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11 Out of This World Fried Chicken Recipes for National Fried Chicken Day

July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and that’s a holiday that I can wholeheartedly get behind. It may not be a nationally recognized holiday or show up on any office calendars, but any holiday that celebrates juicy chicken surrounded by flavor packed, crispy, crunchy crust.. sign me up!!!!

When I think of summer and picnics I invariably think of eating cold fried chicken out of a wicker basket while relaxing on a blanket with the sun on my skin and the wind tousling my hair.  There’s something about fried chicken that just makes my tummy, my heart and my soul happy.

Fried chicken is the food of childhood, happy memories and lazy afternoons.

Whether you prefer your chicken buttermilk brined and salty, or you like it with a bit of spice in the crispy coating, or perhaps you like yours with a bit of sweet, as in chicken and waffles.

There’s something for everyone in these 11 mouth wateringly delicious fried chicken recipes.  There’s even a little surprise recipe thrown in there for fun.

So tell me, how do you like your fried chicken?  Crispy, spicy, sweet, traditional, non-traditional?  Do you have a family recipe passed down through the ages on a well worn recipe card or are you still searching for that perfect best ever fried chicken recipe.

  • 11 Out of This World Fried Chicken Recipes 1 of 12
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    11 of the most delicious and mouth watering recipes from around the web

  • Waffle Fried Chicken 2 of 12
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    This waffle fried chicken from The Noshery takes restaurant chicken and waffles, turns it on its head and makes it even better.  Take your favorite waffle recipe, batter your favorite fried chicken in it and you've got this amazing recipe that will wow your family and friends.  Get the recipe for Waffle Fried Chicken on The Noshery.

  • Gluten Free Spicy Skillet Fried Chicken 3 of 12
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    Fried Chicken has been off limits for those with gluten allergies, but Gluten-Free is Me author, Chef Phoebe, has created a wonderful Spicy Skillet Fried Chicken that can be made gluten free!!  Let them eat chicken! The Spicy Skillet Fried Chicken recipe can be found on Feed Me Phoebe.

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken 4 of 12
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    There are few things more southern than buttermilk soaked fried chicken and this traditional Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe from Pocket Change Gourmet looks like a perfect picnic treat!

  • Sweet Potato Chip Oven Fried Chicken 5 of 12
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     With a crisp sweet potato outside and a tender, juicy inside this looks like a great way to get fried chicken even for those who don't normally eat fried chicken!  Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Chip Fried Chicken on Gimme Some Oven.

  • Good Ol Fried Chicken 6 of 12
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    I love Katie's brined chicken recipe, brining adds a little extra something delicious to poultry and this sounds like it makes a wonderfully juicy chicken inside a perfectly crispy crust.  YUM.  Get Katie's recipe for Good Ol' Fried Chicken on The Hill Country Cook.

  • Django Unchained Inspired Fried Chicken 7 of 12
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    Inspired by a love for the movie Django Unchained, this Fried Chicken recipe also comes with two bonus recipes!!!  Get the recipe for Django Unchained Fried Chicken on Babble.

  • Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken 8 of 12
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    The name of this recipe alone has me itching to get in the kitchen and try it out, then seeing that it is a Popeye's Chicken inspired fried chicken complete with Delta sauce -  Get in mah belleh! Get the Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce recipe on FromAway.

  • 4 ingredient Mother Clucker Doughnut 9 of 12
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    I had my first chicken and waffle experience while in Austin at BlogHer Food, I've decided there is absolute brilliance in the salty, spicy, crunchy, sweet combination -which of course means that I HAVE to try this {4 ingredient} Mother Clucker Donut recipe by The Domestic Rebel.

  • Rosemary Brined Fried Chicken 10 of 12
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    For something a bit on the more gourmet side (if fried chicken can ever be gourmet) this Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe from epicurious is sure to fit the bill.

  • Fried Pretzel Chicken 11 of 12
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    Crispy Pretzel coating and juicy chicken, yes please!   This recipe for Pretzel Chicken from Eclectic Recipes looks like something that my kids and husband will love!

  • Fried Chicken Cookies 12 of 12
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    I know it isn't technically Fried Chicken, but seriously y'all - how CUTE are these Fried Chicken Cookies from Bake at 350!!!

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