Neely Family Spicy Fried Chicken

Total Time:
2 hr 35 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (2 1/2-pounds) fryer chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a casserole dish. In a nonreactive bowl, mix buttermilk, hot sauce and cayenne. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours.

Preheat a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

Into a large paper bag, measure the flour, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika, and salt and pepper. Shake off excess buttermilk mixture and place the chicken, a few pieces at a time, into the bake and shake to dredge.

Place the chicken into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes for white meat and 13 to 15 for dark meat. Remove from the fryer onto a paper towel lined sheet tray and season with salt and pepper.


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For those of you saying this is too bland you didn't add enough salt and pepper to your brine liquid (buttermilk in this recipe) The butter milk has to be a little on the salty side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe, very easy to adjust to taste, very tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great chicken recipe. Moist and juicy with a "kick" of heat as Gena would say. I love the Neelys and I miss them on the Food Network. Why are Neelys off the network in CA. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I added some corn starch to the dredge for a little lighter and really crispy coating. Next time I will add some more cayenne for a little more heat. This is the best fried chicken we've made at home yet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! My teenage son love anything spicy. Me, not so much. This recipe is the perfect inbetween for the two of us. The buttermilk makes the chicken so tender and I love anything as easy as this is to prepare. This is my go-to fried chicken recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! im 14 years old and i made this recipe for my family and THEY LOVED IT!!!! i totally ecommend making this for someone who loves spice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree that it's crispy and tender but definately not spicy at all. Sooo the next time I made it I upped the hot sauce and cayenne in the buttermilk and let it soak all day. When I made the flour mixture I also poured about a 1/4 cup of cayenne in it. Much better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the crispy skin and it came out very juicy, but it didn't have much flavor to it. I followed the recipe exactly how it was written. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very bland. (I always follow a new recipe exactly the first time I make it. I love to watch the Neely's and wanted to "like" this - but it's just not flavorful. Recommend you try another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This recipe was very delicious! My husband literally keptmsaying this is so good with every bite he took! the crispy skin and amaing juiciness of the chicken makes this dish a winner :- item not reviewed by moderator and published

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