Mama Clarina’s Fried Chicken

For the chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast; cut into 4-5 pieces and pounded thin (1 cm or less)
  • Vegetable oil; as needed

For the buttermilk soak:

  • 1 cup real buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder

For the dredge:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Fresh cracked pepper; as desired
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt

In a small stainless steel bowl combine all ingredients for the soak and whisk rapidly until all spices are well combined. Add chicken and let soak for 10 minutes-1 hour. In another small bowl combine all dredge ingredients and mix well. Remove chicken from soak and dredge in flour piece by piece. Set dredged pieces on a cooling rack. Add about 1 inch of vegetable oil to a deep pot and heat on medium high until oil reaches 425 degrees. Using tongs, carefully place chicken in pot and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve as soon as its cool enough to eat!