping off excess.

WORKING in batches, fry chicken, turning occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of several pieces reads 165°F (74°C), 10 to 15 minutes. Drain on rack set over paper towel–lined baking sheet; let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


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