If you have grown tired of the plain old fried chicken, then today’s top 10 fried chicken recipes will be your best friend in the kitchen for a very long time, I promise!
I have to admit that fried chicken always earns the top spot when it comes to fried dishes. It is almost impossible to resist the tenderness and juiciness of the meat on the inside and the crispness of the skin on the outside. Not to mention the amazing versatility of these bites. You can easily combine fried chicken with a wide variety of sauces. The possibilities are endless!
Essential Tips For The Best Fried Chicken
1. Cut up the chicken
You may notice that if the pieces are not cut evenly, then when you fry the chicken they will not cook evenly. While the chicken wings, thighs and drumsticks are more easy to handle, I find chicken breasts are most prone to overcooking, since they tend to get golden and crispy on the outside sooner than they are thoroughly cooked on the inside. Therefore, I highly recommend you to cut each chicken breast into two or three smaller pieces.
2. Marinate to get the best flavor
This is truly the most crucial step that affects the whole game. Marinade is an acidic liquid that penetrates the chicken and carries rich flavors into it. Moreover, when chicken, as well as other kinds of meat, is cooked over a direct flame, heterocyclic amines (HCA) – agents that potentially cause cancer, are created.
These harmful agents can be reduced, as much at 99% when the chicken is marinated in an acidic marinade. Also, the marinade helps break down the protein chain in chicken, thus making it more tender. Good job, marinade the savior!
3. Fry in batches
The chicken can be cooked in two ways: deep-frying, in which the chicken is fried in a high enough volume of fat or oil to cover it completely; and pan-frying, in which less oil or fat is used and the chicken is flipped at least once so that both sides are cooked.
No matter which method you use, don’t overcrowd the pan. Too many pieces at onceone time will cause the oil temperature of your oil to drop too low, leading toresulting in greasy, soggy and less crispy chicken. For that reason, frying in small batches to maintain a steady temperature is ideal.
4. Let your chicken rest on a rack
A lot of recipes for fried chicken tell you to drain excess oil by placing the chicken on paper towels or newspaper. In fact, this prevents the air circulation that happens right after you take out the chicken from the pan; when the chicken is still hot, steam is released but then blocked by the paper towels. The steam will instantly stick to the hot meat, causing them to go from crispy to soggy.
Therefore, get rid of the towels and say hi to the cooling rack! When you place the fried chicken pieces on the rack, hot air can circulate the same way cold air does and the bottom won’t get soggy from absorbing residual steam. This tool is indeed fried food’s best friend!
Dipping Sauces That Matches Fried Chicken
Dipping sauces are an effortless way to kick up the flavor of your favorite fried chicken. They enhance the flavor, add moisture and even adjust the texture. Here are my family’s most adored dipping sauces, which I highly recommend trying. Let’s make every chicken dinner party fresh and surprising just by changing the dipping sauce!
Honey mustard: My family, especially the children, is in overwhelming love with this sweet, creamy honey mustard sauce! Simply combine ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and voila, one of the best dipping sauces is ready in just 3 minutes!
Teriyaki: This amazing sauce is originated in Japan. It may sounds sophisticated, but you can make this delicious teriyaki sauce in just 15 minutes.
Here’s a quick instruction for you: In a medium pan, mix together ½ cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 4 teaspoons minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 2 tablespoon vinegar. Heat up until it starts to simmer and reduce the heat to low afterwards. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the 1/4 cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens to your desired thickness.
Pesto: When it comes to sour sauce, pesto is always my choice for the household. It’s so very versatile that it’s not only perfect on chicken, but pasta and sandwiches as well. To make pesto, simply whisk together 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup basil pesto and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese until smooth. Whether left to chill or served immediately, pesto is the bomb.
Alright, without further ado, here are are the best-loved fried chicken recipes! I hope you have a wonderful time cooking up these delicacies in your beloved kitchen!
