Everyday Health

Southerners may grunt and grumble about the travesty of “fried” chicken not being cooked in big skillets of melted lard, but we’d bring this crispy, succulent bird to a church potluck without batting an eye.

A long soak in buttermilk spiked liberally with hot sauce both tenderizes and flavors the meat, while the spiced panko provides a layer of captivating crunch. We won’t go as far as to say you won’t taste the difference. Properly fried chicken has a depth of flavor that stretches straight to your soul. But we can say with confidence that this chicken hits the spot.

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