How to Make Chicken Golden, Moist and Full of Flavor with Buttermilk Marinade

Buttermilk gets a lot of hate for being rather heavy. But no hater can deny the fact that rich buttermilk is one of the most amazing products in the world for cooking! If you think buttermilk is just to make your pancakes extra-delicious think again, you can use buttermilk in a million savory ways in the kitchen – one of our favorites being this buttermilk marinade. Soak your chicken in this marinade and you’re guaranteed to have the most golden and packed-with-flavor chicken you have ever tasted. Watch the video below and prepare to stock up on buttermilk.

Best of all, this marinade is so easy to whip up. You can prepare it in the morning in five minutes and then let your chicken soak in the mixture during the day. At night, all you have to do is throw the chicken in the oven and you’ve got an instantly delicious dinner.

How do you use buttermilk in the kitchen? We’re obsessed with its rich flavor and tenderizing properties, so please share your recipes in the comments section below!


– One whole chicken, cut into parts
– 2 cups buttermilk
– Fresh dill
– Lemon zest
– Salt
– Pepper


1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, buttermilk, zest, dill, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours (or up to 24 hours).
2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Roast chicken on a rimmed baking sheet until cooked through, about 25 minutes.

You can also use buttermilk to make “no-freakout” fried chicken! Check out this Food52 recipe for Buttermilk & Pimentón Fried Chicken: