Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl
and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap
and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a
Take the chicken out of the buttermilk
and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture.
You should place the
coated chicken on a baking sheet as you coat all the chicken
prior to frying.
Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed
stockpot to a depth of 1-inch and heat to 360° F on a
Working in batches, carefully place
several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3
minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden
brown (it will continue to brown in the oven).
Don't crowd the
Remove the chicken from the oil and place
each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan.
Allow the oil to return to 360° F before
frying the next batch.
When all the chicken is fried, bake for
30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink
inside. Serve hot.