How to Make Southern Fried Chicken

To make perfect Southern fried chicken, follow these easy steps
How to Make Southern Fried Chicken

Southern fried chicken doesn’t use buttermilk like some other fried chicken recipes.

If you love Southern food, then you know that Southern fried chicken is one of the best fried chicken recipes. Even without a buttermilk marinade, Southern fried chicken is tender and juicy. If you want to make this delicious fried chicken at home, just follow these simple steps.

Season the Chicken
The first step in making flavorful Southern fried chicken is to flavor the chicken with salt, pepper, and some smoked paprika.

Dredge the Chicken in Flour
Then, dip the seasoned chicken into flour and coat it on all sides, shaking off any excess.

Dip the Chicken in Egg
Mix egg with water to create an egg wash (this recipe calls for a mix of egg and hot sauce for even more flavor) and dip the chicken into the egg, shaking off any excess.

More Flour
Then, dip the chicken into the flour again, shaking off the excess.

Fry the Chicken
Fry your breaded chicken in 350-degree oil, a few pieces at a time. When the Southern fried chicken is fully cooked, drain it on a metal cooling rack set over a baking sheet.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.