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Favorite Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Fresh Herbs & Garlic


"Homemade fried chicken has never been so delicious! This is my all-time favorite Buttermilk Fried Chicken – brined chicken is quickly soaked in buttermilk & dusted with flour before frying in garlic- & fresh herb-infused oil. The resulting fried chicken is absolutely juicy & tender, intensely flavorful, & ridiculously crispy. Absolutely perfect, in absolutely every way!"

Servings: 8 / Calories: 591


2–3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (see Recipe Notes, below)
simple poultry brine, below
poultry spice blend, below
2.5 quarts frying oil
1 head garlic, halved crosswise
3/4-ounce pack fresh poultry herbs (see Recipe Notes, below)
2 cups buttermilk (see Recipe Notes, below)
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

for the simple poultry brine:

4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
2–4 dried bay leaves
optional: 8-10 sprigs fresh thyme

for the poultry spice blend:

1 heaping tablespoon garlic powder
1 heaping tablespoon onion powder
1 heaping tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt
optional: 1 -2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

helpful frying equipment:

Staub Tall Cocotte
candy thermometer
spider strainer
instant-read thermometer
quarter sheet pan



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