You can still have your fried chicken and eat it too. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Oven-Fried Chicken, uses corn cereal crumbs and crushed crackers to create a delicious coating for Ellie’s faux-fried chicken. A light spray of olive oil before baking guarantees lightly crispy results.
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Get the recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken
Until last weekend, I’d never made fried chicken at home. This is primarily because I grew up in a household that did not deep-fry. My mother preferred the kind of cooking that employed a nonstick skillet and the barest coating of heart-friendly olive oil. When we’d go out to eat, she would expound on the many dangers of fried foods and point my sister and me toward lighter, more healthful options. French fries were a very rare treat and chicken fingers came only in baked varieties.
It wasn’t until high school that I had my first piece of fried chicken. A dear friend’s mother prided herself on her perfectly cooked, crisp, tender drumsticks and delighted in making it for us. I gobbled it down hungrily and didn’t tell my family.
In recent years, fried chicken has gotten increasingly trendy. It’s got a pleasantly retro-kitsch appeal, so higher-end restaurants have begun to add it to their menus. I’ve taken advantage of those offerings on occasion, all the while believing that it was still something best left to professionals or those families with a serious fried chicken tradition.
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- Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC brought Korean-style fried chicken with pickled vegetables to the party.
Burgers and meatballs have become mainstays at the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival. Now fried chicken is getting into the mix. This beloved Southern comfort food was served up by restaurants from around the country last night at Hill Country Barbecue Market, the perfect venue for such an event. Guests meandered through the expansive Texas-style barbecue joint, munching on fried birds both classic and unconventional while a live band played on the lower level.
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Celebrate this crunchy comfort-food holiday with one of Food Network’s top five fried chicken recipes. Whether you pan-fry, deep-fry or oven-fry, this lip-smacking treat is sure to satisfy adults and children. Choose from classic fried chicken or opt for a healthier version by baking chicken with corn cereal crumbs and crushed crackers.
5. Guy’s Fried Chicken
4. Robert’s Pan Fried Chicken, Parsley Pan Jus
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Chances are you’ll be grilling burgers and dogs all summer long, so switch things up this Memorial Day by making fried chicken. Whether you’re making a small batch for your family or celebrating with a large crowd, you will become a fan fave with juicy chicken that’s crispy and golden all the way around.
Get the recipe: Buttermilk Fried Chicken
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