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.
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
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.
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.
Nashville Hot Fried Chicken—From Nashville, Tenn.
Barberton Fried Chicken—From Barberton, Ohio
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]