Get your fried chicken fix with these fast and simple recipes.

The Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken
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After a long weekend of glorious but potentially grueling grilling, the idea of celebrating National Fried Chicken Day by whipping up a big batch might seem daunting and exhausting. Don’t worry. We’ve made it a breeze with these eight fast and simple fried chicken recipes.

1. Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel

Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel

Chef Thomas Keller uses panko bread crumbs to give chicken an instant, crunchy crust. He pounds the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness in order to cut down on cooking time.

2. The Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken

The Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken
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This no-fail, no-fuss version of classic fried chicken has a perfectly seasoned crust—the trick is cornstarch—and juicy meat.

3. Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu

These crispy egg-and-panko-coated chicken cutlets are simple to make but insanely satisfying.

4. Spicy-Sticky Fried Chicken

Spicy-Sticky Fried Chicken

Ready in just 45 minutes, this Asian-inspired fried chicken is a guaranteed crowd pleasure.

5. Oven-Fried Chicken

Oven-Fried Chicken

No need to heat up any oil, this easy recipe calls for baking the crispy chicken in the oven.

6. Fried Chicken Cutlets with Salsa

Using chicken cutlets instead of bone-in chicken keeps cooking time down. Topping them with fresh, basil-flecked salsa makes this a deliciously summery dish.

7. Curry Fried Chicken

Curry Fried Chicken

Curry powder and red-pepper flakes add an Indian-inspired twist to this quick American classic.

8. Smoky Fried Chicken


Rubbing chicken in a mix of salt, paprika, chile powder, brown sugar and black pepper gives it a terrific depth of smoky flavor.

9. Easy Fried Chicken


This simple, classic fried chicken is moist, juicy and perfect for your next picnic.