Neely Family Spicy Fried Chicken

74 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofThe Neelys

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

Yield: 8 servings

Level: Easy



  • 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


  • 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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74 Ratings

David F.
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. See All Reviews Post Review

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