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Jalapeno Fried Chicken

Jalapeño Fried Chicken

Spicy through and through - both breading and meat
Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1311kcal


For Brining:

For Frying:

  • 8 boneless chicken breasts legs, and/or thighs
  • 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Broil the jalapeños until charred

  • Place the jalapeños onto a baking sheet, and broil in the over for 15 to 20 minutes. Flip often to provide even charring.

Brine the chicken spicy-style

  • In a saucepot, bring the water to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add in the charred jalapeños, garlic, peppercorn, honey, and salt. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the brining mix from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Place the chicken in a sealable container, then cover the chicken with the brine. Seal the container and refrigerate overnight (6 to 8 hours).

Fry the chicken with spicy breading

  • Remove the chicken from brine and let them air dry.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper and thoroughly mix.
  • Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl.
  • In a large pot, pour in the oil. (make sure there’s enough space left to prevent splash back), then heat the oil to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Piece by piece, coat the chicken with the flour mix, then dip it in the buttermilk, then once again coat the chicken with flour mix.
  • Place the chicken into the oil (you will need to fry in multiple batches), and fry them for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the fried chicken from the oil, and place them on a plate covered with paper towels to soak in excess oil. Add additional salt and pepper to the chicken immediately. Repeat the last three steps until all chicken is fried.



Calories: 1311kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 9144mg | Potassium: 1054mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1715IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 361mg | Iron: 6.8mg