Best Things in Life Are Fried
Fried chicken isn't Kentucky's to claim. It's a global phenomenon with long roots that include a Scottish battering process that gave the world fry-everything chip shops and West African seasoning, unfortunately as a result of recipes traveling with the slave trade. Now, whether it's India's Chicken 65, Southeast Asia's ayam goreng, Japan's karaage and katsu, Hong Kong's shrimp paste chicken, or Korea's own KFC (Korean fried chicken), it has permeated various cultures — and even in the United States, the term "fried chicken" encompasses far more than Col. Harlan Sanders' original recipe. We scoured reviews and rankings by expert food writers and countless hungry customers to find what is considered by many to be some of the best fried chicken in each state.
Note: While many restaurants are closed to dine-in customers due to the pandemic, all of the eateries on this list are offering delivery or to-go orders.