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4.87 from 15 votes

Gordon Ramsay's buttermilk fried chicken

 Gordon Ramsay's buttermilk-fried chicken - succulent, juicy pieces of chicken, coated in a warm, crispy and slightly spicy batter.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Emily Leary



  • 4 free range chicken thighs
  • 4 free range chicken drumsticks
  • 500 ml buttermilk
  • 1 litre flavourless oil eg sunflower or groundnut
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper


  • Place the chicken in a bowl, add the buttermilk and a good pinch of salt and mix well.
  • Cover with cling film and chill overnight, or for at least 30 minutes. Bring back to room temperature before cooking.
  • Once ready to cook, pour a 1.5cm depth of oil into a heavy-based sauté pan or hob-proof casserole dish. 
  • Place over a medium heat until the oil reaches 170C or a cube of bread dropped into the oil sizzles and turns brown after 30 seconds.
  • Put the flour on a plate and mix with the spices and a pinch of salt and peper.
  • Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, shaking off any excess, then dip in the flour, making sure all the sides are coated.
  • Fry the chicken in a single layer (you might need to do in batches), turning constantly for 25-30 minutes, until evenly golden. 
  • Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2.4mg