Skillet-Fried Chicken

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  • 00:25Prep Time
  • 00:35Cook Time


  • 2 Tbsp. Johnny’s Seasoning Salt, divided
  • 2 tsp. and 1 Tbsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 3–4-lb. chicken, cut into 10 pieces, backbone and wing tips removed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Peanut oil (for frying)


  1. Whisk 1 Tbsp. Johnny’s Seasoning Salt, 2 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl.
  2. Season chicken with spices. Place chicken in a medium bowl, cover, and chill overnight.
  3. Let chicken stand covered at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Whisk buttermilk, egg, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl. Whisk flour, cornstarch, remaining 1 Tbsp. Johnny’s Seasoning Salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper in a 9x13x2″ baking dish.
  5. Pour oil into a 10″–12″ cast-iron skillet or another heavy straight-sided skillet (not nonstick) to a depth of 3/4″.
  6. Prop deep-fry thermometer in oil so bulb is submerged. Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 350°.
  7. Meanwhile, set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet.
  8. Working with 1 piece at a time (use 1 hand for wet ingredients and the other for dry ingredients), dip chicken in buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Dredge in flour mixture; tap against bowl to shake off excess.
  9. Place 5 pieces of chicken in skillet. Fry chicken, turning with tongs every 1–2 minutes and adjusting heat to maintain a steady temperature of 300°–325°, until skin is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165°, about 10 minutes for wings and 12 minutes for thighs, legs, and breasts.
  10. Using tongs, remove chicken from skillet, allowing excess oil to drip back into skillet; transfer chicken to prepared rack.
  11. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces; let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  12. Serve warm.

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