Coconut Oil Fried Chicken

  • Author: Greg Fleischaker
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 mins


For the brine:

  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
    For the breading:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • coconut oil, enough to cover the bottom of your frying pan with 1/4 – 1/2 inch of oil


  1. At least two hours before cooking the chicken, pour the buttermilk into a large bowl
  2. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne pepper, and stir to mix
  3. Cut the chicken into smaller pieces, think chicken strips instead of whole chicken breasts
  4. Place chicken into buttermilk brine and let soak for at least 2 hours, in the refrigerator, the longer the better
  5. As cooking time approaches, remove chicken from refrigerator
  6. Place flour and baking powder in large bowl and mix to combine
  7. Place enough coconut oil into electric skillet to cover the bottom with at least 1/4 inch of oil, up to 1/2 inch, and heat skillet to 325 degrees, making sure the coconut oil doesn’t start smoking
  8. Pour about 1/4 cup of the buttermilk brine into the flour bowl and stir into the flour until it looks like little pebbles all through the flour
  9. Remove each piece of chicken from the buttermilk brine, letting most of buttermilk mixture drip off and then dredge through the flour mixture, and set aside
  10. When all chicken has been prepped, place enough chicken into hot oil to fill the skillet without crowding
  11. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown, and then turn chicken pieces
  12. Cook for another few minutes until both sides are nicely colored and quite crispy
  13. If your pieces are small enough, you can eat straight away, once they have cooled a bit
  14. If you have larger chicken pieces, place chicken onto wire rack placed on a cookie sheet, and place into a 200 degree hot oven while you prepare next batch of chicken.
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