Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Pickled Peach-Fennel Salad




  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons nonpareil capers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 2 pound bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, bones removed
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (about 12 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Canola oil


  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly shaved on a mandoline (about 1 3/4 cups), fronds reserved for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 (8-ounce) slightly unripe peaches, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

How to Make It
Step 1
Make the rémoulade

Stir together all rémoulade ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve, up to 3 days.

Step 2 Make the fried chicken
Place buttermilk in a large bowl; add chicken, and submerge in buttermilk. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours.

Step 3
Stir together flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from buttermilk; discard buttermilk. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess, and place in an even layer on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Step 4 Meanwhile, make the pickled peach-fennel salad
Place fennel and onion in a medium-size heatproof bowl; set aside. Bring 1 cup water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over high, whisking occasionally. Pour vinegar mixture over fennel mixture; let stand 10 minutes. Add peaches; toss gently to combine, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain, discarding vinegar mixture.

Step 5
To fry chicken, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a large Dutch oven; heat to 350°F over medium-high. Working in batches, carefully add chicken thighs to hot oil; fry until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally and maintaining an oil temperature of 325°F. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet to drain; sprinkle evenly with salt to taste.

Step 6
Spoon rémoulade onto 4 plates. Top with pickled peach-fennel salad and fried chicken. Garnish with fennel fronds.


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