5 Crispy Chicken Recipes (No Deep Fryer Required)
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Why it works: There's more surface area for the meat to make contact with the oven's heat, which results in supercrispy skin.
Try it: Devil's Chicken with Sweet Peppers and Onions (Roast Chicken Diavolo)
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Why it works: Some sort of coating—which you can apply once, twice or even three times, with a dip in some liquid, such as milk, egg white or light buttermilk—gives chicken drumsticks and thighs that signature thick crust. High heat is key: Crank the oven up to at least 400.
Try it: Oven (Tastes Like Southern) Fried Chicken
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Why it works: The ham (you can use prosciutto or even bacon) fries up in a flash, forming a crisp exterior around juicy and perfectly cooked chicken.
Try it: Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham
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Why it works: Since the strips are slender, they typically only need one coat of bread crumbs, crushed corn flakes, etc., to get crisp. Just as it's starting to turn golden, the meat will be perfectly cooked and still moist.
Try it: Chicken Strips
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Why it works: In most ovens, the broiler is located on the top, radiating down onto the food. The direct heat cooks food fast (keep a close eye on it to avoid burning), so thighs probably only need 5 minutes per side to be fully cooked with a lovely golden edge.
Try it: Crispy Broiled Chicken Thighs