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Fried Chicken 101

Martha Stewart Living Television

A basket of crispy fried chicken is perfect for a picnic: It's tasty, and you can eat it with your hands. The key to making it is marinating the meat in buttermilk overnight or for at least eight hours. The buttermilk tenderizes the chicken and gives it a rich, slightly tangy flavor. For a little extra kick, add a generous amount of Tabasco.

Although eating fried chicken might cause concern for the health conscious, panfried chicken actually absorbs very little oil; for example, eight servings of chicken (two per person) absorb only about 2 3/4 tablespoons of oil.

Serve the chicken with a scoop of coleslaw and a glass of lemonade.

Comments (5)

  • 13 Sep, 2008

    I just made this for an end-of-summer picnic, and it was a big hit. Beautiful, crunchy exterior, succulent tasty interior. It tastes even better cold. As a matter of fact, I hear the left over chicken in the fridge calling for me right now.

  • 9 Sep, 2008


  • 9 Sep, 2008

    yummy chicken

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    fried chicken is my favorite

  • 20 Dec, 2007

    very, very good. especially with the tabasco! important to keep it on the wire rack so the skin stays crispy