Classic Southern Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is perfectly delicious for entertaining or for a quiet meal at home with the family.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 3 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 chicken (6 lbs.), cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 cups corn flour
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. wheat-free baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1⁄2 cup wheat-free, buckwheat beer
  • 1 1⁄2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups vegetable oil


  • Rinse the chicken pieces and dry on paper towels, then place in a resealable plastic bag with the buttermilk and marinate for 3 hours.
  • In a large paper bag, mix together the corn flour, garlic, salt, pepper, and baking powder. Add the chicken pieces to the corn flour mixture one at a time, then close the bag and shake until the chicken is well coated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and beer together. Spread the cornmeal on a large piece of waxed paper. Dip the chicken in the beaten egg/beer mixture. Then roll in the cornmeal, pressing it down into the mixture.
  • Bring oil to 365°F in a fryer or a frying pan. Fry the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes, turning every 4–5 minutes. Watch the chicken carefully to make sure that it doesn’t burn. Drain on paper towels.