recipe: Crispiest Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Crispiest Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Crispiest Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Prep Time: 2 h 30 m
  • Calories: 538 kcal

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  1. Mix cold water and kosher salt together in a large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken legs. Cover entire bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Remove bowl from the refrigerator; drain and pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Place chicken legs in a plastic bag with 1 cup all-purpose flour and shake to coat.
  4. Pour buttermilk into a bowl. Mix remaining flour, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in another bowl. Dip each chicken leg in buttermilk; move to flour mixture and coat well.
  5. Heat canola oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Fry chicken legs in hot oil in batches until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
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