Easy Fried Chicken

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Who doesn’t love crispy, juicy fried chicken? I’ve made tons of different variations over the years and this Easy Fried Chicken is simply that – the easiest way to make juicy, crispy fried chicken with only one simple seasoning mix (no need to do all the separate dredging steps with egg)! And the best part is – it’s super delicious!

Watch the Easy Fried Chicken Recipe Video Below!

Brining the chicken in milk and spices is the secret to flavorful, juicy chicken!

Ingredient Tips

My not-so-secret tip to the best fried chicken is a combination of FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, and BAKING POWDER. When mixed with the flour, the cornstarch makes the flour coating crispier and gives it that golden brown color! (It has to do with prevention of gluten development.) The baking powder reacts with the oil and creates tiny air bubbles, which also helps form a crispy coating. Traditionally, some cooks will recommend using sparkling water or egg but I think my mix works even better (and saves you time & extra steps!)

The lactic acid in dairy breaks down the proteins and collagen in the chicken, which softens the flesh and will make it more tender when cooked. By piercing the chicken, you’re allowing the dairy to reach farther in and tenderize more of the meat! If you don’t have milk, water brining is still better than nothing. (Brining is optional but I always recommend it, if you have the time!)

Recipe Tips

Make sure to spoon some of the leftover brine to your seasoning mix (flour/cornstarch/baking powder) and rub them together to create the craggily bits we all love! They’ll stick to the chicken and create the perfect texture!

Do not let your frying oil drop below 325F when frying! I highly recommend you use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. If you see it dropping below 325F, fry your chicken in batches, as it is likely due to crowding. Frying at a low temperature will result in too much moisture (AKA SOGGY).

I highly recommend you use a meat thermometer to check your chicken once fried – you want the internal temp to be at 165F. Undercooked chicken can lead to food poisoning, so always err on the side of caution!

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5 from 175 votes

Easy Fried Chicken

Servings: 6
Prep: 3 hours
Cook: 15 minutes
Easy Fried Chicken on a plate
The easiest fried chicken that's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! My 2 step dredging uses a wet batter to save time!



Seasoning Mix

Wet Batter

  • 1 cup seasoning mix
  • 1 cup water, cold

Neutral oil for frying


    • Pierce chicken carefully with a knife and brine with whole milk (or water), salt, garlic, black peppercorns, and bay leaves. Brine for 2-3 hours or overnight for best results.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, kosher salt, white pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and baking powder and whisk until combined.
    • Take 1 cup of your seasoning mix and combine in a separate bowl with cold water and mix until smooth.
    • Remove the chicken from the brine and spoon a few tablespoons of brine into the seasoning mix and rub together with your hands to create small clumps. These craggily bits will add extra texture to the chicken.
    • Dip each piece of chicken in the wet batter and let any excess drip off. Immediately dredge in seasoning mix and press the mix into the chicken until completely coated. Let rest on a baking sheet while you heat up your oil.
    • In a large cast iron pan, dutch oven, or heavy bottomed pan/wok, fry chicken at 350F for 8-12 minutes (depending on size of the chicken) until the internal temperature reads 165F.


    Calories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 108gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 10506mgPotassium: 402mgFiber: 11gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 4163IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 365mgIron: 6mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Additional Info

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
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    1. Our family loves fried chicken- THIS recipe is goldddd! Follow his recommendations with oil temp and the clumping of the flour/dough and it is perfection!!

    2. 5 stars
      I have tried your fried chicken that is fried twice and this one, both of these recipes are good and this definitely saves time

    3. 5 stars
      Reminds me of KFC, but even better. This chicken turned out so moist and didn’t take as long as I expected to make. I’ll definitely be making this again when I’m craving some delicious chicken.

    4. 5 stars
      This is better than KFC and much healthier without all the extra sodium . The crags were something I had never done before and it certainly made my chicken the crispiest I’ve ever fried. 5 stars for this great recipe.