There is nothing like buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken, unless it’s served with biscuits and hot honey! I was inspired to make this after ordering this dish at a local barbecue restaurant, and honestly, I was disassapointed. I just knew that there could be a much better version of this Southern classic. This is it!

Southern Fried Chicken with Cake Biscuits and Hot Honey Gravy

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Passive Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Moderately difficult
Servings: 4 people



  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • canola or peanut oil for deep frying.


Gather all ingredients before starting the recipe.


    • Combine 2 cups buttermilk, 1 clove garlic, 2 tsp celery seeds, 1 tsp black pepper, and 2 tsp kosher salt and pour the marinade into a resealable plastic bag.
    • Add 4 whole skinless boneless chicken thighs to marinade and message to combine and make sure all surfaces are covered.
    • Refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally.


    • Combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika, and 1 tsp kosher salt and mix.
    • Add oil to a deep frying pan to come halfway up to the pan and heat over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until a small bread cube rises to the top of the oil and starts to sizzle.
    • Add a few drops of marinade mixture to flour mixture with a fork. All you want to do is add a few drops to make a few crumbs in the flour. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge in flour mixture. Shake of excess.
    • When oil is hot enough, add chicken to hot oil and fry until the chicken becomes a golden brown, about 8-10 minutes per side or until the chicken registers165℉.
    • Remove chicken to a wire rack.


    • Place chicken on a slice of Honey Cake Pan Biscuit and drizzle with Rosemary Hot Honey, then top the chicken with a second slice of biscuit and serve.

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