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Buttermilk Chicken with Cornbread and Cucumber-Celery Salad


Our baked version of the classic buttermilk fried chicken still has plenty of crunch. Cook an extra chicken breast alongside the breaded pieces for later use in our recipe for Barley Salad with Chicken and Corn.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2010


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 pounds), cut into 10 pieces and skin removed, plus 1 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast (3/4 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced, plus 1/4 cup celery leaves
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • Scallion Cornbread Muffins


  1. In a bowl, mix buttermilk, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 10 pieces from whole chicken; stir to coat. Marinate 30 minutes (or up to 8 hours).

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a food processor, pulse bread until fine crumbs form, 30 seconds. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet; bake until golden brown, 7 minutes. Transfer breadcrumbs to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons oil.

  3. Set a wire rack in baking sheet. Remove chicken from marinade, shaking off as much liquid as possible, and coat with breadcrumbs. Place on rack, along with nonbreaded chicken breast, and season all with salt and pepper. Bake until chicken is cooked through and golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through (tent chicken with foil if overbrowning). Refrigerate extra breast for later use.

  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine cucumber, shallot, celery and leaves, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve salad with buttermilk chicken and muffins.

Reviews Add a comment

  • ChefTBaks
    26 JUL, 2013
    It tasted okay but not worth the work. Make cornflakes crusted chicken instead.
  • PenelopeRB
    21 FEB, 2011
    Great! Very moist (I soaked the chicken in the buttermilk for about 6 hours) and flavorful. I made the entire menu including the salad and muffins. This will be my new method for making homemade chicken nuggets and fingers for the munchkins. The salad is tasty and full of crunch, though I added butter lettuce for more substance.