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20 Scrumptious Fried Chicken Recipes

Lots of variety in this week’s Hit List for cooking up some delicious fried chicken, yum! This popular comfort food may be a diet-buster but I have included a few healthified ideas to check out if you’re wanting to lighten things up a bit.

SamplesI’ve made sure to include Southern-style and extra crispy versions too. Lots here, you’re sure to find a new favorite in this bunch.

First up: Did someone really figure out the secret for KFC? Don’t tell the colonel [1]:

Ron Douglas shares the ingredients for his version of KFC’s 11 herbs and spices:

  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Accent


*Ingredients specified in the descriptions below are just a sample and not a complete list

  1. With Pan Gravy [2]: Serves 4, ingredients include buttermilk, sliced onions, chopped garlic, seasoning salt, fat free milk, flour. From Life’s Ambrosia.
  2. Ginger [3]: Low-sodium soy sauce, sake, peeled, minced fresh ginger. Found at SFGate.
  3. Planks [4]: The taste and texture promise to be amazing, slices of chicken breasts are coated with a mixture of saltine crackers and beaten eggs. From Southern Plate.
  4. Southern [5]: Hot red pepper sauce, self-rising flour, pepper, house seasoning (includes directions for making). From Paula Deen at The Food Network.
  5. Hot ‘n Spicy [6]: From Betty’s Soul Food Collection… Add black-eyed peas or a mess of greens and lots of cornbread. From Betty Crocker.
  6. Super-Crunchy [7]: (these are baked) Fat-free buttermilk, red pepper sauce, finely crushed cornflakes, paprika, thyme. Found at Delish.
  7. Kentucky (vintage) [8]: From an old newspaper clipping, includes Italian salad dressing mix, lemon juice, pancake mix, paprika, sage, and other basic ingredients. From RecipeCurio.com.
  8. Spicy [9]: (done in the oven) Don’t be intimidated by the amount of hot pepper sauce in the marinade; the meat will pick up only some of the heat. From Epicurious.
  9. Single Serving [10]: Tabasco, cayenne pepper, ground laurel (optional), peanut or canola oil. From The Beet Goes On.
  10. Herb [11]: A half-cup of fresh sage or parsley is added to flour mixture to make the coating. From Better Homes & Gardens.
  11. Oven Cooked [12]: Crunchy & flavorful, marinated in buttermilk to keep it juicy. From Eating Well.
  12. Supercrunchy [13]: This combination looks like a sodden mess when you put it together but fries up beautifully. For the best crust and flavor, use a combination of lard and butter, but olive oil (or neutral oil like corn or grapeseed) is fine also. From The New York Times.
  13. Lemon-Brined [14]: Juicy and and delectably crisp, chef Thomas Keller soaks it in a lemony brine, then coats it before frying. From Food & Wine.
  14. Lime Strips [15]: Chinese Five-Spice, oregano, red pepper flakes, lime wedges, jalapeno pepper. From Ceramic Canvas.
  15. Flavorful [16]: Marinated for 24 hours in a brine mixture before coating in flour. From Ceramic Canvas.
  16. Crispy Pretzel Coating [17]: Pretzels are ground up in a food processor with caraway seeds, cumin and chile powder (you can also crush by hand in a heavy-duty plastic bag). From Dramatic Pancake.
  17. Extra Crispy & Spicy [18]: Buttermilk, hot red pepper sauce, eggs, garlic powder, peanut oil. From Meg’s Every Day Indulgence.
  18. Jeffery Hobbs Version [19]: Yields 5 pounds, marinated in a brine mixture that contains Kosher salt, sugar, Worcestershire, bay leaves and water. From Entree Dallas.
  19. Gluten-Free [20]: Makes about 3 pounds, flours used are sorghum, corn and quinoa. Other items are potato starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, egg whites and seasonings. From Michael Ruhlman.
  20. Healthified [21]: (oven) Yields 6 servings and made with apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, crushed cornflakes, thyme and more. From Fitness Magazine.