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5 from 3 votes

Coconut Oil Fried Chicken

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Author: Greg Fleischaker


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


  • At least two hours before cooking the chicken, pour the buttermilk into a large bowl
  • Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne pepper, and stir to mix
  • Cut the chicken into smaller pieces, think chicken strips instead of whole chicken breasts
  • Place chicken into buttermilk brine and let soak for at least 2 hours, in the refrigerator, the longer the better
  • As cooking time approaches, remove chicken from refrigerator
  • Place flour and baking powder in large bowl and mix to combine
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • When all chicken has been prepped, place enough chicken into hot oil to fill the skillet without crowding
  • Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown, and then turn chicken pieces
  • Cook for another few minutes until both sides are nicely colored and quite crispy
  • If your pieces are small enough, you can eat straight away, once they have cooled a bit
  • 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.