Ahhh, fried chicken — crispy, golden and utterly delicious. Fried chicken is a classic American comfort food loved by all ages and made for all occasions. With crisp, craggy, and lightly spiced crust on the outside and moist buttermilk marinated meat on the inside, it’s no wonder why so many people love fried chicken. There is magic in fried chicken that makes it equally delicious hot, cold, and any temperature in between. Such a revered dish can seem intimidating to make yourself, and the need for deep frying can also cause people to hesitate to make a recipe, no matter how delicious it might be.
Follow our comprehensive step-by-step guide to making fried chicken at home, with no fancy equipment, and check out the different fried recipes that we love best.
Throughout summer, fried chicken becomes a weekly feature in our diets, whether it’s at a picnic, on a lunchbreak beach trip, as part of a satisfying brunch, or just, well, dinner. That's why we suggest that this year, you spend some part of your summer perfecting your own fried chicken at home. This may sound like a recipe for a messy disaster, a burned hand, and soggy chicken, but if you follow our top tips and tricks, we promise this won’t be the case.
Read on to find out exactly how to make your fried chicken in your own kitchen. We’ll talk you through every step of the way, starting with what your brine should be made of for the juiciest, tangiest chicken, followed by how to coat the chicken for a craggy, crispy crust, and finally how to cook it safely and well. We promise you'll love the results if you follow our fried chicken advice.
Hannah Hoskins and Daisy Nichols contributed to this story