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Southern Style Whole Fried Chicken

  • Prep Time: 44 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hour 14 minutes
  • Category: Mains


A recipe for southern style whole fried chicken.



  • 600ml buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 1 whole chicken (without giblets)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 5 cups vegetable oil


  1. Cut the whole chicken into 12 pieces. See here for a guide on cutting a whole chicken into 11 pieces, then cut the backbone in half. Using a jumbo size double zip lock bag, add buttermilk and 2 tbsp salt and all the pieces of the chicken, close the bag and refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight.
  2. Take the chicken pieces out of the fridge and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, using a second bag, prepare the seasoned flour that will coat the chicken, by adding flour, potato starch, onion powder, garlic powder, remaining salt, paprika, oregano, thyme and basil to the bag.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frypan on medium heat. Meanwhile, remove three pieces of chicken at a time from the buttermilk mixture bag and place in the seasoned flour bag. Close and shake the bag for each batch to cover all the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, transferring the dredged pieces to a tray as you go.
  4. Fry the chicken in the hot oil by adding half of the chicken to the frypan and cook for 15 minutes, rotating three to four times. Repeat for the remaining other half of cut pieces, placing the cooked chicken on paper towels as you go. Let chicken sit for five minutes before serving, then serve.


Allow an additional two hours to overnight for the chicken to be marinated in the fridge in the buttermilk and salt mixture.

To use less oil, frying can be done in batches of three times, instead of two, with four pieces of chicken fried at a time in a small frypan and using three cups of vegetable oil instead of five. If doing this, add an additional 15 minutes cooking time.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 2301

Keywords: fried chicken, southern style fried chicken