Whole Fried Chicken: A Classic Comfort Dish with a Big Flavor

Fried chicken is one of those special dishes that can evoke a sense of nostalgia with any bite. Every culture has their own way of preparing it, but Whole Fried Chicken remains one of the most popular variations. Not only is it easy to make, but it has a big flavor to match its grand appearance.


To make Whole Fried Chicken, you’ll need:

• 1 Whole Fryer Chicken
• 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
• 2 teaspoons Salt
• 2 teaspoons Paprika
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 cup Canola Oil


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.

3. Combine flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper in a large bowl.

4. Place chicken in a bowl and pour buttermilk over it, making sure to get it evenly coated.

5. Working one at a time, take chicken pieces and coat them in the flour mixture, patting firmly to make sure the flour stays on.

6. Place butter and canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

7. Place chicken into skillet, making sure not to overcrowd.

8. Fry for 10 minutes, then turn over and fry for 10 minutes more.

9. Place the finished pieces onto a foil-lined baking sheet and finish in the oven for 30 minutes.

Final Presentation

Plating Whole Fried Chicken can be a bit of a challenge. For a truly impressive presentation, I recommend arranging the chicken on a large platter or wooden board, then topping with toasted sesame seeds and a sprinkle of parsley for garnish. Serve with your favorite side dishes — macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and broccoli all work great — and a big bowl of warm gravy for a classic home-style meal.

Whole Fried Chicken is a comfort food classic, but it’s also great for special occasions. It’s simple to make and has that wow factor that will make all your guests feel like they’re getting a truly special meal. Whether you choose to fry, bake, or oven roast your chicken, one thing is certain — it’ll taste delicious.