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Fried chicken is a delicious Southern staple. It's easy to make at home, and it's even easier when you use buttermilk!

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How to make fried chicken using buttermilk

These fried chicken burgers are ultra crispy and absolutely bursting with flavour. Better still, they couldn’t be easier to make!

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The ULTIMATE KFC Style Chicken Burger!

For real though, is there anything better in life than wrapping your chops around a burger from KFC when you’re beyond hungry? No is the answer. No is the ONLY answer. However, I’d like to throw my 2 pence in and suggest this homemade version may, just may, be more satisfying than any chicken burger you’ve ever tried (please don’t sue me KFC). Here’s why you’re gonna LOVE these chicken burgers:

  • Ultra Crispy – Here I’ll show you some tips and tricks to getting teeth-shatteringly-crispy chicken.
  • Tender and Juicy – No more tough and dry chicken, these burgers are melt in your mouth tender!
  • Bursting with flavour – Both the chicken and fillings offer an absolute killer combo of flavours.

Whilst frying up chicken may seem like a hassle, I promise you it’s really straight forward. Even if you’re not experienced with deep frying. Follow me…

closeup shot of honey sriracha pouring down chicken

Chicken Breast Burger

For this recipe we’re going with boneless skinless chicken breast. Most chicken burger recipes you’ll find use breast, mainly because they’re larger than thighs. It gives you more of that classic flavour too, thighs tend to be used more in fried chicken sandwiches or more Asian dishes.

Pound that chicken!

I mean pound the chicken breast. Not an actu… nevermind. Pounding the chicken serves two purposes:

  1. It ensures the breast is even thickness, which will ensure the chicken cooks evenly.
  2. It tenderises the meat and reduces the risk of it coming out tough & chewy.

You can use a mallet, heavy pan or a rolling pin (as I use here). Just cover with cling film and pound until the breasts are even thickness.

How to pound chicken - 4 step by step photos

Buttermilk Marinated Chicken

Buttermilk is absolutely KEY to the deliciousness of these burgers. Marinating chicken in buttermilk tenderises the meat and acts as a great gateway to inject the spices into the chicken.

How long to marinate the chicken?

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Ideally you’re looking for 4 hours, over night is even better. Having said that just marinate for as long as you have time for. Even just 30mins makes the world of difference!

Just mix your spices in with the buttermilk, mix in the chicken then tightly cover and rest in the fridge. Once you’ve marinated the chicken, it’s important to get the chicken out the fridge 30mins before needed. You want the chicken close to room temp before it’s fried. Frying cold chicken will cause it to seize up and become tough/chewy.

How to marinate chicken - 3 step by step photos

Dredge that chicken!

Alrighty, chicken sufficiently marinated, let’s talk dredging. For this stage all you’ll need is a second round of spices, baking powder (reacts with the oil and causes extra bubbles to ensure the batter turns out extra crispy) and flour.

My two main tips at the dredging stage are:

  1. Ensure you completely blend the spices in the flour to ensure they’re evenly distributed across the chicken.
  2. Really take the time to ensure every nook and cranny of the chicken is dredged with flour. Really press it into the chicken to ensure it’s all completely coated.

Once you’ve dredged, give the chicken a good shake to get rid off any excess flour, then place to one side.

How to dredge chicken - 4 step by step photos

Deep Fried Chicken Burger

Please don’t be put off by this stage. It’s a fairly fool proof step and because you’ve pounded the chicken, it’s fairly quick as well. Let’s hit some questions straight off the bat:

How hot should the oil be?

I highly recommend getting a kitchen thermometer for deep frying. You want the oil to get to 180C/356F. Once the chicken hits the oil the temp will drop, which is fine, but you’ll want to keep it at a steady 165C/300F. After each batch get it back up to 180C/356F.

What’s the best oil to use?

You’ll want to use an oil with a high smoking point like vegetable/sunflower/rapeseed oil. Olive oil is not suitable for deep frying as it has a low smoking point.

How long to deep fry the chicken?

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This will entirely depend on the thickness and size of your chicken, but as a rough guide you’re talking around 4-5mins, then flip and continue for another 2-3mins until fully golden and crisp. But again, this will depend on the size of your chicken. In all cases you want the internal temp of the chicken to reach 75C/165F. Also take into consideration the chicken will continue to cook slightly once removed from the oil.

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Ultra Crispy Chicken!

From there, you’ll want to rest your chicken on a wire rack. I don’t recommend placing on paper towels, I actually find this causes the chicken to steam into the paper towel and dampen the batter.

Alrighty, time to build a burger (build a bear you were so last year..) Here’s the usual suspects in my chicken burgers:

Chicken Burger Toppings

  • Coleslaw – Homemade is preferable, but your favourite store bought can sub!
  • Honey Sriracha – Just mix up runny honey and sriracha, I usually go for a 50/50 split but work to preference.
  • Bacon – Need I justify this?!

overhead closeup shot of fried chicken on wire rack

What to serve with chicken burgers?

Honestly, these are pretty intense by themselves. However if you’re looking for a few nibbles to go along side check out these:

  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Baked Avocado Fries
  • Oven Baked French Fries (or Sweet Potato Fries)
  • Baked Potato Wedges

If you’re looking for similar recipes check out these beauties too:

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Spicy Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Homemade Popcorn Chicken
  • Crispy Chicken Wraps

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these crispy chicken burgers shall we?!

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How to make Homemade Chicken Burgers (Full Recipe & Video)

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