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Southern Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Southern Fried Chicken Thighs Recipe
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A low-fat Southern fried chicken? Yes! That's compared to other fried chicken recipes, not celery sticks! By using skinless chicken thighs, a low-fat buttermilk coating, and frying quickly in hot oil, this Southern fried chicken is significantly lower in fat than the traditional fried chicken recipes.

Makes 10 Low-Fat Southern Fried Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 10 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • canola or peanut oil, for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl combine the chicken, buttermilk, paprika, cayenne, and half the salt and black pepper. Mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.

  2. Add the flour, and remaining salt and black pepper, to a baking dish. Using tongs, remove the chicken, 2-3 pieces at a time and coat well in the seasoned flour. Be sure to press the flour into the meat cover completely. Shake off excess and reserve on a baking sheet.

  3. When all the chicken is dredged in the flour, add about an inch of oil to a heavy frying pan. Over medium-high flame, heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Test by dropping a small piece of coating from the chicken into the oil. The coating will bubble and begin to fry. Add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes per side, until the outside is browned and the meat is cooked through. Serve immediately, or hold in a warm oven if doing in batches.
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 5 out of 5
Great chicken, Member I_Fortuna

This is a great recipe, I made it tonight. I add a little cornstarch for crunch. BTW, the paprika is not necessary to the flavor so if it gets left out no biggie. The cayenne is the spice with the zip! Hubby only likes chicken thighs and drumsticks and this was a big hit. Thanks!

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