Sheila's Favorite Recipes

Butter Milk Drumettes



4 Servings

  • 12 (11/4 pounds) chicken drumettes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 table spoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  •  1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  •  1 tablespoon dried Cilantro
  •  ½ Cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Kosher Salt for seasoning


  1.  Season the chicken on all sides with salt and pepper, to taste, and put in a 1-gallon size resealable plastic bag or clear white bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, curry powder and cayenne pepper until smooth. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 3 hours or cook immediately.
  2. Breading:  Mix the flour, breadcrumbs, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3.  Pour in enough oil to fill the pan about 1/3 of the way in a heavy bottom saucepan. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 325 degrees F. (If you don’t have a thermometer, a cube of bread will brown in about 2 minutes.) Students will remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off, and dredge in the flour mixture. Students will fry, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden and cooked through, about 6 to 7 minutes, depending on the size of the drumettes.
  4. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Arrange the chicken on a platter and serve.