Start by washing and thoroughly drying your chicken pieces. Pat them dry with paper towels to ensure a crispy crust.
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the buttermilk, pickle juice, and a bit of water (the exact measurements can be found in the description box below). You want enough liquid to immerse your chicken pieces comfortably.
Place the chicken pieces into the bag, ensuring they are fully submerged in the buttermilk mixture. Seal the bag and massage it gently to evenly distribute the flavors. You can let it marinate in the refrigerator for about two hours, but overnight is even better for maximum flavor.
Step 2: Prepare the Seasoned Flour
In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, Creole Kick, onion powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. The Creole Kick adds that distinctive Southern flavor.
Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly to ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed throughout the flour. You should be able to see and taste the spices in the mixture.
Step 3: Bread the Chicken
Remove the marinated chicken pieces from the bag and let them drip slightly to remove any excess buttermilk. We want the chicken damp, but not overly wet.
Coat the chicken pieces with the seasoned flour mixture. Make sure they're completely covered with the flour, giving them a good shake to remove any excess.
Gently press the flour onto the chicken to ensure the coating adheres well. Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet and let them rest for a few minutes to let the coating adhere even better.
Step 4: Heat the Oil
Step 5: Fry the Chicken
Carefully place the breaded chicken pieces into the hot oil, working away from you to avoid any splattering.
Fry the chicken for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that it's cooked through and safe to eat.
When the chicken reaches a beautiful golden brown color, it's time to remove it from the oil. Place it on a wire rack to let any excess oil drain.
Enjoy Your Southern Fried Chicken!