Savor the flavor of golden, crispy chicken smothered in a rich, savory sauce. This classic country fried chicken recipe is the epitome of comfort food and will have your taste buds singing with every bite. Perfect for a Sunday dinner or a casual weeknight meal, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.
Tender chicken seasoned to perfection and coated in a crunchy, flavorful crust, then fried to a golden crisp and topped with a rich, savory sauce. This mouth-watering country-fried chicken recipe will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of the South. This dish is pure comfort food, served with creamy mashed potatoes and steaming hot gravy. So, whether you’re looking for a delicious Sunday dinner option or just a comforting meal for a busy weeknight, this country-fried chicken recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot.
prep time: 25 MINUTES
cook time: 40 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups buttermilk (substitutions available in notes)
2 large eggs, whisked
3 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plain or Italian breadcrumbs
2 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
Place each chicken breast between saran wrap and use a meat tenderizer to pound it to a thickness of 1/2 inch.
Dry the chicken thoroughly and marinate in a mixture of whisked eggs, salt, and buttermilk for 1-2 hours or overnight.
Allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for 25-30 minutes before cooking.
Coat each piece of marinated chicken in the breading mixture right before frying.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet to 350°F, covering the chicken by half.
Carefully place chicken in the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping with a thin spatula once the edges start to brown.
Transfer the cooked chicken to a wire cooling rack to let excess oil drain. Repeat for all pieces.
Serve with cornbread, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Enjoy!