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Deep Fried Chicken Legs Recipe

This deep fried chicken legs recipe is simple, easy, and quick. These fried chicken drumsticks have crispy skin, are well seasoned, the meat is juicy, tender, and tasty to the bone. Learn how to deep fry chicken legs with or without breading (buttermilk and flour).
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 6
Calories 254 kcal


  • Deep fryer


  • 6 pieces Chicken legs
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper or to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • ¾ cup Flour If breading only
  • ½ cup Buttermilk If breading only


  • Clean the drumsticks/legs and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  • Mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl. 
    Add the spice mix to the chicken legs and mix till well combined. Place a deep pot on the stove on medium heat.
  • Add oil into the pan to at least 3 inches and heat to a temperature of 350F/175C.
    Add in the seasoned chicken drumsticks and fry till it's golden brown and cooked inside.
  • Remove fried drumsticks from hot oil onto a plate.


  • Clean the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Mix the flour with half of the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt in a bowl. 
  • In another bowl, mix the buttermilk with the remaining half of the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt.
  • Dip drumstick in the buttermilk mixture, then dip in the flour mix to cover all the parts then put dredged drumsticks on a flat plate.
  • Repeat above step till chicken legs used up.
  • Place a deep pan on a stove on medium heat. Add oil into the pan and when it's heated, gently put the chicken legs.
    Fry till golden brown and cooked inside (No blood around the bone or in the middle).
  • Put fried chicken drumsticks on a plate.
    Serve and enjoy.


  • Pat chicken legs dry with a paper towel before seasoning. 
  • You can season the chicken with any dry rub of your choice but make it a good one.
  • Use oil with a high smoking point like peanut oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil.
  • If not using a deep fryer, use a deep pan with enough room to allow for frying without splatters or spillage.
  • Be careful around hot oil as it can cause serious burns.
  • You can use a chip pan and basket to make it easier taking out the chicken drumsticks out of the hot oil.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan as that will lower the temperature of the oil.
  • Ensure all sides of the chicken are immersed in the oil for even frying. Also that way you won't have to turn the sides while frying.


Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 16gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 227mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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