Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

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What is the difference between fried chicken and Southern fried chicken?

Most soul food is Southern. But not all Southern food is soul food. Get it?

Here’s how you can tell if a batch of fried chicken (chicken battered in flour) is a Southern soul food recipe:

Crunchy flavorful outside with juicy, seasoned tender meat inside.

Yep – that’s a Black folks’ soul food Southern fried chicken recipe!

 

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken

 

Soul food fried chicken

When people ask, “What is Southern fried chicken?”

I think they should ask instead…

 

“What is the secret to good fried chicken?”

The answer is soul food Southern fried chicken. A recipe that Black folks created and perfected!

There’s no denying that chicken with a balance of tender meat on the inside and crispy seasoning on the outside is a soul food specialty.

So I’m sharing the secrets to a savory batch of Southern fried chicken the soul food way!  

 

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Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

 

How do you make a traditional Black folks’ soul food Southern fried chicken recipe?

How do you make the best fried chicken that’s both crispy and tender? 

To do this, you no longer need years of experience perfecting the precise temperature for hot oil in a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet. 

You can still use these stovetop accessories, or you can give yourself some grace and plop your battered chicken pieces in a deep fryer!

 

 

What is the use of a deep fryer? 

Deep fryers are a wonderful invention that can make your life so much easier. You can quickly and easily use them indoors or outdoors to fry foods like Southern fried chicken in deep oils at high temperatures.

I call new-age at-home appliances like deep fryers and electric pressure cookers “magical meals in minutes!”

So I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention using an air fryer to make this Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe.

When it comes to chicken, one of the reasons air fryers are so popular is that people want to eat healthier but still get that crispy Southern fried chicken taste and texture. Air fryer chicken is a healthy and crispy alternative to deep-fried chicken. 

 

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In moderation, you can still enjoy a batch of deep-fried Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken! Fried chicken is another darling recipe of the South, akin to Southern potato saladcornbread and collard greens. Or sardines and pork and beans (for my DC Chocolate City peeps). 

I promise, there’s nothing like a delicious piping hot, fresh batch of Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken!

 

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What Is A Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe?

 

Ingredients for Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe

  • 6-8 pieces of chicken (or one 3-pound chicken cut into pieces)
  • 48 oz. of peanut oil, or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour, divided 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon of red pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of buttermilk (½ cup of buttermilk = ½ cup of milk & ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar)

 

You can make the buttermilk for this recipe yourself. Because let’s be real – it’s not a common pantry ingredient!

Buttermilk for this recipe: ½ cup of buttermilk = ½ cup of milk + ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. 

 

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Instructions for soul food Southern fried chicken recipe 

  1. Pour the peanut oil (preferred) or vegetable oil into a deep fryer, 6-quart skillet, or Dutch oven until the oil is 1-inch deep.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat or until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  3. While you’re waiting for the oil to heat up, Place 1 cup of the divided flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper in a medium-size mixing bowl or 1-gallon resealable food storage bag. 
  4. Shake (or mix) the sealed bag to combine the ingredients for a homemade poultry seasoning, and set the flour mixture aside.
  5. Pour the second cup of flour into a second resealable bag (or medium-sized mixing bowl) and set it aside.
  6. In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg, and set that mixture aside too.
  7. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  8. The chicken will go through a 3-step process from here.
  9. First, place the chicken in the bag (or bowl) of seasoned flour and shake or toss to coat the chicken evenly. 
  10. Second, shake off the excess flour and dip the chicken into the buttermilk mixture.
  11. Third, transfer the chicken to the last bag (or bowl) of flour and shake or toss until it’s very well coated. 
  12. Place the coated chicken into the pre-heated oil, skin-side down, and be careful not to overcrowd the chicken in the oil. You can fry a second batch if need be to avoid overcrowding by frying all the chicken at once. Just make sure the hot oil remains at 350 degrees F.
  13. Cook the chicken pieces for 10 to 12 minutes, occasionally turning to prevent excessive browning.
  14. As the chicken batter turns golden brown, remove it from the hot oil, and allow it to drain in a closed container (to keep the fried chicken warm) with a paper towel under the chicken. 
  15. Serve soul food Southern fried chicken right away, and enjoy!

 

Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

 

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Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken FAQs

What do you serve with soul food Southern fried chicken?

Several soul food recipes are favorites when serving Southern fried chicken. From baked macaroni and cheese to creamy mashed potatoesfried cabbage, Southern coleslaw, or collard greens.

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What sauce goes with Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken?

Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or an afternoon snack, one of these condiments is sure to be a favorite when it comes to Southern fried chicken. 

  • Hot sauce
  • Ranch dressing
  • Pure honey 
  • Honey mustard
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ sauce

 

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How long do you cook this soul food Southern fried chicken recipe?

Deep fry the chicken for 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

If you’re using almond flour for this recipe, keep an eye on the chicken while it’s air frying, as almond flour tends to cook faster than other wheat flour.

 

At what temperature do you cook soul food fried chicken?

The temperature to maintain the hot oil when deep-frying this Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe is 350 degrees F.

 

Why is hot oil important?

Hot oil is essential when preparing fried chicken in a deep fryer, Dutch oven, or skillet because it’s the cooking agent for frying the chicken. It should be maintained at 350 degrees F.

