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Our 12 Best Fried Chicken Recipes (& the One That's Right for You)

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Fried chicken is not something to mess around with. There's the hot oil, of course, but then there are the preferences (as our brave Design & Home editor Amanda Sims put it when she fried chicken for the first time last summer, "People have opinions about how to cook fried chicken!"): seasoned or straight-up, spicy or comforting, deep- or shallow-fried, served hot or cold.

If you're nervous about the prospect of frying up a batch, we don't blame you, but after you've done it once, well, you can do anything.

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Whether you're a seasoned chicken-fryer or a first-timer, whether you like Korean-style or classic Southern, there's a recipe (and a technique!) out there for you:

If your style is white-tee, blue-jeans, no-nonsense:

This recipe gets a double-dredge for extra coating...

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Buttermilk Fried Chicken

...while this recipe focuses more on the chicken than the dredge:

Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken

If you're looking for something a little more over-the-top:

These wings are double-fried for crispiness, and made punchy with vinegar-ginger-soy glaze brushed on post-fry.

Korean Fried Chicken Wings (KFC)
Korean Fried Chicken Wings (KFC)

If you're frying-phobic:

Save the vat of oil for another day and let the oven do the work:

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Grandma Virginia's Oven-Fried Chicken
Grandma Virginia's Oven-Fried Chicken

If it's your first time frying (psst—here's a video to guide you!):

Buttermilk & Pimentón Fried Chicken
Buttermilk & Pimentón Fried Chicken

If you can't decide between Indian food and fried chicken:

Chicken 65 (Indian Fried Chicken)
Chicken 65 (Indian Fried Chicken)

If you've got a mind to serve it for brunch:

Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle
Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle

If extra-crunchy is the name of the game:

This recipe uses baking soda in the dredge to ensure crispy-crunchiness.

Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken

If you want a super-seasoned, herby, garlicky chicken:

Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken
Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken
Big Mama's Fried Chicken
Big Mama's Fried Chicken

If you want to fry now, serve (still crunchy and perfect and hot) later:

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken

What's your fried chicken style? Tell us in the comments below!

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