3 Homemade Fried Chicken Recipe Hacks

fried chicken recipe hacks

Not sure if your stomach is aware, but today is National Fried Chicken Day! With summer picnics on the calendar, it’s the perfect time to whip out the checkered tablecloths, pull out the potato salad, and serve it all up with fried chicken that you’ve made right in your own kitchen.

Rather than spend money on fast food chicken, we’ve found three delicious fried chicken recipe hacks that taste just like the classics you enjoy.

kfc spices

It doesn’t matter whether you bake it, fry it or dredge it in buttermilk. If the spices are right, you can get a great tasting batch of home-cooked fried chicken, perfect for parties and picnics. Here’s our take on the ultimate fried chicken spice mixture. Keeping KFC’s flavor in mind, this delicious recipe packs the same flavor punch!

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  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 ½ cups flour

Make It Like Popeye’s

popeyes fried chicken

Want to make the best fried chicken ever? If you love that crispy crust on Popeye’s chicken, you’ll love this gorgeous homemade recipe. Start by dredging your chicken in flour, dunk in buttermilk, then dredge in flour again. You won’t be disappointed!

Tastes Like KFC!

kfc fried chicken

For amazing fried chicken like KFC, the secret is to brine the chicken in an herb-lemon brine for 12 hours before frying for moist, juicy chicken.

Fast-Food But Better!

gluten free fried chicken

Fast food fried chicken may taste great, but it can give you some serious gluten gut. Try making your fried chicken gluten-free or paleo? Use coconut flour to make killer low-carb, gluten-free fried chicken.

Before you shop: You might think fried chicken originated in America, but technically, the concept of frying chicken started in the Middle Ages in Europe.

brooke-mclayBrooke McLay is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, food writer, and single mom to four rad kids. Author of two cookbooks and the beloved blog, CheekyKitchen.com, her creative approach to fast, fresh, family-friendly foods has garnered her regular gigs with Disney’s Babble.com, Tablespoon.com, Good Cook, and Coupons.com.