Zac’s Favorite Southern Fried Chicken


  • 6 pieces of desired cut chicken
  • Peanut oil for Frying
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bottle hot sauce
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups self-rising flour


Whisk ingredients for marinade together. Soak chicken pieces in the marinade, 45 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Remove chicken from marinade, then dredge the soaked chicken pieces through the dry mixture. Place them on a tray in the fridge for 30 minutes, uncovered, allowing them to dry out for perfectly even browning. Using a deep cast-iron skillet, fill halfway with peanut oil. Bring the oil to 350*F.
Add dredged chicken pieces to hot oil 1” apart, fry in batches if they all don’t fit. Cook white meat for 5 minutes per side, dark meat about 6-7 minutes per side. If bone-in, fry bone side down first and don’t move the pieces until time is up. Place fried chicken on a paper towel to drain.

Collins Woods

— Brown Family Chef



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