Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F or as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions for similar foods. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper, and mix well to make chicken coating. Add coating to a plastic food storage bag in batches. Moisten chicken with buttermilk, shake in bag of coating, and allow excess to fall away.
Deep-fry chicken until crispy and transfer to a baking pan. Bake in 350 degree F oven until cooked through.