Barberton Chicken Recipe | Fried Chicken | Barberton, OH

Barberton Ohio is known for its fried chicken and has been for quite some time. Here is our version of it. Typically it’s fried in lard, so if you can get your hands on that, use it in place of the vegetable oil for frying.

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 0 Servings


  • 2 lb. 4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. salt

Crust Coating:

  • ½ tbsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups panko crumbs
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 quart vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl mix buttermilk and salt. Submerge chicken pieces in buttermilk, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Combine flour, salt and pepper and place in a shallow bowl. Add beaten eggs into another shallow bowl and panko in another separate bowl. Remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge into flour mixture and shake off excess. Place chicken in egg and then roll in panko until well coated.
  • Heat oil to 350°F in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven or pot. Add chicken pieces and cook about 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with French fries and coleslaw.


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