Crispy, Crunchy, Golden Fried Chicken! Our Favorite Fried Chicken Recipes
How do you get fried chicken crispy *and* crunchy? We have 10 recipes to show you.
White meat, dark meat, boneless, and bone-in — there are hundreds of ways to turn chicken into a delicous meal, but fried chicken is where our favorite fowl really shines. While the Colonel uses 11 herbs and spices, that's not the only way to make crispy, crunchy fried chicken finger-licking good — and we have 10 recipes that prove it.
Classic Southern Fried Chicken
Classic Southern Fried Chicken by Cookies for England
If you didn’t grow up making fried chicken, the process might seem a little daunting. Have no fear — this fried chicken contains just eight ingredients, and needs a mere 15 minutes cooking time to fry it into Southern comfort food. The breading is made with all purpose flour, paprika, garlic salt, and cornstarch, for a winning dinner. Buttermilk and egg help the crispy crust stick to the bird.
Shatteringly Crispy Beer Fried Chicken
Shatteringly Crispy Beer Fried Chicken by Fox Valley Foodie
How do you like your fried chicken: crispy or extra crispy? If you answered with the latter, you might want to put this in your queue. The chicken pieces are dipped not once, not twice, but three times in beer batter for extra crunchy goodness.
Thai Chicken Bites
Thai Chicken Bites by Lauren's Latest
These Thai chicken bites are anything but ordinary chicken nuggets. To make them at home, smother chicken breasts in flour, garlic powder, eggs, and milk, then toss them into a pan of peanut oil to sizzle. Fry each piece of chicken until crunchy, then toss in chili garlic sauce for an Asian-inspired appetizer that’s both salty and sweet. Fried chicken with flavor contrast? Yes, please!
Karaage Chicken by Spice Paw
If karaage is your go-to appetizer at your favorite Japanese restaurant, this is your chance to make it at home. You can use either chicken breasts or bone-in chicken thighs, but the darker meat tends to result in a juicier bites. No matter which cut of chicken you choose, know that this recipe is pretty easy to make — marinate, batter, fry, and voila! You have karaage chicken!
Oven-Fried Chicken with Waffles and White Gravy
Oven-Fried Chicken with Waffles and White Gravy by Baker by Nature
Whether it's soul food to you or you call it Southern cooking at its finest, there are few culinary combinations that work as well as chicken and waffles. With your stovetop, oven, and waffle iron running all at once, you can make all three components to this recipe — waffles, fried chicken, and gravy — in a total time of just 30 minutes.
Skinny Oven Fried Chicken
Skinny Oven Fried Chicken by Mommy's Home Cooking
The ingredients might be lightened up, but there’s no skimping on flavor with this skinny “fried” chicken. This recipe is just as crunchy and tasty as the original version, except you’ll bake it on a baking sheet instead of dipping it in the deep fryer. It gets its crunch from corn flakes and bread crumbs and its flavor from buttermilk, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Together, you get a crunchy kick without the extra calories.
Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Fried Chicken by Damn Delicious
Fried chicken wings with only three ingredients? Sign us up! These Korean chicken wings get fried twice — the first to make sure they’re cooked through, the second to get them crispy golden brown. After the wings are fried crispy, dip the pieces of chicken in sweet soy sauce for sticky, crunchy wings.
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Buttermilk Baked Chicken by Never Enough Thyme
Made with two cups of buttermilk, this is the ultimate buttermilk fried chicken. To make it at home, dip chicken pieces in a buttermilk mixture of lemon juice, Tabasco, thyme, garlic, and kosher salt. Then dip your chicken pieces in a large bowl filled with crushed cornflakes, parmesan, thyme, and salt. The chicken then goes on a sheet pan over a wire rack and bakes for 45 minutes to make your favorite picnic lunch.
Thai Fried Chicken
Thai Fried Chicken by Curious Nut
While this Thai fried chicken is good on its own, it was made to be a vessel for a homemade version of Maggi sweet chili sauce. It's a bit less sweet (and has a lot more bite) than what you'll find at the grocery store, and it's totally worth it.
Coconut Curry Fried Chicken
Coconut Curry Fried Chicken by Life's Ambrosia
When it comes to fried chicken recipes, buttermilk is what makes the good stuff stick. But this recipe uses coconut milk instead. With a dash of curry powder, this recipe combines your favorite Indian and American flavors in one inventive dish.
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