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9 1/2 Fried Chicken Batter Ideas to Please Anyone

Forget the soggy fried chicken you grab from the late-night takeout and make your own for an improved flavor, ultimate texture and customized batter or coating. Whether you are into drumsticks, wings, breast, or mixed chicken pieces, you cannot go wrong when you choose to make your own chicken batter recipes. You can even make oven-fried chicken to get the same deep-fried flavor and crunch but without those extra calories, and the recipes are really easy to make!Chicken is an economical meat and you probably already have all those batter-making ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. Served with creamy homemade coleslaw and perhaps some onion rings or mashed potatoes on the side, fried chicken is one of those meals no one ever seems to get tired of. Just the aroma of the chicken cooking in the fryer or oven means everyone gravitates toward the kitchen, knowing something delicious is going to be on the table soon.

Perhaps you are only familiar with one type of fried chicken coating, or maybe you have tried a few. But apart from the usual suspects, have you ever tried coating your chicken with pecans, mashed potato flakes or even Italian breadcrumbs? You can vary your chicken batter to keep things fresh. Perhaps you are in the mood for something crispy and crunchy, or maybe you want to use buttermilk or breadcrumbs on your chicken pieces. Either way, all of these recipes are surprisingly simple to prepare, and the chicken does not take long to fry to crispy perfection either.

If you are on the lookout for new chicken batter ideas, keep reading and see which ones you have already tried and which batter ideas catch your eye. We have plenty of recipes for you here, showing you how to add new flavors and textures to your chicken, so you can make an incredible meal for the whole family to tuck into. Many people like to enjoy fried chicken regularly, either oven-fried chicken or the regular deep-fried kind, but we have plenty of recipes and suggestions to ensure you will not run out of ideas. We recommend you use chicken thighs and drumsticks for the very best results. Continue reading

Crispy Ritz Cracker Fried Chicken

The next time you want to make fried chicken, consider using Ritz cracker crumbs to make the coating instead of using seasoned flour. You will be able to taste the unmistakable flavor of these crackers in the finished coating, and they will also add an attractive color to the chicken. Perhaps you already have some Ritz crackers in the cupboard.

How to Make the Coating

Converting whole crackers into cracker crumbs is important, and the smaller you get the crumbs the better they will stick to the chicken, so you can either put them in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and smash them with a rolling pin or meat mallet, or else use a food processor or blender to do the same job in less time. You will also need to prepare a seasoned egg mixture and a seasoned flour mixture, because the chicken will be dipped in each one. If you want to double-layer the egg and flour mixture, that is your choice. It results in a slightly thicker coating if you do that. The chicken then needs to sit for a while so the coating can dry.

Although you can deep-fry this if you wish, pan-frying is perhaps more convenient, and pounded chicken takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes to cook to perfection. Feel free to tweak the seasonings if you wish, and even swap the Ritz crackers for saltines if you only have those. Some people like to add some cayenne pepper to spice things up, while others might throw in some parmesan cheese or crushed French-fried onions. Continue reading

Oven-Fried Chicken with a Crispy Cornflake Crust

This recipe is a real winner and the whole family will love it. The chicken is coated in a flour, egg, milk and seasoning mixture, then in the cornflakes. It is drizzled with butter and then baked in the oven, and it will come out perfectly crunchy and delicious. This is a recipe you will definitely want to print out or bookmark, because the results are great.

Why Cornflakes Make a Great Coating

Cornflakes are naturally crispy, and whether you crush them up or use them whole, they make a wonderful coating for your chicken. They look great on the finished chicken and their flavor suits the taste of the meat. Because of this corn flavor you will probably not want to serve corn on the cob or cornbread with the finished dish, because that would be corn overkill! Fortunately there are plenty of other delicious side dishes for fried chicken, such as coleslaw, fries, green salad, or anything else you are in the mood for.

Some people recommend brining the chicken for 4 hours in 4 cups of water with a handful of kosher salt and a handful of white sugar added. This is optional but it does improve the texture and make the chicken extra-moist. The paprika and garlic in our recipe are optional ingredients so, if you do not have them, just leave them out, and the recipe will still turn out really well. Throw some cayenne pepper in there too if you want to spice the dish up a little. Continue reading

Mashed Potato Flake Oven-Fried Chicken

This unusual recipe uses seasoned potato flakes to add a crisp coating to chicken pieces, and the result is very tasty. The chicken will come out of the oven crispy and golden brown, just like fried chicken but with fewer calories and less fat. Cleanup is quick and easy, and this is a dish the whole family is going to love and request again and again. You can take the skin off the chicken before coating if you want, or else leave it on.

Why Use Mashed Potato Flakes

Potato is a popular side dish for fried chicken, whether it is served as mashed potatoes, fries or even potato salad, but if you want to combine the flavor of potato with the flavor of chicken and have different side dishes, this is the recipe to choose, because you will have that wonderful potato taste in every bite of the chicken, along with a golden brown coating that has crisped up beautifully. Skinless chicken pieces are good to use in this recipe, and you might wish to serve some biscuits and buttered peas on the side, or even some homemade coleslaw, to round out the meal.

To coat the chicken with no mess, you can put the potato flake mixture in a Ziploc bag, then add the egg-coated chicken in there, pressing the potato flake mixture on with your fingers through the plastic. If you want to use the deep-frying you will also get a good result but, to be honest, the oven-frying technique works so well with this particular recipe you might as well just cook it in there and have a healthier result. The choice is yours of course. Continue reading

Fried Chicken with Italian Everything Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are a popular coating for chicken, especially when combined with seasoned flour and egg, and you have the choice of dried or fresh breadcrumbs. If you have some stale bread to use up, consider making a breaded chicken recipe. The type of bread you use determines the flavor of the finished chicken, and there are lots of types to choose from.

Why Use Italian Everything Bread

Although ciabatta, whole wheat or even plain old white bread will all yield satisfactory breadcrumbs, Italian everything bread, which is widely available, is very popular in our household. This type of bread has seeds and grains on top, so you are going to get an interesting texture in the finished dish, along with more flavors. Just process the bread for a few seconds in the blender or food processor to convert it into breadcrumbs, then you can make the following recipe. The bread does not have to be stale, but if you do find yourself with leftover stale bread, this is a great way to use it up.

Depending how thick the slices of bread are, you will need about 8 slices to get 2½ cups of breadcrumbs. If you enjoy this recipe you might want to make it often. Something else you can try is coating fish filets in this breadcrumb mixture, then serving them with lemon wedges. Fish would have a much shorter cooking time of course. This Italian everything breadcrumb chicken is cooked in a pan in butter, so you can expect an incredible flavor along with a nice crunch. Continue reading