Simple fried chicken batter can be made using nothing more than a combination of buttermilk, eggs, water, flour and cornstarch, along with salt, pepper and beer. The skillet-fried chicken batter recipe that was developed by Bon Appetit calls for buttermilk, eggs, water, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper
Whisk together 1 cup of buttermilk, one large egg and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl. In a baking dish, combine 3 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon each of salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the buttermilk mixture, and roll it in the baking dish to coat.
The batter for beer-battered fried chicken is made by mixing together 2 cups of beer and two eggs in large bowl. Blend in 2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until the mixture is smooth. It is best to coat the chicken with a small amount of flour before coating it in the beer-batter and frying it.
A classic Southern fried chicken batter recipe includes 1 1/2 cups of milk and two large eggs. The chicken should be coated in the batter and then placed in a zip lock bag along with 2 1/2 cups of flour and 2 tablespoons each of salt and pepper.