Southern classic fried chicken without buttermilk. Crispy southern fried chicken with just the right amount of seasoning. Then, tossed in a bed of seasoned flour and fried up to golden brown perfection! Sign me up, please!


What Makes Creating Southern Classic Fried Chicken WorthWhile?

Quick and Easy- Southern classic fried chicken without buttermilk has been around for a while. There is no secret that it is the faster way to enjoy some delicious dairy-free fried chicken. So, if this is your first time trying chicken, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered.

No Buttermilk-  you don’t need this ingredient to make a delicious fried chicken recipe. Simple ingredients are what I love about this recipe. Buttermilk isn’t always available.

 Juiciest Southern Fried chicken- the cooking time on this Southern fried chicken without buttermilk is timed just right for juicy meat.

Variety of Meats- I used chicken thighs, but you can use different types of chicken meat, such as chicken breast and chicken tenders. I will get creative with some ideas for this easy fried chicken recipe below.

Ingredients for this Southern Classic fried chicken without buttermilk


The ingredients are kept to a minimum. I am super excited to bring this recipe to you. Enough of my yapping. Let me give you these ingredients for this fried chicken recipe without buttermilk or eggs.

Chicken drumsticks- This is one of the main pieces of chicken I used along with chicken thighs. You don’t have to use chicken drumsticks and thighs, though, my friend. More on this later in the post.

Seasonings- garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper are what I used to make that crispy crust. These seasonings are the ultimate game changer and give the chicken a tremendous amount of flavor.

Vegetable Oil- Hot oil is one of the main things you will need. Ensure that you have enough oil for frying. Any excess oil can be stored for later use.

All-Purpose Flour- The mixture of flour I used is simple. You will add the seasonings listed above. This is the key ingredient to getting your good old Southern meal right.

Honey Mustard- I almost always enjoy my fried chicken with honey mustard if I’m eating it by itself. I mean, who doesn’t love a good dip, right?! This step is entirely optional.

See the full recipe card below for all the ingredients and measurements.

How to make fried chicken without buttermilk?

Preheat your vegetable oil to 350 degrees F.


2. Clean, wash, pat dry, then season your meat well.


Add your chicken to a bag of seasoned flour or separate bowl and shake well. Remove the chicken pieces from the bag and shake off any excess flour.


Place into grease for 15 minutes or until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees. Golden brown on the outside doesn’t mean done. After complete frying, sit chicken for 5 minutes and enjoy with a dip such as honey mustard or drizzle some hot sauce over your Southern fried chicken without buttermilk.

no buttermilk fried chicken


Fried Chicken Sandwich- Enjoy a flavorful fried chicken sandwich by adding your favorite toppings and condiments.

Canola oil- Frying oil options include canola oil, peanut oil, or even organic cold-pressed avocado oil for a healthier twist.

What equipment do you need?

You will need a deep pot to make this recipe. I used the handy cast iron dutch oven that I got from Amazon. You are also going to need a grease thermometer for frying the chicken at the correct temperature. That’s pretty much all you will need for this recipe!


I want to start off by saying that this classic fried chicken recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Once you have this chicken nicely fried, have some leftovers to store. You can then store them in an airtight container or a Ziplock bag or wrap in aluminum foil and place them in the refrigerator.

Common Questions

What to serve with fried chicken without buttermilk?

Consider serving the fried chicken with green beans, honey butter cornbread, cabbage, or even mac and cheese as a side dish for a wholesome meal.

How to reheat chicken

You can reheat leftover fried chicken in so many different ways. You can warm the chicken in the microwave, oven, or even the air fryer. For the microwave, you will need to place your Southern classic fried chicken in the microwave for one minute. For the air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees, then place the chicken into the air fryer, making sure not to overcrowd the chicken. Allow to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and enjoy. The same rules apply to the oven.

Can I use other meat instead of chicken?

Guess what? You don’t only have to use chicken like this southern classic fried chicken without buttermilk recipe calls for, but you can also use this recipe for pretty much any other meat, such as pork chops and turkey, to name a couple.

What is the best oil for frying chicken?

The best oil to use for chicken fried chicken is vegetable oil in my opinion. I use vegetable oil because it’s clean and had a neutral flavor. Also, vegetable oil has a high smoke point so it’s much better to use when frying chicken instead of any other oil that may burn easily.

What can I use instead of buttermilk to fry chicken

You don’t need to use buttermilk at all when frying this classic southern classic fried chicken. You could soak your chicken in yogurt before you fry them.  Yes, that’s right I said yogurt fried chicken folks. Lol


  • The chicken will rise to the top once it’s done frying
  • Always allow your meat 5 minutes before eating
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the inside temperature is at 165.
  • Use a cast iron Dutch oven

In Conclusion

This fried chicken without buttermilk delivers some flavorful results that home cooks will make a part of their favorite recipes easily! In addition, Southern foods with much flavor, like this easy recipe, should be a part of your household!

Well, until next time, folks.

fried chicken without buttermilk

Southern Classic Fried Chicken Without Buttermilk

Southern classic fried chicken without buttermilk is the new thing. Maybe? Crispy southern fried chicken with just the right amount of seasoning.
Southern Classic Fried Chicken
Servings: 2 People
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 Small Pieces of chicken thighs and chicken legs
  • 2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • Vegetable Oil Enough to cover chicken

Flour Seasoning

  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder To your liking
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper To your liking
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt To your liking
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika To your liking


  • Add a Dutch oven pot to the stove on medium-high. Allow the grease to hit a 350 degrees temperature. Use a grease thermometer to know if it’s at that temperature
    Vegetable Oil
  • To a bowl add your washed and patted dry chicken
    8 Small Pieces of chicken thighs and chicken legs
  • Season your chicken and rub in all of the ingredients
    2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 2 Tablespoon Black Pepper, 2 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt, 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • Next, in a ziplock bag, add the flour along with seasonings. Close the ziplock bag and shake well.
    1 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt, 1 Teaspoon Paprika, 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Add chicken in and the bag and shake well again
  • Place your chicken in the hot grease making sure not to overcrowd the pot.
  • Allow too deep fry for 10 to 15 minutes for smaller chicken or until inside temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy.


  • The chicken will rise to the top once it’s done frying
  • Always allow your meat 5 minutes before eating
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the inside temperature is at 165.
  • Use a cast iron Dutch oven
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk southern fried chicken, fried chicken without buttermilk, Southern Classic Fried Chicken

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