Beasley's Chicken + Honey Fried Chicken Recipe

Beasley's Chicken + Honey Fried Chicken Recipe
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey

Chef Ashley Christensen of Beasley's Chicken + Honey in Raleigh, NC shares her recipe for old fashioned, Southern fried chicken. Served hot off the stove or chilled in the fridge, this dish is the perfect summertime entree. 

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For the brine

Boil the water and add in the sugar and 1 ½ cup of salt, stirring the mixture until it has dissolved to create a brine.

Remove from the heat and combine the brine with some ice in a large, food-safe container.

Place the chicken in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 10 hours and for no longer than 12 hours. 

For the fried chicken

Fill a large, cast-iron skillet half-way with canola oil and heat to 325 degrees.

Fill a paper grocery bag with the flour and the 1 teaspoon of salt, fold the top closed, and shake the bag to combine the ingredients.

Fill a large bowl with the buttermilk. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat the pieces dry.

One by one, dip the chicken pieces into the buttermilk, lift them to drain the excess, then place them in the grocery bag with the flour mixture.

Fold the bag closed and then shake it to thoroughly coat the chicken with the flour mixture, about 30 seconds.

Shake the excess flour from the chicken pieces and fry them in the skillet, adjusting the heat of the oil as necessary to maintain it at 325 degrees, turning each over once, until they are done, about 155 degrees on the interior for white meat and 165 degrees on the interior for dark meat. 


Calories per serving:

7,666 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 642g 988%
  • Carbs 315g 105%
  • Saturated 77g 387%
  • Fiber 7g 27%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 124g
  • Monounsaturated 376g
  • Polyunsaturated 171g
  • Protein 168g 336%
  • Cholesterol 564mg 188%
  • Sodium 24,625mg 1,026%
  • Calcium 777mg 78%
  • Magnesium 269mg 67%
  • Potassium 2,220mg 63%
  • Iron 18mg 101%
  • Zinc 13mg 86%
  • Phosphorus 1,685mg 241%
  • Vitamin A 509µg 57%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 18%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 173%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 171%
  • Niacin (B3) 61mg 307%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 133%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 523µg 131%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 73%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 94mg 470%
  • Vitamin K 384µg 480%
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