Buttermilk Fried Chicken

"Try this Gordon Ramsay's buttermilk fried chicken recipe, or contribute your own. 500 ml buttermilk 300 grams flour"
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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Neutral oil, for frying
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Step 1

    Place the chicken in a bowl, add the buttermilk and a good pinch of salt and mix well. Cover with cling film and chill overnight, or for at least 30 minutes. Bring back to room temperature before cooking.

  • Step 2

    Once ready to cook, pour 1/2 inch oil into a heavy-based sauté pan or hob-proof casserole dish. Place over a medium heat until the oil reaches 340ºF or a cube of bread dropped into the oil sizzles and turns brown after 30 seconds.

  • Step 3

    Put the flour on a plate and mix with the spices and a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, shaking off any excess, then dip in the flour, making sure all sides are coated.

  • Step 4

    Fry the chicken in a single layer (you might need to do it in batches), turning constantly for 25–30 minutes, until evenly golden. Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm.

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