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Cookout food is essentially food for the soul. A cookout is a meal shared with friends and family — and they're rooting for you. Singer John Legend, who shared his entertaining tips with Stella Artois for its A to Z Guide to Hosting Beautifully, says that when it comes to hosting, it comes in handy to have a secret recipe: "That one legendary dish that becomes infamous [sic], a dish [so good] that no one will pass on your invite."
Fried chicken just might be that dish. It’s perfect for any occasion. It’s the one dish that is easy to create and favored by many. There are so many ways to cook it, and so many ways you can own and make it your own. From the spices you use to the way you brine it, everything makes a huge difference when it comes to prepping the yardbird.
While classic Southern fried chicken is very popular, we have ten great variations you should try. Some include Caribbean infusion, Asian and Middle Eastern marinades just to name a few. With these great recipes your legendary dish is already taken care of, the only thing left to think of is what savory side dishes you will pair with it.
Baked Southern Fried Chicken with Barbecue Sauce
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This delicious and slimmed-down version of everyone's favorite — fried chicken — is a recipe you'll want to make over and over again for the family. Oven-baking the chicken cuts out the grease, while a tangy barbecue sauce makes it finger-lickin' good.
Beasley's Chicken + Honey Fried Chicken Recipe
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Chef Ashley Christensen of Beasley's Chicken + Honey in Raleigh, North Carolina, shares her recipe for old-fashioned, Southern fried chicken. Served hot off the stove or chilled in the fridge, this dish is the perfect summertime entree.