Our Favorite Crispy Fried Chicken Recipes

Our Favorite Crispy Fried Chicken Recipes



Crispy, juicy, and robustly flavored, fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food. A perfect piece of fried chicken is one of the greatest foods in the world. There are tons of different ways to make it—here are a few of our favorites.

Crispy, juicy, and robustly flavored, fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food. A perfect piece of fried chicken is one of the greatest foods in the world. There are tons of different ways to make it—here are a few of our favorites. (Kat Craddock/)

Parker's BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel's, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/parkers-bbq-fried-chicken/">Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken</a>

Parker’s BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel’s, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/parkers-bbq-fried-chicken/”>Parker’s BBQ Fried Chicken</a> (Nicole Franzen/)

Crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw tops this ultra-crisp fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/buttermilk-fried-chicken-sandwich/">Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw</a>

Crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw tops this ultra-crisp fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/buttermilk-fried-chicken-sandwich/”>Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw</a> (Joseph De Leo/)

Sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper, adds kick to these sake-and-mirin-marinated wings. A fresh squeeze of lemon brightens them up for serving. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/japanese-fried-chicken-wings-teba-no-karaage-recipe/">Japanese-Style Chicken Wings</a>

Sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper, adds kick to these sake-and-mirin-marinated wings. A fresh squeeze of lemon brightens them up for serving. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/japanese-fried-chicken-wings-teba-no-karaage-recipe/”>Japanese-Style Chicken Wings</a> (Nicole Franzen/)

The chicken for this Japanese homestyle dish is traditionally coated in mochiko, sweet rice flour, before frying, but cooks at Ethel's Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii, use Japanese potato starch to yield an extra-crispy crust. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/mochiko-chicken-with-ponzu-sauce/">Hawaiian Fried Chicken (Mochiko Chicken with Ponzu)</a>

The chicken for this Japanese homestyle dish is traditionally coated in mochiko, sweet rice flour, before frying, but cooks at Ethel’s Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii, use Japanese potato starch to yield an extra-crispy crust. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/mochiko-chicken-with-ponzu-sauce/”>Hawaiian Fried Chicken (Mochiko Chicken with Ponzu)</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Double-frying is the secret to achieving the delicate, crackly crust on these sweet-sour-salty-spicy-perfect Korean chicken wings. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Korean-Fried-Chicken-Recipe">Korean Fried Chicken</a>

Double-frying is the secret to achieving the delicate, crackly crust on these sweet-sour-salty-spicy-perfect Korean chicken wings. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Korean-Fried-Chicken-Recipe”>Korean Fried Chicken</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

The secret to Nashville's famous hot chicken is in the layering: The bird is marinated in a spicy buttermilk brine, then dredged with more flour and spice, double-fried, and finally slathered with a fiery butter paste to create a crunchy, peppery coating. One bite into its burnished orange crust reveals first a tangy crunch, and then a deeper, complex spice that leaves a lingering fire behind. Adjust the heat by adding as much—or as little—cayenne as you like. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/nashville-hot-chicken/">Nashville Hot Chicken</a>

The secret to Nashville’s famous hot chicken is in the layering: The bird is marinated in a spicy buttermilk brine, then dredged with more flour and spice, double-fried, and finally slathered with a fiery butter paste to create a crunchy, peppery coating. One bite into its burnished orange crust reveals first a tangy crunch, and then a deeper, complex spice that leaves a lingering fire behind. Adjust the heat by adding as much—or as little—cayenne as you like. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/nashville-hot-chicken/”>Nashville Hot Chicken</a> (Landon Nordeman/)

Simply seasoned and fried, with a thin, crisp coating and tender, juicy meat, the fried chicken at Martha Lou's Kitchen is some of the best we've ever tasted. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fried-Chicken">Our Readers' Favorite Fried Chicken Recipe</a>

Simply seasoned and fried, with a thin, crisp coating and tender, juicy meat, the fried chicken at Martha Lou’s Kitchen is some of the best we’ve ever tasted. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fried-Chicken”>Our Readers’ Favorite Fried Chicken Recipe</a> (Kat Craddock/)

Double-fried chicken marinated in an aromatic brine is a specialty of the house at the restaurant Rye KC in Leawood, Kansas. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Extra-Crispy-Fried-Chicken/">Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken</a>

Double-fried chicken marinated in an aromatic brine is a specialty of the house at the restaurant Rye KC in Leawood, Kansas. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Extra-Crispy-Fried-Chicken/”>Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken</a> (Todd Coleman/)

This sandwich is Mile End Deli's Eli Sussman's fun take on the fried chicken classic; the horseradish cream offsets the bitterness of the radicchio and the richness of the schnitzel nicely. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/chicken-schnitzel-sandwich-with-horseradish-cream-and-radicchio/">Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio</a>

This sandwich is Mile End Deli’s Eli Sussman’s fun take on the fried chicken classic; the horseradish cream offsets the bitterness of the radicchio and the richness of the schnitzel nicely. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/chicken-schnitzel-sandwich-with-horseradish-cream-and-radicchio/”>Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio</a> (Farideh Sadeghin/)

These are the Buffalo-resident's Buffalo wings: true to the original 1964 recipe, wings are fried in peanut oil and then tossed in a mixture of melted margarine and fiery hot sauce. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to complete the classic dish. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/buffalo-wing-trail-news">Buffalo Wings</a>

These are the Buffalo-resident’s Buffalo wings: true to the original 1964 recipe, wings are fried in peanut oil and then tossed in a mixture of melted margarine and fiery hot sauce. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to complete the classic dish. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/buffalo-wing-trail-news”>Buffalo Wings</a> (Thomas Payne/)

Mayonnaise with honey and dill makes an awesome dipping sauce for chicken fingers. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Mitzis-Chicken-Fingers/">Mitzi's Chicken Fingers</a>

Mayonnaise with honey and dill makes an awesome dipping sauce for chicken fingers. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Mitzis-Chicken-Fingers/”>Mitzi’s Chicken Fingers</a> (Todd Coleman/)

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