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Can You Really Improve Fried Chicken With Powdered Sugar?
By Kalea Martin
While the components of fried chicken are simple — flour, buttermilk, chicken, and cooking oil — the ratios of each one and your frying technique can make or break the dish. Flour is a crucial part of the recipe, and while some people substitute it with cornstarch, neither adds flavor quite like powdered sugar.
According to self-proclaimed "cowboy cook" Kent Rollins, powdered sugar is a crucial ingredient in fried chicken. For his recipe, Rollins uses the normal dry mixture of flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and a slew of different seasonings before adding powdered sugar to produce the “crispiest, tenderest” fried chicken.
Many fried chicken recipes call for tangy ingredients like buttermilk and pickle juice, so the addition of sweet powdered sugar can even out those elements ever so slightly. If you want to enhance not just the texture of your fried chicken but also the flavor, powdered sugar seems to be one of your best bets.