chicken recipes

The BEST Chicken Fried Chicken



For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Gravy:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, combine buttermilk and hot sauce. Add the chicken breasts, ensuring they are fully coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for the best flavor.
  2. Prepare the Coating:
    • In a shallow dish, mix together flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Coat the Chicken:
    • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, letting excess drip off. Dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring an even coating. Press the flour onto the chicken to help it adhere.
  4. Heat the Oil:
    • In a large skillet, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350-375°F (175-190°C).
  5. Fry the Chicken:
    • Carefully place the coated chicken into the hot oil, frying each side until golden brown and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  6. Make the Gravy:
    • In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour to create a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
    • Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, ensuring no lumps form. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve:
    • Once the chicken is done, place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Serve the Chicken Fried Chicken with the homemade gravy on top.
  8. Garnish:
    • Optionally, garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and flavor.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Chicken Fried Chicken with creamy gravy!