Easy Fried Chicken

5 from 132 votes
Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

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

FLOUR + CORNSTARCH + BAKING POWDER
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!)

MILK BRINE
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

CRAGGILY BITS
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!

OIL TEMPERATURE
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).

INTERNAL TEMPERATURE
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!

Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
5 from 132 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!

Ingredients 

Chicken

Seasoning Mix

Wet Batter

  • 1 cup seasoning mix
  • 1 cup water, cold

Neutral oil for frying

    Instructions 

    • 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.

    Nutrition

    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
    Tried this recipe?Mention @cj.eats_ or tag #cjeatsrecipes!

    About CJ

    I’m a third generation Chinese-American home cook who has always loved cooking & eating! Welcome to my food blog, where you can find trusted, tested, easy & approachable recipes for the everyday home cook that taste delicious! I am so glad you're here!

    You May Also Like:

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating




    55 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I’m excited to get cooking with these recipes 😀 the food looks wonderful 👍🏼 Thank you for sharing 🙋‍♀️

    2. Thanks Cj! This is the best and most crispy and moist fried chicken I’ve ever made I made it once and making again today had to look for the recipe and got it saved this time thank you

    3. 5 stars
      I made this Fried Chicken recipe and my whole entire family
      absolutely LOVED it.. I will definitely be making this again..

      1. Hi Michelle! I haven’t fully tested an air fryer version of this recipe yet. I do have many air fryer fried chicken recipes on the site, however. I’d suggest trying my air fryer chicken karaage or air fryer chicken katsu – both have two different methods that work well in the air fryer that you could apply to this chicken and adjust the cooking time.

    4. The best recipe that I have ever come across.
      It was easy to follow. The chicken was crunchy and nice.
      Will definitely make it again.
      Thank you for sharing

    5. Yesterday was my son’s birthday. I came across this recipe when I was looking for a crispy chicken recipe. I made the chicken with some minor changes because some of the ingredients were not available.

      I have never such crispy chicken before.
      The family loved it.
      I will definitely be making this dish again

    6. I’ve made fried chicken plenty of times in my life and this is the best by far! I had already started the chicken brining before I found this recipe, that that part differed slightly, but the coating and method I used this recipe. It was perfect! My kids were saying I should open up a restaurant! Haha! Definitely worth making!

      1. Thanks so much, Sheena! I’m so glad your kids loved it too! Please give the recipe a 5 star rating if you haven’t already – it really helps out the blog!

    7. 5 stars
      I’ll never use another fried chicken recipe!!! I added a little paprika to the dry mix and Tabasco to the brine…it was so juicy and amazing. Thanks CJ!

    8. Easy, eh maybe but the list of ingredients was a bit much for me. I made this but mixed it up.
      Used pickle juice for the brine and only 30 minutes, didn’t use anything else.
      For the seasoning I substituted rice flour and added smoked paprika.
      Turned out great!! Crispiest chicken I’ve ever made. My husband who normally says nothing about fried chicken said he really liked the breading.

      1. Great substitutions! I’m glad the dredging method and other spices worked out for you – thanks for trying the recipe!

    9. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe CJ 🙂
      Followed the recipe to the letter and it was delicious! So simple and easy to make. My kids and I agree is the best fried chicken ever.