Spicy Fried Chicken Recipe: How to Make It

Ingredients (Servings: 6-8)

  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces 
  • 1 quart buttermilk 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/3 cup water 
  • 1 cup hot sauce 
  • 4 cups flour 
  • 2 tsp pepper 
  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 
  • Peanut oil, for frying 


  1. Place the cut-up chicken in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over it. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-8 hours. The longer the better but it will still be good if you don’t have much time. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and hot sauce. 
  3. In a gallon zip-lock bag, mix the flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. 
  4. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. 
  5. Place all of the chicken pieces into the zip lock bag with the flour mixture and shake until all pieces are coated. 
  6. Remove chicken, one piece at a time, shaking off the excess flour. 
  7. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then return each piece to the flour mixture. 
  8. After all the pieces are back in the flour bag, shake it up really well a second time until the chicken is coated again. 
  9. Heat peanut oil in a deep pan or deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
  10. Working in batches, drop each piece of covered chicken into the hot oil. 
  11. Fry for 15-20 minutes each, turning occasionally if you aren’t using a deep fryer.

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