Southern Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 10
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A low-fat Southern fried chicken? Yes! That's compared to other fried chicken recipes, not celery sticks! By using skinless chicken thighs, a low-fat buttermilk coating, and frying quickly in hot oil, this Southern fried chicken is significantly lower in fat than the traditional fried chicken recipes.


What You'll Need

  • 10 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • canola or​ 
  • peanut oil, for frying

How to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the chicken, buttermilk, paprika, cayenne, and half the salt and black pepper. Mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.
  2. Add the flour, and remaining salt and black pepper, to a baking dish. Using tongs, remove the chicken, 2-3 pieces at a time and coat well in the seasoned flour. Be sure to press the flour into the meat cover completely. Shake off excess and reserve on a baking sheet.
  1. When all the chicken is dredged in the flour, add about an inch of oil to a heavy frying pan. Over medium-high flame, heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Test by dropping a small piece of​ the coating from the chicken into the oil. The coating will bubble and begin to fry. Add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes per side, until the outside is browned and the meat is cooked through. Serve immediately, or hold in a warm oven if doing in batches.