22 Must-Make Fried Chicken Recipes

Fried chicken recipes in an array that offers you so many possibilities—brined, spiced, honeyed, buttermilked, waffled, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. It’s all here. Pass the napkins, please.

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that it doesn't take buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.
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Bourbon Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Yes, bourbon-inflected fried chicken. It’s in the brine. And oh, baby, are you gonna wish you’d been doing this all your life.
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Crispy Fried Chicken

This blissfully crunchy, irreverently easy, crazily unconventional coating is everything we never knew we wanted in fried chicken.
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Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun fried hen is memorably moist, superlatively crisp, and gosh darn perfect through and through.
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Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Because we believe awesome fried chicken is a birthright for all, we bring you this gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly bird.
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Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Hot enough to make you holler. That's how they like their fried chicken in Nashville. Who are we to argue?
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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Fried Chicken

Truly exceptional gluten- and dairy-free fried chicken is difficult to come by. Your wait is over.
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Southern Fried Chicken Wings

Perfectly battered. Nicely seasoned. And easy as heck. That's how we like our fried chicken wings, thank you very much. This recipe delivers all that.
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Fried Chicken and Biscuits

Classic fried chicken is reimagined with a shatteringly crisp, delicate crust that usurps the usual thick breading. Flaky, buttery biscuits are requisite. Honey and pickles strongly encouraged.
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Egg Shop Fried Chicken

For years, Egg Shop's fried chicken has been the talk of New York City. It’s crunchy, juicy, salty, spicy, honey-frizzled fried chicken amazingness. And here's how you can make it.
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Northern Fried Chicken

The secret to this Northern fried chicken recipe? Matzoh meal and honey. No lie.
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Momofuku's Fried Chicken

This flour-free fried bird is contrary to everything we know about fried chicken. Or think we know. That's exactly what makes it so darn genius.
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Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken

Pickle-brined fried chicken?! Oh yes we did! Folks are calling it fried chicken perfection. And you won't want to skip the Sriracha honey dipping sauce.
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Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

This recipe from the late, great Edna Lewis turns out skillet-fried chicken that's perfectly seasoned, extra-crisp, and gosh darn beautiful in every way.
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Cornmeal Crusted Fried Chicken

Tender, juicy meat. Shatteringly crisp skin. And made from ingredients we bet you already have in the house. You're welcome.
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Pan-Fried Chicken Tenders

Nearly everybody, no matter their age, loves chicken tenders. Crisp, golden, and gently spiced, your whole family will devour them.
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Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Not your typical fried chicken, this one boasts a gratifyingly crisp crust with insanely tender meat and takes a definite boost from a peppery white bbq sauce.
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Judy Hesser's Oven-Fried Chicken

Mind-bogglingly crisp oven-fried chicken. And it's sooo easy. Just shake, shake, shake chicken thighs in a bag of seasoned flour and bake unattended for a little while.
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Oven Fried Drumsticks

Some things never go out of style. Witness this throwback to the 50s recipe for drumsticks rolled in crumbs of any sort. Potato chips. Wasabi peas. Rice crackers.
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Chicken Karaage ~ Japanese Fried Chicken

You haven't lived until you've had chicken karaage, which is Japanese-style chicken that's marinated in soy and fried twice until crisp and oh so nice.
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Waffle Fried Chicken with Spicy Bourbon Maple Syrup

Fried chicken as you've never, ever experienced. Waffle-battered thighs are fried until crisp and doused with a spiked syrup that boasts a sweet heat.
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Breaded Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

These crumb-coated thighs come together with no fuss and can easily be adapted to whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand.
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