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Phil's Southern Fried Chicken

3.5/5 rating (50 votes)
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Ready in: 45 mins in total
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Phil's Southern Fried Chicken



Join me today as I create southern fried chicken that's just as tasty as that well know place, you know the one I mean!

This really is finger licking good!


  • 8 large chicken thighs, bone in and skin off
  • 220mls buttermilk or yogurt
  • 1 level tbsp table salt
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 level tsp cayenne pepper
  • 225g plain flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 150ml cold water, approx.
  • sunflower or safflower oil, to fry

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  • TM FC Southern Fried ChickenPlace the chicken legs into a bowl and add the buttermilk or yogourt and salt and mix well, leave 1 hour best overnight if you can.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C gas 6.Place the oregano, thyme, cumin, peppers and flour into a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Whisk the eggs together with the water. 
  • Take the chicken thighs out of the buttermilk and wipe off the excess.
  • Place the left over buttermilk into eggs and water and whisk well.
  • Dip each thigh into the flour and spice mixture to lightly dust, remove from the flour and place on one side.
  • Then dip each piece of floured chicken in the egg mixture, shake off any excess then put back into the flour mixture to coat - it’s best to do this stage one piece at a time, otherwise you’ll get very messy!!
  • Heat a pan of vegetable oil about 2-3cm deep to about 175°C, or when a piece of bread browns within 30 seconds when popped in.
  • Add 4 chicken thighs and fry for 4-5 minutes then carefully turn over and cook on the other side until golden brown - the oil should only come just halfway up the sides of the chicken
  • Place a wire rack onto a baking tray, then place the browned chicken on the wire rack.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  • The smell will be really tempting, but try to resist because they’ll burn your mouth if you eat them straight away!

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