garam masala spiced fried chicken thighs on a wire rack

Garama Masala Spiced Fried Chicken Thighs

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soul Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 630 kcal
Crispy and juicy buttermilk fried chicken finished with garam masala spice mix.


For the marinade

  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 2 cups roughly chopped cilantro basil and mint
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 fresh jalapeños

For the Coating

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup starch corn, potato, or tapioca
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika

For frying

  • Peanut Oil

Finishing Seasoning

  • 1/2 tbsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted


For the marinade

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the buttermilk, chilis, herbs, garlic and salt in a blender/food process and blend. Add chicken to a bowl and cover with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove chicken from the refrigerator and let cool to room temperature on a wire wrack.

For the Coating

  1. Add the flour, starch and spices to a baking dish (or a brown paper bag) and mix well. Using tongs, remove the chicken from the marinade 1 piece at a time and coat well in the seasoned flour. Be sure to press the flour into the meat cover completely. Shake off excess and reserve on a baking sheet.

For Frying

  1. When all the chicken is dredged in the flour, add about an inch of oil to a heavy frying pan or cast iron skillet. Over medium-high flame, heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Test by dropping a small piece of the coating from the chicken into the oil. The coating will bubble and begin to fry. Add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes per side, until the outside is browned and the meat is cooked through.

  2. Remove the chicken from the frying pan and place on wire rack. As chicken rests, melt coconut oil in a small pan. Pour the oil into a small bowl and add the garam masala. Spoon the hot mixture over the chicken. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Garama Masala Spiced Fried Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 630 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1398mg 58%
Potassium 824mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 87g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 22.4%
Vitamin C 18.4%
Calcium 18.6%
Iron 34.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.