3-Ingredient Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe: You Don't Need a 11 Herbs & Spices by 30Seconds Food

3-Ingredient Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe: You Don't Need a 11 Herbs & Spices

While we probably all love that fried chicken with a million herbs and spices, sometimes simple is best. This crispy fried chicken recipe has three ingredients, is easy to make and tastes fantastic.

The chicken is seasoned with salt and pepper and then refrigerated for at least two hours before cooking. Flour and garlic powdered are combined in a large bag or bowl. Heat some vegetable oil to about 350 degrees F in a deep skillet, then shake that chicken in the seasoned flour. The chicken is fried until crispy, golden brown and cooked through (165 degrees F internal temperature). Easy! 

Serve this three-ingredient fried chicken recipe with french fries or mashed potatoes and a fresh garden salad or cole slaw. Perfect. And don't forget the cheddar bay biscuits!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours to marinate
Cook Time: 20 minutes (approximately)  
Total Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken pieces
  • 1 cup flour (more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Here's how to make it:

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before cooking.
  2. When ready to cook, put the flour and garlic powder in a bag or large bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep skillet to about 350 degrees F. Put the chicken pieces into the flour and shake to coat. Put the chicken into the hot oil skin side down. 
  4. Cook until the chicken is browned and crispy on the first side, about 10 minutes. (Watch the oil so it doesn't get too hot.) Flip the chicken over and continue to cook until cooked through (internal temperature 165 degrees F). Remove to a wire rack or paper towels to drain. 

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Deep Skillets $10 & Up
Garlic Powder $3 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Vegetable Oil $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Simple fried chicken is just so so good. Love this easy recipe!
This recipe is probably better tasting than that fast food joint anyway...
Jennifer Goodwin
This is really all you need. All the brining, buttermilk, eggs, etc is truly unnecessary. The proper amount of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder is all you need. Add a little cornstarch to the flour, and allow it to sit on the chicken awhile before frying. Crusty, crispy, and delicious EVERY time!
Donna John
Who doesn't love crispy fried chicken! Thanks for the tips! Jennifer Goodwin
Silver Silver
Awesome recipe!. I bet it's delicious. My handed down recipe is very similar. 1st Season your flour with garlic salt and what ever other spice's you prefer. Then coat your chicken breasts or dark meat pieces thoroughly in the flour. Then gently put the same chicken in buttermilk, then immediately put that chicken back in that flour. Let it rest for 10minutes then place in your fryer oil, about 10minutes or so on each side.
Donna John
Thanks for the chicken-frying tips!! Sounds like you're a pro, Silver Silver . If you'd like to submit some recipes, we'd love that!

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