Easy Recipes

Best Southern Fried Chicken


  • 16 chicken drumsticks (or a combination of drumsticks and thighs)
  • 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper (divided)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Frying with 3 cups of Vegetable oil


  • Heat the warming drawer or oven to 200 F.
  • Pat the chicken with paper towels to dry.
  • In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, Tabasco sauce, salt, and 1 tablespoon of black pepper. Add the chicken legs to the mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate with the marinade for at least 1 hour (or up to 24 hours).
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and let any excess buttermilk drip off.