Southern Fried Hot Chicken

Southern Fried Hot Chicken


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Serve a complete meal at your Kentucky Derby Party. This meal incudes homemade fried chicken from scratch. This flavorful chicken will make your party sizzle.

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 1 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • Seasoned Flour:
  • 8 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • For the Hot Chicken
  • 4 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/2 a cup of hot sauce
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Vegetable shortening, for frying
  • 5 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Extra:
  • A side of cole slaw
  • A side of potato wedges

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To make the flour:
First, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until they are combined well. Pour the flour mixture into a brown paper bag. This will be used for frying.
To make the chicken:
First, mix the buttermilk and hot sauce well in a bowl.
Then add the chicken and cover it in the buttermilk mixture. Put the chicken in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This gives the chance for the seasonings sit and soak into the chicken.
Once the chicken is ready to fry, take it out of the buttermilk mixture. Any extra liquid on the chicken should be drained off.
Put the chicken in the bag with the flour. Close the bag tightly at the top. Shake the bag so that the chicken is doused in flour. Then, take the chicken out of the bag. Get rid of any extra flour as necessary.
Put the flour on a baking sheet. Let the flour sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
While the chicken is sitting, fill a large skillet with melted shortening. The skillet should be filled one-third of the way up the sides.
Then, heat the oil to 340 degrees. Once the oil is hot, you can start adding the chicken to the skillet. First add the legs and the thighs. They should be spread around the sides of the skillet. Cook this set for 3 minutes. Then you can add the breasts and wings.
Cook the chicken until it is golden and crispy. It should have this look on both sides. The internal temperature of the chicken should read 165 degrees.
Put the cooked chicken on a clean baking sheet. Save at least 1 cup of the frying oil.
In a medium bowl, mix the cayenne, sugar, paprika, chili powder and garlic powder. Slowly stir in the frying oil until a light paste has developed.
Use a pastry brush to coat the surface of the fried chicken with the sauce. Serve the chicken hot with a side of potato, wedges and cole slaw.

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