Soak it in buttermilk
Marinating your chicken in buttermilk the day before you fry it is an essential part of deliciously juicy fried chicken. The buttermilk’s acids and enzymes break down the proteins in the chicken, making it extra tender.
Check out this Real Southern Fried Chicken recipe to see how much buttermilk you’ll need.
Use the right oil
When choosing the right fryer oil, consider something called the smoke point: the temperature at which the oil begins to break down and smoke, making the foods cooked in it taste off. Lard is my favorite cooking oil for infusing the chicken with extra flavor, but you could also use neutral-tasting canola oil or peanut oil.