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.