Mahogany Fried Chicken

Why not try marinating the chicken overnight in buttermilk? This keeps it extra tender and juicy. The pieces will quickly brown in a skillet, but wait for that mahogany finish. You’ll have finger-lickin’ fried chicken in no time.

Makes: 6 servings || Takes: 30 Minutes


1 quart buttermilk

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Two 2 1/2-pound fryer chickens, cut into 8 pieces

2 cups all-purpose flour

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Vegetable oil, for frying


Stir together buttermilk and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper in a large bowl; add chicken, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

In a large brown paper bag, combine flour with remaining 1 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper; shake to combine. One at a time, place chicken pieces in the bag; shake to coat. Place coated pieces on a clean plate or tray.

In a large skillet, heat 2 inches oil to 350 degrees. Using tongs, add chicken one piece at a time, being careful to not overcrowd pan. Fry, turning every 3 to 4 minutes, until deep mahogany in color, about 18 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet, and drain on a brown paper bag. Serve hot, warm, or cold.