Anna Olson's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy
For the For the Marinade:
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbsp fine salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 3 1/2 lb fryer chickens, cut into equal pieces

For the Frying

6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cups peanut or canola oil for frying

For the For the Marinade

Whisk buttermilk, mustard, salt and peppers. Pour over cut-up chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to a day, stirring occasionally.

For the For Frying

Whisk flour with baking powder, salt and pepper in a large flat dish. Lift chicken pieces out of marinade and, without shaking off excess liquid, coat with flour.

Let chicken sit in flour, turning occasionally, while heating oil.

Pour oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pot or pan, so that oil only comes halfway up the pot. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 180°C (a fryer thermometer is a great tool here).

Add 4 pieces of chicken to the pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Fry chicken for 5 minutes, adjusting the heat so it hovers between 145°C and 150°C (oil should be constantly bubbling) then turn over.

Fry 7 minutes more then turn chicken again, frying about another 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain (and check for doneness by opening chicken or using a probe thermometer to read 80°C.

Return oil heat to 180°C and repeat process with remaining chicken. Cooked chicken can be transferred to an unlined baking sheet and kept warm in a 120°C oven. Serve warm or chill overnight and serve on a picnic.

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