Top 10 Fried Chicken Recipes
1. Keto chicken tenders
Say hello to K.F.C! By that I mean keto fried chicken! These keto chicken tenders are here to prove that the best fried chicken doesn’t come from a restaurant chain – it comes from your home kitchen! Even better, this dish is perfectly suitable for your keto diet. Yes, you hear me correctly. You can enjoy these crunchy, flavorful and juicy chicken pieces while going keto. This is a dish that will be loved by your whole family.
2. Buttermilk country fried chicken
Weeknight dinners don’t have to be so tough and time-consuming to be tasty. 2 hours of marinating and 30 minutes of cooking is all you need to get this amazing buttermilk country fried chicken on the table! The magic that makes this dish so delicious comes from the simple buttermilk marinade and the irresistible flavor of thyme.
3. Grandmother Grace’s fried chicken
Ahh, the ultimate classic fried chicken, the king of everything fried, something that every kid begs to eat for their birthday party. With just a few ingredients and one skillet, grandmother Grace’s fried chicken is insanely easy to make and incredibly enjoyable to taste. Not to mention the combination of honey and tabasco drizzled directly on the crispy chicken pieces, this dish simply fulfills every kid’s dream.
4. Coconut chicken
At first glance, chicken and coconut might seem like a strange combination, but trust me, it’s a dish to die for! Besides, making this coconut chicken is not difficult at all. It includes all the basic steps of a regular fried chicken: you dip the chicken pieces in seasoned cornstarch, then in the egg wash, followed by sweetened coconut flakes, and finally you fry it. Make sure you try this out at the next dinner party – it’s sure to impress!
5. Baked fried chicken
When life gives you chicken, if you don’t want to fry it, bake it! Sometimes, deep-frying chicken can be really intimidating: Splattering oil means tiring clean-up. Therefore, this baked fried chicken will not only satisfy every palate, but also save you from cleaning up the hot mess after frying chicken in such an old-fashioned way. Did I mention that it’s super juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside? Delish!
6. Oven fried chicken taquitos
Are you a fan of Mexican food but find it expensive? Then this oven fried chicken taquitos recipe is designed just for you! It’s so easy and fast that you only need 40 minutes to pull this dish together. Rolling the taquitos could be a bit messy at first, but it’s a fun thing to do. In any case, you’ll get used to it soon enough.
7. Korean fried chicken
Say hello to K.F.C … again? This time, it’s Korean fried chicken, a fragrant and mouth-watering chicken dish inspired by Eastern cuisine. What makes this dish so special is the Korean chile paste – the gochujang. This paste, along with other ingredients that make the marinade, lends a nice deep dark flavor and a bit of sweetness to the chicken. You can find this Korean chile paste at any Asian grocery store.
8. Fried chicken with creamy honey mustard
Everyone’s favorite chicken just got much tastier, thanks to the fantastic creamy honey mustard sauce. This sauce is so outstanding that it’ll make every bite unforgettable! Besides, instead of egg wash, mayonnaise is combined with many spices to make the coating. This alternative is truly brilliant because it does not only keep the chicken moist and delicious, but also helps the crumbs be attached better. I believe that fried chicken with creamy honey mustard will become a part of your regular dinner rotation very soon!
9. Nashville hot chicken
The legend … wait for it … dary Nashville hot chicken! This amazing dish is totally makable in your home kitchen! If you are concerned about this chicken being too spicy for your family and friends, don’t worry: the heat level is totally customizable. It will take you about 70 minutes to pull it together, but will taste superb, as if you spent all day preparing it.
10. Honey garlic crispy chicken
This honey garlic crispy chicken ticks so many boxes: Simple and quick, smells good and looks stunning with tender meat, crispy skin and rich sweet sauce. The secret to this fantastic dish lies in the honey garlic sauce. The thickness of the sauce is totally modifiable, depending on the amount of cornstarch added. Make sure you don’t make it too liquidy! Next time when you have to prepare dinner for a crowd, pull up this treat, because it is a true party pleaser!