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Last updated: Jan 16, 2018 — Published: Jan 16, 2018 — By: Anita — 3 comments

Sometimes the best meal is the simplest. Take this buttermilk roast chicken for example, they taste amazingly good, and all you need to recreate this at home are the commonest of pantry ingredients.

Other than buttermilk, you only need salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder (or paprika powder), and garlic.

This dish is one of the very first view dishes that I mastered back in college, simply because it’s so dirt cheap. I just needed to buy those family pack size chicken thigh, then picked up some buttermilk (more often than not, I picked up milk and yoghurt), and I’d be set for one week!

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Buttermilk and some substitutions

Since buttermilk is even listed in the title, I highly suggest getting some. But if you really must substitute, here are my two workarounds.

If you only have milk and lemon/white vinegar at home, you can add 1 tablespoon lemon juice/white vinegar to (1 cup - 1 tablespoon) of milk to substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk.

If you have milk and yoghurt, you can mix 1⁄2 cup milk plus 1⁄2 cup yoghurt to substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk.

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

5.0 from 1 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

Categories: Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Ingredients: Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 8-12

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  • 2 cups buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk + 1 cup yoghurt)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoon chili powder (or paprika powder), depends on how spicy you want
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 8-12 pieces of chicken drumsticks (or chicken thighs, or a combo of both types)
  • olive oil, to drizzle over chicken
  • chili powder (or paprika powder), to sprinkle over chicken


  1. Whisk together buttermilk, minced garlic, salt, chili powder, sugar, and ground pepper.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a large gallon size ziplock back (or a large mixing bowl), then pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken, make sure the chicken are all fully covered. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. When ready to roast, return the chicken to room temperature.
  4. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil, and preheat oven to 220 Celsius (425 Fahrenheit).
  5. Arrange chicken pieces on prepared baking dish, drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle with some chili powder (or paprika powder).
  6. Roast for 50-60 minutes, or until fully cooked and the skin develops some charred spots. If you wish, you can baste the chicken with more oil midway of roasting.
  7. Best when serve immediately.