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Crispy Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

by Khushi Hossain
Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Hello Fried Chicken lovers! You are searching for an amazing combination- Chicken and buttermilk. I have tried so many buttermilk fried chicken. But nothing can beat the southern-style Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe. It is an Afro-American dish that is best known for its spicy flavor. Soaking chicken in buttermilk makes it tenderized and adds extra flavor to it. 

The cooking process is quite similar to the other buttermilk chicken fries. But it has a unique taste because of using garlic powder, onion powder, herbs, and cayenne pepper while seasoning the flour. Unique seasoning blend with Louisiana traditional hot sauce has made fried chicken one of the tastiest courses. 

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Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

The Southern cuisines are famous for their spicy and delicious taste. They often take subsidies with buttermilk fried chicken. To me, cornbread and coleslaw get amazing with spicy fried chicken. 

Besides, they love to have mashed potato and fried chicken at dinner. You can try your favorite dish with the chicken. I tried mac and cheese and rice with buttermilk fried chicken. It gave me a delightful meal. For a casual party, the dish can be enjoyed with different types of drinks and juice. 

Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 244 calories 4 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 6 voted )


  1. 3 pound Whole Chicken, cut into 8 to 9 pieces 
  2. 2 cups Buttermilk
  3. 1 ½ cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
  4. 2 cups Flour
  5. 4 cups Canola Oil for frying
  6. 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  7. ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  8. ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  9. ¾ tablespoon Dijon Spicy Mustard
  10. ½ teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper 
  11. 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  12. ½ teaspoon Paprika
  13. 2 teaspoons Celery Salt
  14.  ½ tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  15. ½ teaspoon Rosemary
  16. ½ teaspoon Ground Oregano
  17. ½ teaspoon Dried Thyme 
  18. ½ teaspoon Dried Sage

Ingredients for Louisiana Hot Sauce

  1. ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  2. 1 teaspoon Salt
  3. 1 tablespoon White wine vinegar
  4. ½ Cup Melted Unsalted Butter
  5. 1 ½ Cups Chicken broth
  6. 2 tablespoon Flour
  7. 1 tablespoon Finely Chopped Green pepper
  8. ½  tablespoon Chopped Onion 


Step 1: Marinate and Season the Chicken

Take a large chicken and cut them into 8 to 9 pieces. Wash the chicken and remove dark spots or dirt. Wipe out the chicken pieces. For this step, you can use a plastic zip bag or a mixing bowl.

Pour 2 cups of buttermilk. Then combine the buttermilk with 1 teaspoon of Celery salt,  ¾ tablespoon of Dijon spicy mustard, ½ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, and ½ cup of hot sauce.  Mix well with a beater. Toss the chicken into the buttermilk mixture. If you are putting the chicken into a plastic zip bag, shake the bag well. Your chicken must get fully coated with a buttermilk mixture.

Covering the chicken, let it rest for at least one hour in a refrigerator.

Step 2: Prepare Flour with Seasoning Mixture

While the chicken is resting, take another plastic zip bag or a mixing bowl again. Place 2 cups of flour into it. Then add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of onion powder, ½ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of paprika, 2 teaspoons of celery salt,  ½ tablespoon of cajun seasoning½ teaspoon of rosemary, ½ teaspoon of ground oregano, ½ teaspoon of dried thyme, ½ teaspoon of dried sage to the flour.  Using a hand beater, mix all the ingredients.

Or you can shake the bag if you are using a plastic bag. 

Step 3: Coat and Dip the Chicken Pieces to Fry

Remove the chicken pieces from the refrigerator. Dip the chicken pieces one by one into the flour and spice mixture. Shake the bowl or the bag to ensure the chicken gets fully coated. Flip the chicken pieces. Then place all the chicken on a rack or a strainer. 

Step 4: Deep Fry the Chicken in Louisiana Style

In a large skillet or a deep fryer, pour 2-inch deep vegetable oil or canola oil. Heat the oil on a high flame until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature before starting cooking.  Then low down the flame and consciously add the chicken pieces to the oil one by one.

