buttermilk fried chicken breasts
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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Here is how to make buttermilk fried chicken! Soak chicken breasts in buttermilk, dip in flour coating and then fry in a pan for tender, juicy chicken.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time5 hrs 40 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk chicken, chicken dinner, comfort food, fried chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Julie Clark


Buttermilk Soak

  • 2 1/3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cups buttermilk

Flour Coating

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or less, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Buttermilk Dip

  • 1 cup buttermilk

For Frying

  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or your favorite oil)


Prepare the Chicken

  • The chicken breasts we used were large (3 chicken breasts = 2 1/3 pounds). If the chicken breasts you are using are also large cut them in half to get 6 pieces.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a zippered bag. Use the side of a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken breasts to 1/2" thickness throughout so they cook evenly.

To Soak the Chicken

  • Plan for at least 8 hours of marinating the chicken. 
  • Place the chicken in a glass bowl and pour enough buttermilk over them to just cover them. We used about 2-3 cups of buttermilk.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 8 hours up to 48 hours.

For the Flour Coating

  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch and spices. Mix well.

Coat the Chicken

  • Pour 1 cup of buttermilk into a bowl.
  • Take a piece of chicken from the buttermilk soak and allow it to drip for a few seconds.
  • Place the chicken in the flour mixture and turn to coat.
  • Dip the chicken in the bowl of buttermilk.
  • Coat one last time with flour.
  • Place the chicken on a plate to rest. The chicken should rest for 20 minutes before frying.

Fry the Chicken

  • Heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, place the chicken in the frying pan and allow it to cook for 6 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken to cook on the other side and cook until the chicken is no longer pink inside, about another 4-6 minutes (depending on thickness). When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the chicken is done.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate lined with paper towels so excess grease can drip off. Allow the chicken to sit for 5 minutes before serving because it will be very hot inside!  



The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 pieces of chicken, with 1 serving being 1 piece of chicken.  Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 981mg | Potassium: 690mg | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.8mg