How do you bread fried chicken without using an egg?


Quick Answer

In order to prepare and bread chicken without an egg, dip the chicken in buttermilk and a flour mixture before frying. For a crispier coating, dip the chicken twice in both the buttermilk and flour mixtures.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

The chicken is marinated overnight before frying, but it can be prepared in the marinade mixture in as little as 1 hour before frying.

Prep Time: 6 hours 30 min.

Cook Time: 30 min.

Ready In: 7 hours


  • 3 1/2 lbs. chicken
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable or olive oil

  1. Marinate the chicken
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a large, non-reactive bowl and cover with the buttermilk, salt, Tabasco sauce, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours, or at least 1 hour.

  3. Heat the oil
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 360 degrees F.

  5. Fry the chicken
  6. Mix together the flour, garlic powder and black pepper. Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk and tap off the excess. Coat both sides of the chicken pieces with the flour mixture and tap off the excess. Place the chicken in the hot oil and fry until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

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