Tyler Florence is a fried chicken fanatic. "Growing up in South Carolina, I ate it at least once a week," he says. Over the course of his 20-plus-year career, the TV food star and chef and co-owner of San Francisco's Wayfare Tavern has experimented with dozens of fried-chicken recipes. At his lab in Marin County, he came up with what just might be the world's best version. "Before frying, I bake the chicken at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours, so it has amazing texture and flavor, and is superbly moist," he notes, adding that if the oven temperature goes above 212 degrees, the moisture starts to evaporate. Then he coats the chicken in seasoned flour, a recipe from one of his Southern grandmothers, and fries it in garlic-and-herb-infused oil. The result: chicken that's miraculously crispy and perfectly moist.
Recipe: Extra Crispy Fried Chicken