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6 of the Best Fried Chicken Recipes From Across the USA

From hot and spicy to ultra-crunchy, here are some of our favorite takes on this iconic American dish.
By Published Aug. 8, 2018

Fried chicken is up there with apple pie and hamburgers as one of America's iconic foods. And if you're into this dish as much as we are, you know that not all fried chicken is the same. Over the years we've traveled thousands of miles to sample variations on the theme, then developed recipes—dozens of recipes—so you can share the goodness at home. Here are six of the best fried chicken recipes to ever come out of the test kitchen.

North Carolina Dipped Fried Chicken—From Salisbury, N.C.

North Carolina Dipped Fried Chicken

This impossibly crunchy fried chicken stands up to a dunk in a sharp, tangy, peppery sauce. We visited Salisbury, North Carolina, birthplace of this local favorite, to learn some of the secrets. [GET THE RECIPE]

Hawaiian Fried Chicken—From Hawaii

Hawaiian-Style Fried Chicken

Ginger, soy sauce, and sesame give these boneless fried chicken thighs a decidedly Pacific flavor. Potato starch in the coating makes them extra crunchy, making them the perfect addition to sandwiches. [GET THE RECIPE]

Garlic Fried Chicken—From Bakersfield, Calif.

Garlic Fried Chicken

Tips from those in the know led us to Bakersfield, California, birthplace of this intensely flavorful chicken. Garlic in the marinade, garlic in the coating, and garlic in the finishing sauce gives it a savory, three-fer garlic punch. [GET THE RECIPE]

Creole Fried Chicken—From New Orleans, La.

Creole Fried Chicken

It’s all about the pepper in the coating for this Louisiana-style fried chicken: White pepper, black pepper, and cayenne. Oh, and plenty of Tabasco in the marinade. [GET THE RECIPE]

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken—From Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Some folks bite into this impossibly spicy fried chicken tentatively, but we suggest diving in with reckless abandon. Your lips will quickly go numb—so be sure to serve it with our Basic Creamy Coleslaw recipe. [GET THE RECIPE]

Barberton Fried Chicken—From Barberton, Ohio

Barberton Fried Chicken

A coating based on crisp panko-style bread crumbs gives this Ohio original a unique crunch; minimal extras in the seasoning puts the focus on the juicy, tender chicken meat. [GET THE RECIPE]

If you’re looking for more juicy, delicious fried chicken recipes we’ve got you covered.