It will start bubbling. Don’t flip until the lower part of the chicken gets hard. After a while, use a thong to flip the chicken pieces and let it fry for 10 minutes on a medium flame.  When the chicken is fully fried, it will turn brown and come up with a nice fragrance. Remove the chicken from the oil and place on a serving plate. Use a paper towel to remove the extra oil. 

Step 5: Prepare Louisiana Hot Sauce

Melt unsalted butter in a saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped green pepper, ½  tablespoon of chopped onion to the butter. Fry them for a while.  Then add 2 tablespoons of flour and incorporate with the melted butter. Stir flour until it forms a paste. Then pour some chicken broth.

Don’t pour all the chicken broth at a time. Use a little amount of it and mix it with the flour and butter paste.  Add ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, 1 teaspoon Salt, and 1 tablespoon White wine vinegar sequentially.  You can add some tomato hot sauce though it is not mentioned in the recipe ingredients.

Stir the whole mixture until it reaches a thick texture. When it forms like a paste, remove it from the pan and pour it into a sauce cup. 

Step 6: Season, Serve, and Enjoy

Garnish the deep-fried chicken pieces with mentioned herbs and black pepper. Place the sauce cup with Louisiana hot pepper sauce on the middle of the plate. Serve and enjoy the authentic Louisiana buttermilk fried chicken. 

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The Secret Tips For Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Frying a buttermilk chicken is easy, but for the perfect look, it is difficult. That’s why I am giving some secret tips that I use often. And guess what? These work and satisfy me every time I cook the dish. Here are the tips for you:

  • You should brine the chicken before marinating. Dissolve a good number of salt or sugar in the water. Let the chicken soak in the water.
  • The more you give time to marination, the more tender and juicier the chicken will be. Consider marinating the chicken overnight.
  • Seasoning the flour makes the chicken tastier. So add different types of spice powder to the flour.
  • You can use a double-coating process for the chicken to get it crispier.  

Frequently Asked Question

How to serve Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken authentically and traditionally?

Traditionally, it is mainly served with Louisiana hot pepper sauce. Herbs and spices can be used to garnish the chicken. Don’t forget to put a paper towel under the chicken fry to drain the oil. The chicken pieces here should be bone-in and skin-off. You can also serve the fried chicken with coleslaw, biscuits, or mashed potato. 

What types of flour are best for deep frying?

All-purpose flour is considered the best flour for deep frying. But I recommend combining two or more flour to get a crispier fried chicken. Most of the time, I mix cornstarch and tempura powder with all-purpose flour. If you are searching for the crispiest chicken recipe, you can check the Delicious Corn Flour Fried Chicken recipe. Besides, plain flour is good to go with deep frying. If you are health conscious, I would recommend using coconut flour as an alternative to all-purpose flour. 

Are there any healthier alternatives to deep frying for buttermilk fried chicken?

Definitely yes! Several alternative ways take less oil and give the same taste as deep frying. Oven baking and air frying can be a good option. Another two options I also found are to grill or pan-fry the chicken. All these options give you a lighter and less oily chicken full of taste. 

How long should the chicken be kept marinated?

Keeping marinated overnight is best for buttermilk fried chicken. If you are in a hurry, I would suggest keeping it marinated for at least one hour. Keep the chicken in a refrigerator if you are going to keep it resting overnight. 

Which type of Chicken Piece is best for Loisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken?

Drumsticks and wings are the best fit for buttermilk fried chicken. These chickens should be bone-in. As a snack or supper, small chicken wings or drumsticks suits very well. You can check Fried Chicken Wings without Flour.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to add some Southern flavor to your kitchen, this Louisiana Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe is just what you need. The crispy exterior and juicy interior make it a crowd-pleaser at any meal. Whether you’re cooking for family or friends, this recipe is sure to impress. If you want to explore more delicious recipes like this one, be sure to check out our other blogs for more inspiration.

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