Main content

Southern Fried Chicken


  • Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, salt

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil leaves

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1.4 kg frying chicken, cut into 8 pieces, all fat removed

  • 900 ml buttermilk

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable flour

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil


  • 1.

    Combine the seasoning mix ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.

  • 2.

    Place the chicken pieces in a pan or shallow bowl, pour the buttermilk over, and let marinate for 1 hour at room temperature. Pour off the buttermilk add reserve 1 cup. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix all over the chicken pieces and pat it in well with your hands. Combine the flour 2 ½ teaspoons of the seasoning mix in a shallow bowl. Heat the oil in a large non stick fry pan over high heat until very hot. Toss the chicken in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess, and add to the oil, skin side down, in a single layer. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium, and fry, checking occasionally to make sure the chicken is not burning, until browned on one side, about 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over, cover, and fry, checking occasionally, until a rich, golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

» Metric Converter


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

3 3 3 3 3
Average Rating
11 comments • 7 ratings
Please login to comment
Posted by Report
I tried this recipe. Tasted great, but i prefer Fast Ed,s Southern fried chicken. Any buttermilk left over in the carton can be used to make a ranch dressing, also on Fast Ed,s cooking site. Try it!
Posted by SilkReport
I am going to try this recipe tonight....ingredients as per the online instructions. I am a little wary though....most recipes I have found that are represented online are NOT the same as when I saw them on the show.....ingredients missing etc.....I don't have this particular episode recorded, so I will go with what is on this recipe...however, I am pretty tired of the recipe write ups on this site do not represent the actual recipes that I saw on TV....I am wondering if either the chefs....or the TV people set us all up to fail.....bah humbug....not in a magnanamous mood this afternoon....willing to give this recipe a try though
Posted by Josh39Report
What did you think of the southern fried chicken. Would like to know.

Cheers Josh.
Posted by fishoneilReport
Tried it last night and am intrigued why I had to save the cup of buttermilk. It was a great taste...
Posted by COOKING_MAMA™Report
I'm pretty sure you're supposed to dip the chicken into the reserved milk and then the spice and flour mix before frying..... It just dosent say. I worked at KFC as a kid, that's the way it's done.
Posted by Lori-ellenReport
Nah, not for dipping. Use of the milk is purely for tenderizing and for the absorption of flavours. Much easier for meat to absorb the seasoning when, believe it or not, the milk actually helps break down the fibers of the meat. Haven't you ever seen a turkey soaked overnight in liquid with citrus and spices? You will have the most succulent meat if you do this. Hope this helps? Oh by the way looks like they have omitted probably a sauce from the recipe. That would more than likely be the reason for reserving the milk. No good now though unless you know of one for its use.
Posted by CooketteReport
Then same night he whizzed char-grilled red pepers, chilli peppers etc for some sort of salsa - but I cannot ind the recipe. Can anyone help?
Posted by Report
This is the best recipie love it. It's def going to be a regular in our house.
Posted by Report
no paprika in kfc o.r. , your a hack ...
Posted by Report
you sure about that? you lucky person you, knowing all the secret herbs and spices lol.

p.s. doopah read the title, not KFC, is southern fried chicken! you rock gary, you make fried chicken like me :p