Why is buttermilk marinated fried chicken better than regular fried chicken? I’m so glad you asked!
The answer is actually pretty simple – since buttermilk is a cultured dairy product it is naturally slightly acidic. This slight acidity actually helps to tenderize the chicken. They key being a slight acidity, if a marinade is too acidic it have the opposite effect and make the meat tougher. In addition to the slight acidity, buttermilk also has enzymes and cultures that help to break down the proteins in the chicken to make it even more tender. Science!
Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!
1 cup – Charlie’s Old Time Buttermilk Find It
1 tsp – ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp – salt
1 garlic clove
4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup – all purpose flour
2 Tbsp – cornstarch
1 tsp – dried thyme
1 tsp – paprika