Tyler Florence’s ultimate Derby fried chicken

No Kentucky Derby party is complete without that icon of Southern hospitality food — fried chicken. Chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence offers a recipe for his ultimate fried chicken, which packs an extra kick with hot sauce, garlic, herbs and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper.

The ultimate fried chicken

Yields 4 servings


    • 1 (3-4 pound) chicken, cut up into 10 pieces
    • Kosher salt
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons onion powder
    • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
    • 2 teaspoons cayenne
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons hot chili sauce, such as Srirachi Hot Chili Sauce
    • Peanut oil for frying
    • 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
    • 3 big sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 1/4 bunch fresh sage
    • 2 fresh bay leaves
    • 1/2 head garlic, smashed, husk still attached
    • Lemon wedges, for serving


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