How to Cook Fried Chicken

Christine Albury

Learn how to cook fried chicken! You’ll love the homemade taste.

Crispy, juicy, fried chicken is irresistible. It’s perfect for summer picnics, potlucks and parties.

You can certainly buy fried chicken, but there’s something special about cooking southern fried chicken at home. You can even make Popeye’s Chicken!

Popeye's Chicken Photo

Tips for Making Fried Chicken

  • Use buttermilk and allow the chicken to soak in it for several hours.
  • Dredge to perfection before frying.
  • Always use good oil.
Popeye's Chicken Picture

How to Cook Fried Chicken

  1. Marinate the chicken in buttermilk overnight in the refrigerator. You can add seasonings to the buttermilk, if you’d like.
  2. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
  3. Dredge the chicken in flour mixed with salt, white pepper and other seasonings of your choice. (KFC uses 11 different kinds!) Shake off excess coating.
  4. Fill a cast iron skillet 2/3 full with peanut oil or canola oil. (You’ll need an oil that can withstand high heat.)
  5. Place the oil over medium-high heat until it’s 360 degrees F. Add some of the chicken in a single layer (you can do this in batches.)
  6. Fry the chicken until it is brown and golden on both sides and reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F, about 10 minutes per batch.
  7. Adjust the heat to keep the oil between 350 to 375˚F. Drain the chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet. Let it rest 8-10 minutes.
  8. To make extra crispy chicken, fry it a second time for three minutes.
Popeye's Chicken Image

Making Oven Fried Chicken

If you’d like to cut down on fat and calories, you can make oven-fried chicken. Just dredge the chicken in flour and seasonings, then bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 30 minutes per side. For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour.

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken Image

What to Serve with Fried Chicken

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Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!