Better than KFC Fried Chicken

This Better than KFC Fried Chicken is crispy and flavor-packed.  It’s brined for 24 hours.  From there, it’s layered with spiced breading and brine, creating a flavor profile that will get people talking!  

The beauty of this recipe is that the chicken stays crispy even after it’s cooled in the refrigerator overnight.  This makes it the perfect take-along food for picnics and boating.  You’ll be asked to bring this again and again it’s that good.


Fried Chicken on a white serving platter with blue braiding around the edges. There are two ceramic lemons with leaves in each cover as well as a round sauce bowl attached to the plate.
Fried Chicken on a white serving platter with blue braiding around the edges. There are two ceramic lemons with leaves in each cover as well as a round sauce bowl attached to the plate.

Better than KFC Fried Chicken

Foodie de Froid
Servings 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
This is crispy flavor-packed fried chicken. The recipe name came from the first thing my husband said the first time he tried it. It's now our go-to recipe for fried chicken.
5 from 1 vote



  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups pickle juice
  • ½ cups Franks red hot
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika


  • 3 lbs chicken legs or 1 cutup chicken


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup potato flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 3 ts baking powder
  • 1 TB kosher salt
  • 1 TB celery salt
  • 1 TB black pepper
  • 1 TB dry mustard powder
  • 3 TB paprika
  • 1 TB garlic powder


  • Peanut Oil 2 inches deep in pan


  • Combine brine ingredients in a large strong plastic bag. Place chicken in bag and set the bag in a large bowl or pan in the lower shelf of your refrigerator. Brine chicken in liquid for 24 hours.
    3 cups buttermilk, 2 cups pickle juice, ½ cups Franks red hot, 1 tbsp Smoked paprika, 3 lbs chicken legs or 1 cutup chicken
  • Combine the breading ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
    1 cup all purpose flour, ½ cup potato flour, ½ cup brown rice flour, 3 ts baking powder, 1 TB kosher salt, 1 TB celery salt, 1 TB black pepper, 1 TB dry mustard powder, 3 TB paprika, 1 TB garlic powder
  • Remove the chicken from the brine. Pour the brining liquid into a measuring cup. Pat the chicken to very dry.
  • Roll the chicken pieces one at a time in the breading. Dip back into the brining liquid in the cup. Tap off the excess liquid. Then roll the chicken back into the breading. Put a few teaspoons of liquid on the breading to create texture as you pat it onto the pieces. Press hard with your fingers to adhere the breading to the chicken.
  • Deep fry in batches at 325 °F for 15 minutes or until the center of the chicken is 165 °F. Keep warm in a 200 °F oven. Serve.
    Peanut Oil


Warm:  These chicken pieces can be wrapped in paper and put into a thermal cooler/warmer to keep them food-safe for picnics and boating.   
Cold:  Place the chicken in the refrigerator to cool overnight.  They are delicious and crispy when cold and can be taken to picnics and boating by using a cooler with ice.  
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Calories 3357


Serving: 16gCalories: 3357kcalCarbohydrates: 311gProtein: 180gFat: 160gSaturated Fat: 49gPolyunsaturated Fat: 31gMonounsaturated Fat: 61gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 801mgSodium: 27672mgPotassium: 4287mgFiber: 31gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 12280IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 1958mgIron: 20mg
Keyword fried chicken
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De Froid Tip: Picnic and Boating Food Vessels

Picnics and Boating are fun!  You can step up your food presentation with take-out boxes and baskets with brightly colored waxed paper.  Toss them right into your beach bag and pull them out when you’re ready to serve.  

This brings a celebration vibe to the day, creating memorable moments for your humans.  It also provides an excellent vessel for summer side salads like coleslaw and potato salad.

Cleanup Tip:  Toss a kitchen garbage bag in your tote too!  Hang it on a boat cleat or a tree limb.  This makes for easy clean-up.  Just grab the load on the way out, and you’re done.

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