What to Read Next

The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!

Sheere Ng
12 June 2012
The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!
View photos
The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!

Text by Sheere Ng, Images by KF Seetoh @ Makansutra

“Best fried chicken recipe ever” goes the headline.

How not to resist picking up a magazine with those words? Bon Appetite Magazine’s February issue had this headline a few months back, so we picked up a copy to try out the recipe.

And we are glad we did, because the recipe is detailed, easy, and makes a helluva deep-fried goodness. While we can’t claim it is the best, we can tell you that some ladies in the office – who usually can’t bear to get their hands dirty – didn’t hesitate to sink their manicured fingernails into it.

Oh, we also set one aside for an hour to test its resilience against our humid, tropical weather and it passed with crisp, golden brown colours!

The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!
View photos
The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!


2 tbsp salt, 2 tsp plus 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper, 1½ tsp paprika , ¾ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, 1.4kg chicken, cut into 10 pieces, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 large egg, 1½ cups all-purpose flour, ½ tbsp cornstarch, Peanut oil for frying

Special equipment: A deep-fry thermometer (especially important for first timers to achieve the crispiness)

The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!
View photos
The Best Deep-Fried Chicken Recipe Ever!


Whisk 1 tbsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl.

Season chicken with spices. Place it in a bowl, cover and chill overnight.

Let chicken stand covered at room temperature for 1 hour.

Whisk buttermilk, egg, and ½ cup water in a bowl.

Whisk flour, cornstarch, remaining 1 tbsp salt, and remaining 1 tbsp pepper in another bowl.

Pour oil into 10”-12” cast iron skillet or other heavy, straight-sided skillet to a depth of ¾”.

Prop deep-fry thermometer in oil. Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 177 Degrees C.

Meanwhile, dip chicken in buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl.

Dredge in flour mixture; tap against bowl to shake off excess.

Place 5 chicken pieces in skillet.

Fry chicken, turning with tongs every 1-2 minutes and adjusting heat to maintain a steady temperature of 149 – 163 Degrees C, until skin is deep golden brown, about 10 minutes for wings and 12 minutes for thighs, legs and breasts.

Using tongs, remove chicken from skillet, allowing excess oil to drip back into skillet.

Transfer chicken to a plate laid with kitchen towel.

Repeat with remaining chicken; let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day OR have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/ Month! See if you qualify.

Movie Hitlist

Free Workshop in Washington DC Area, Feb. 27!

This workshop introduces you to the tools to create winning trades no matter which direction stocks move! Attend the event and get a FREE silver bar!

Help Erase Credit Card Debt with a Personal Loan

Are you paying too much on your credit cards? Consider a Personal Loan to help consolidate your payments.

Switch and save!

Switch to Progressive and you could save an average of $548.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are surprised that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

Checkout the New Tundra, Sleek Look Low Price

Your local Toyota dealer has unbelievable savings for you on a new Toyota Tundra Learn more today!

Bad News For Insurance, Great News For Virginia

Virginia drivers, with cars and good driving records are learning that they may qualify for lower car insurance rates. Do you qualify?

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

New City-Style, Multi-Level Garage Condos

Personalized features and no-hassle homeownership. Reap advantages that come with ownership without the everyday headaches. Priced from the $200s.

Attn Home Owners Who Never Miss a Payment.

Home Owners who have not missed a payment in 3 years or more need to read this. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home there is a solution.

10 Retirement Income Tips You Can’t Ignore

If you have a $500,000 portfolio, download the guide by Forbes columnist Ken Fisher’s firm. It’s called, “The Definitive Guide to Retirement Income.”

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.