 

Can this be made in an air fryer?

Do air fryers work for soul food Southern fried chicken?

The answer is yes, and you won’t believe how good and crispy chicken can taste when it’s made in an air fryer!

 

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken In The Air Fryer
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Which part of chicken should you use for this Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe?

You can use whatever chicken pieces you like. Whole chicken, half, or just your favorite parts of the chicken – chicken wings, legs, chicken breast, chicken thighs, or drumsticks.

Pro tips: 

  • Some Southern cooks like to use a baking sheet or a large bowl to separate the dark meat and white meat. They dredge the dark meat first, fry, and then dredge the remaining chicken (the white meat) and fry.
  • What else can you use to season the flour? Other Southern fried chicken recipes even call for cornstarch to thicken the batter for extra crunch or hot sauce for more heat!
  • You may also consider a buttermilk brine or buttermilk marinade to tenderize the chicken before frying.

 

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If you’re preparing a Kosher recipe, are there any substitutes for buttermilk?

Milk itself doesn’t add much flavor to your chicken, even when marinating.

You see, marinating chicken in buttermilk is not for flavor – but rather, the acidity is used to tenderize the meat.

So, you can easily substitute water for milk to make this a Kosher recipe (still add the ½ a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar).

You can also use Kosher salt.

 

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What do you think of this Black folks’ soul food Southern fried chicken recipe?

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Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

 

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

What is the secret to good fried chicken?
The answer is a soul food Southern fried chicken recipe that Black folks created and perfected!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks fried chicken recipe, Black folks soul food Southern fried chicken recipe, Black people food, Black people fried chicken recipe, buttermilk fried chicken recipe, soul food, soul food fried chicken, southern food, Southern fried chicken recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 2187kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pieces chicken 6-8 pieces of chicken, or one 3-pound chicken cut into pieces
  • 48 oz peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk ½ cup of buttermilk = ½ cup of milk & ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Pour the peanut oil (preferred) or vegetable oil into a deep fryer, 6-quart skillet, or Dutch oven until the oil is 1-inch deep.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat or until it reaches 350 degrees F.
  • While you’re waiting for the oil to heat up, Place 1 cup of the divided flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper in a medium-size mixing bowl or 1-gallon resealable food storage bag.
  • Shake (or mix) the sealed bag to combine the ingredients for a homemade poultry seasoning, and set the flour mixture aside.
  • Pour the second cup of flour into a second resealable bag (or medium-sized mixing bowl) and set it aside.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg, and set that mixture aside too.
  • Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  • The chicken will go through a 3-step process from here.
  • First, place the chicken in the bag (or bowl) of seasoned flour and shake or toss to coat the chicken evenly.
  • Second, shake off the excess flour and dip the chicken into the buttermilk mixture.
  • Third, transfer the chicken to the last bag (or bowl) of flour and shake or toss until it’s very well coated.
  • Place the coated chicken into the pre-heated oil, skin-side down, and be careful not to overcrowd the chicken in the oil. You can fry a second batch if need be to avoid overcrowding by frying all the chicken at once. Just make sure the hot oil remains at 350 degrees F.
  • Cook the chicken pieces for 10 to 12 minutes, occasionally turning to prevent excessive browning.
  • As the chicken batter turns golden brown, remove it from the hot oil, and allow it to drain in a closed container (to keep the fried chicken warm) with a paper towel under the chicken.
  • Serve soul food Southern fried chicken right away, and enjoy!

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Notes

Pro tips: 
  • Some Southern cooks like to use a baking sheet or a large bowl to separate the dark meat and white meat. They dredge the dark meat first, fry, and then dredge the remaining chicken (the white meat) and fry.
  • What else can you use to season the flour? Other Southern fried chicken recipes even call for cornstarch to thicken the batter for extra crunch or hot sauce for more heat!
  • You may also consider a buttermilk brine or buttermilk marinade to tenderize the chicken before frying.
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe Card

Nutrition

Calories: 2187kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 229g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 73g | Monounsaturated Fat: 105g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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Nutrition Facts
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
2187
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
229
g
352
%
Saturated Fat
 
39
g
244
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
73
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
105
g
Cholesterol
 
30
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
615
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
105
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
133
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Susan
    December 15, 2021 / 1:16 am

    5 stars
    Yummy!

  2. December 22, 2021 / 5:31 pm

    5 stars
    I will be trying this recipe because my fried chicken is not it just doesn’t come out good at all I really need this thanks

    • December 23, 2021 / 11:40 am

      Aww, G/Ma! I’m so glad this recipe has come in handy for you!

  3. Cyrene
    February 21, 2022 / 1:28 pm

    5 stars
    I’m going to print and save this recipe for future use!

    • February 22, 2022 / 8:13 pm

      5 stars
      Great! Please share a pic when you make this soul food Southern fried chicken recipe.

  4. stephen bradley
    March 8, 2022 / 6:12 am

    5 stars
    While I have not tried it yet, I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for all the effort to help all those people who love fried chicken like me….thanks again.

    • March 11, 2022 / 5:08 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you’re inspired to make this soul food Southern fried chicken recipe.

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