There’s nothing like homemade fried chicken. This recipe is super easy, so it’s great for first-time chicken fryers!
Oh, homemade fried chicken. It's wonderful comfort food. Served hot from the pan, it's juicy, bone-warming goodness. Or you can eat it chilled -- preferably while seated on a picnic blanket in a picturesque location.
This homemade chicken is first marinated in seasoned buttermilk and then breaded and fried. I love the flavor that the buttermilk imparts on the chicken -- it's almost tangy, but in this amazing way.
First, mix garlic, salt, pepper and buttermilk in a zippered bag. Then add the chicken and refrigerate for a couple hours.
Next mix up breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and paprika.
Then the fun part! Remove the chicken breasts from the buttermilk marinade and roll them one at a time in the breadcrumb mixture. Continue until all of the chicken pieces are well coated.
Heat an inch or so of oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Using a spatula or tongs so you don’t get your fingers near that hot oil, carefully add the chicken to the pan.
Fry two minutes or so on the first side, then carefully turn the pieces and fry another two minutes. Continue cooking and turning until the chicken is cooked throughout.
Drain on paper towels before plating this lusciousness up and serving it right away to waiting mouths.
Most of us don’t eat or cook fried chicken all that often, so when we do we adore it! But if you’d rather have baked chicken, try this delicious Crispy Cheddar Chicken recipe that will fill you up and satisfy your craving for down-home comfort food without the actual oil-frying part.
Fried or baked, chicken sounds like a great plan for dinner tonight.
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.