Tested till perfect Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken Drumsticks
Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken Drumsticks
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken Drumsticks

This crispy classic is equally tasty hot or cold.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: July 2009

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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  • Portion size 12 pieces


  • 3 lb 3lbchicken drumstickchicken drumsticks
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 12 sprigs 12sprigsfresh thyme
  • 2 cups 2cupsbuttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspfinely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp 2tspsalt
  • 1 tsp 1tspcayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp 1tspcoarsely ground black pepper
  • canola oil or vegetable oil, for deep frying
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Place chicken in large bowl; add onion, thyme sprigs and buttermilk, turning chicken to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, thyme, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Discarding marinade, press chicken into flour mixture, turning to coat. Keeping pieces separate, refrigerate on waxed paper–lined baking sheet until coating is set, at least 15 minutes or for up to 1 hour.

Pour oil into deep-fryer or large wide heavy-bottomed pot to depth of at least 2-1/2 inches (6 cm), but no more than halfway up side of pot. Heat over medium heat until deep-fryer thermometer registers 375°F (190°C).

Deep-fry drumsticks, in batches, until crisp, floating and juices run clear when chicken is pierced, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towel–lined platter. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional Information Per piece: about

cal 189 pro 14g total fat 12g sat. fat 3g
carb 5g fibre 0 chol 62mg sodium 219mg
potassium 174mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 8 vit A 2 vit C 3
folate 8
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