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Crispy fried chicken recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Crispy & juicy with every bite

Fried chicken is an all-American summer favorite, with its crisp seasoned coating and juicy tender meat. Try our top fried chicken tips and recipes and sink your teeth into the perfect balance of crispy and juicy in every bite.

Fried chicken recipes

Classic Crispy Fried Chicken

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
3 pounds chicken pieces, breasts, drumsticks, wings, thighs
6 cups buttermilk
1-1/2 to 2 cups vegetable shortening or canola oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Place chicken pieces in a deep bowl and pour buttermilk over them, making sure all pieces are covered. Soak overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Heat shortening or oil in a deep skillet until temperature is 360 degrees F. (use a kitchen thermometer).

3. Meanwhile, combine flour with salt and pepper. Remove chicken pieces from buttermilk and dip in flour mixture then place in hot oil, skin side down.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and place a lid on the pan. Cook about 25 minutes or until golden brown, flipping if necessary. Remove lid and cook another 5 minutes. Remove with tongs and let drain on a rack or brown paper bags.

Beer Battered Fried Chicken

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup beer
Canola oil or shortening
3 pounds chicken pieces, breasts, drumsticks, wings, thighs (soaked in buttermilk overnight if desired)

Directions:
1. Combine flour with onion salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. In a separate bowl, beat egg with beer and then mix into flour mixture.

2. Heat shortening or oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 360 degrees F.

3. Meanwhile, dip chicken pieces in batter and place in hot oil, skin side down.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and place a lid on the pan. Cook about 25 minutes or until golden brown, flipping if necessary. Remove lid and cook another 5 minutes. Remove chicken with tongs and let drain on a rack or brown paper bags.

Garlic Fried Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup oil or shortening
3 pounds chicken pieces, breasts, drumsticks, wings, thighs (soaked in buttermilk overnight if desired)

Directions:
1. Combine garlic powder, pepper, salt, paprika, breadcrumbs and flour. In a separate bowl, whisk milk with egg.

2. Heat shortening or oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 360 degrees F.

3. Meanwhile, dip chicken pieces in batter and place in hot oil, skin side down.

4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and place a lid on the pan. Cook about 25 minutes or until golden brown, flipping if necessary. Remove lid and cook another 5 minutes. Remove chicken with tongs and let drain on a rack or brown paper bags.

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