Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Thursday, March 24, 2016
This month a few of my blogger friends got together and decided to have a Chicken Challenge and share 8 of our favorite chicken recipes to help make meal planning a little bit easier.

The minute Colt heard about the challenge he reminded me I was long overdue to share my secret to Extra Crispy Fried Chicken. It just happens to be one of the most requested dinners in our house between Colt and the kids. I'm pretty sure if I would let them they would live on it, and devour the leftovers cold the next day for lunch!  It's also a favorite to take cold to the park along with Dill Potato Salad or this Fully Loaded Potato Salad for a picnic on a hot summers day.

Colt also made Creamy Macaroni and Cheese to go with our Extra Crispy Fried Chicken, since the kids had asked just about everyday for 2 weeks if one of us would make it. I don't think comfort food gets more comforting then that!
Stir together 2 1/2 cups Buttermilk, 2 tablespoons Hot Sauce (Optional if you like it spicy), 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic, 1 teaspoon Onion Powder, 1 teaspoon Salt, and 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper. Stir until well combined and add 8-10 pieces of Chicken.

Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

I used chicken drumsticks because it's what I had, and also the kids favorite, but you can also use thighs, breasts or wings. If your using breast meat I will usually slice them in half if they are really large to help reduce the cooking time and make sure there is plenty of crispy coating to every bite, since we all know the extra crispy coatings the best part! Extra-Crispy-Fried-Chicken-Flour-Panko-Bread-Crumbs-Garlic-Onion-Salt-Black-Pepper.jpg
In a large ziplock bag or bowl stir together 2 cups All-Purpose Flour, 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs, 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic, 1 teaspoons Onion Powder, 2 1/2 teaspoons Salt and  2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper,  until well combined.
Place 4-5 pieces of Chicken into flour mixture and shake to coat. Allow to rest in flour mixture at least 10 minutes.
Fill a heavy duty skillet or frying pan 1/3 of the way full with Cooking Oil (I used Coconut Oil), and heat until 350 degrees on a deep fry thermometer. Add chicken to pan being careful not to crowd and cook until golden brown about 10 minutes per side. While chicken cooks the temperature should drop and be maintained around 325 degrees. 
Flip chicken over and cook until a deep golden brown and chicken registers 165 degrees on a instant read thermometer.  Remove Chicken to a cookie sheet lined with a baking rack and place chicken in a 200 degree oven to stay warm while frying remaining chicken. Repeat steps with remaining chicken.
Extra Crispy Fried Chicken is the ultimate comfort food!
Serve with hot sauce for those that like it hot! It's so crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Perfect in my book and solved the families craving for comfort food at least for the night. 

Make sure to check out the other 7 Chicken Ideas below the recipe! 

Yield: 10 Pieces
Nutrition facts: 652 calories, 55 grams fat

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Learn how to make Extra Crispy Fried Chicken with easy to follow step by step instructions with photos from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
4.8 out of 5 based on 2 user ratings
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 10 pieces Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs, Or Breast
  • 2 1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Hot Sauce (Optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper, Ground
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour Or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper, Ground
  • Cooking Oil For Frying
  • Hot Sauce


  1. In a large bowl add Buttermilk, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, stir until well combined, and add chicken pieces to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  3. In a large ziplock bag or dish combined flour, panko, remaining garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  4. Add half of chicken and shake to coat. Allow chicken to rest in flour mixture for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Fill a heavy duty frying pan 1/3 of the way full of oil, and heat until 350 degrees on a deep fry thermometer.
  6. Add chicken to pan being careful not to crowd, maintain oil temperature around 225 degrees. The temperature will drop once chicken is added.
  7. Cook until golden brown about 10 minutes, and then carefully flip chicken. Cook until golden brown on both sides and internal temperature registers 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
  8. Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with a baking rack in the oven to stay warm.
  9. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  10. Serve with hot sauce if desired.
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Check out all the other lovely chicken recipes below from bloggers who took part in our 30 Day Chicken Challenge.
The recipe for Extra Crispy Fried Chicken and links to 7 other amazing recipes! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken's amazing hot or cold and perfect for potlucks and picnics! Extra crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com


  1. My mouth is watering, literally. I haven't had fried chicken in ages and now I NEED it!

  2. Thank you for the step-by-step on fried chicken! I've never let mine rest in the flour like you do ... will definitely need to give that a try.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  3. You can't beat a good crispy skin and you nailed it.

  4. Mmm, now this is fried chicken! Looks fantastic!

  5. Oh so good! I could eat this any time of day and all day long!

  6. I'm more of a chicken breast kind of girl. My kids would eat this up as chicken strips! Yum! Great idea!

  7. I'm a sucker for some good fried chicken and this looks perfect! Great recipe!

  8. I will fully admit as a northern girl, I have never attempted making Fried Chicken! You've inspired me to try!

  9. I can just taste this! Looks so good!

  10. Beautifully done, both the bird and the page. Well laid out with a great photo set, although I prefer ingredients to be listed in the order they are used (minor pet peeve). You obviously know one of the secrets of great fried food as you are using a well seasoned cast iron pan. If you are trying to help others perfect fried food don't leave that fact out. It's like accidentally leaving out a "secret" ingredient of your special recipe.


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