Fried chicken comes in all different shapes and sizes: crispy and Southern, sweetly spicy and Korean-style, on top of waffles, smothered in barbecue sauce, brined in buttermilk, cradled between biscuits, doused in hot sauce, and sweet sauce, and orange chicken sauce... We could go on. We love it all.
Here are 7 of our very favorite fried chicken recipes, each of them so good it doesn't matter which you decide to start with:
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