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What do you put on your fried chicken?

fldhkybnva Apr 30, 2013 05:53 PM

I love condiments and think it's interesting which people prefer for different foods. What's your favorite condiment for fried chicken? For fried chicken, I'm a hot sauce girl - Texas Pete or Crystal.

  1. juliejulez Apr 30, 2013 05:58 PM

    BBQ sauce for me, if I do anything.

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    1. re: juliejulez
      EWSflash Mar 28, 2014 08:07 PM

      Well, once in a while, yes

    2. weezieduzzit Apr 30, 2013 05:59 PM

      Hot sauce.... Tapatio, sriracha, Cholula, I'm an equal opportunity hot sauce eater- use them frequently but loyal to none. With all the peppers I'm growing I think I'll work on my own as a summer project.

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        fldhkybnva Apr 30, 2013 07:08 PM

        I've always wanted to make my own hot sauce, good luck. I imagine it'll be a fun project.

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          lastZZ May 1, 2013 08:31 AM

          Tapatio is my new favorite hot sauce. fairly thick, great color, not crazy hot

        2. Breadcrumbs Apr 30, 2013 06:00 PM

          I love maple syrup warmed w a little sriracha stirred in.

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            rjbh20 Apr 30, 2013 06:11 PM

            I have now seen everything.

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              ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 08:41 PM

              Maple syrup with Sriracha (or other hot sauces) really isn't that odd. It's just like chicken 'n waffles, which is generally eaten with maple syrup and often with a dash of something hot and spicy.

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              latindancer Apr 30, 2013 10:58 PM

              That sounds so good. Yum.

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                calmossimo Apr 30, 2013 11:00 PM

                never thought about doing this but it makes so much delicious sense. thanks for the tip... i'll try to remember it for the next fried chicken run.

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                  juliejulez May 1, 2013 08:54 AM

                  That sounds really good.

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                    Jelly71 May 1, 2013 01:54 PM

                    I am trying to imagine how that would taste and my brain just won't connect the dots on this one. I am going to try it soon. It sounds intriguing.

                  2. TXMandy Apr 30, 2013 06:01 PM

                    A variety of hot sauces, but I love cream gravy too.

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                      TroyTempest May 1, 2013 05:32 PM

                      +1 on cream gravy, made with the dripping from frying the chicken, of course

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                        PotatoHouse May 3, 2013 01:05 PM

                        Amen Brother!

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                          EWSflash Mar 28, 2014 08:08 PM

                          Wow, I had forgotten about that. I will risk a stroke for this
                          especially if it has some sausage fat in it and a ton of pepper

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                          alliegator May 3, 2013 09:21 AM

                          Yum, me too. With tons of black pepper.

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                          Pwmfan Apr 30, 2013 06:22 PM

                          I like to crumble the dried seaweed snack sheets from TJ's/Costco over fried chicken when it's hot. Haven't tried it over cold chicken though.

                          1. LaLa Apr 30, 2013 06:40 PM

                            My mouth...that's it.

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                            1. re: LaLa
                              hambone May 1, 2013 08:58 AM


                            2. Kris in Beijing Apr 30, 2013 07:11 PM

                              After frying, cook again in "feed grade" honey with lost of salt.

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                                Puffin3 May 1, 2013 10:56 AM

                                what is 'feed grade' honey?

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                                  grampart May 1, 2013 02:07 PM

                                  Maybe "food" grade honey?

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                                    Kris in Beijing May 2, 2013 07:05 PM

                                    Honey that's considered only suitable to be fed right back to the bees.
                                    Dark, heavy, thick.

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                                  HillJ Apr 30, 2013 08:25 PM

                                  malt vinegar.

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                                    fldhkybnva Apr 30, 2013 08:47 PM

                                    Oh yea, I do that too with usually anything that's come out of a fryer.

                                  2. ipsedixit Apr 30, 2013 08:39 PM


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                                      James Cristinian May 1, 2013 08:57 AM

                                      ,,,,and pepper. Nothing else needed.

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                                        carolinadawg Mar 30, 2014 04:18 PM

                                        If it's been seasoned properly, it needs neither.

                                    2. PotatoHouse May 1, 2013 02:42 AM

                                      Usually cream gravy, but if not, then pure maple syrup.

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                                        Bkeats May 1, 2013 06:53 AM

                                        Yikes. Good fried chicken with condiments? Never. Gravy is for mashed potatoes and syrup goes on waffles.

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                                          latindancer May 1, 2013 07:35 AM

                                          You've never eaten chicken and waffles together?

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                                            Perilagu Khan May 1, 2013 08:15 AM

                                            I've never tried that, although I am intrigued by the combo. Don't think I'd put any syrup on the chicken, though.

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                                              Bkeats May 2, 2013 06:19 AM

                                              Yes I have and I still don't put anything on the chicken if its good FC.

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                                              rjbh20 May 1, 2013 09:07 AM

                                              Amen. Spending the time and effort to get a perfectly fried & crispy bird and then watching someone drown it in some commercial glop out of a bottle is really disheartining. Might as well pour ketchup on on a torchon of foie gras.

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                                                rockandroller1 May 2, 2013 07:29 AM


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                                                  latindancer May 2, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                  Well, it's not exactly 'drowned' and nobody's saying that it is.

                                                  Just a few drops that've accidentally made their way over from the waffles and the combination is pretty amazing for many of us.
                                                  Roscoe's, the home to chicken 'n waffles, is testimony to that.

                                                  Anyone who'd let ketchup come within close proximity to foie gras has a screw loose.

                                              2. JungMann May 1, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                I have always eaten hot fried chicken with ketchup or a few dashes of hot sauce. Cold fried chicken, on the other hand, gets dipped in a bit of mayo.

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                                                  foodieX2 May 1, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                  traditional southern fried chicken I like as is. Occasionally an extra sprinkle of salt

                                                  1. Perilagu Khan May 1, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                    I take my yardbird straight up.

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                                                      pinehurst May 1, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                      Amen, brother. Hot or cold.

                                                    2. Terrie H. May 1, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                      It hasn't occurred to me to add toppings to fried chicken. A well seasoned dredge or marinade is all I need. It is fun to see the answers, though -- shriracha and maple syrup sounds pretty tasty!

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                                                        lastZZ May 1, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                        Hot sauce and salt. Sliced dill pickles go well with it and cut through the grease somewhat. I like some A1 steak sauce nearby too in case, it goes well on fried chicken. The chicken needs to be hot as possible right out of the frier. I like it when it exudes steam as you cut into it

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                                                          INDIANRIVERFL May 1, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                          Good fried chicken only needs fingers. Hot or cold.

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                                                            scubadoo97 May 1, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                            While I find nothing wrong with condiments on fried chicken, I eat it straight up.

                                                          2. hambone May 1, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                            Normally nothing BUT had the best fried chicken of my life at Greene's in Roswell, GA about a year ago and theirs is served with a little honey/lemon drizzle. Dang, that was tasty!

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                                                              coll May 2, 2013 03:24 AM

                                                              Same with me, I would never think to serve a condiment with fried chicken EXCEPT when I get it at our local southern style place. They give you a cup of their secret sauce, which I'm guessing is Cattleman's Gold salad dressing with hot pepper flakes, whatever it is it's very tangy and spicy. Ha that's their name as a matter of fact, Spicy's!

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                                                                coll May 2, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                Oops, just realized the Cattleman's is BBQ sauce. It really is gold colored though, which is what threw me.

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                                                              Maggie19 May 1, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                              Shark Brand (sriracha) sauce ... Crystal for the money is good on fried chicken as well.

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                                                                Puffin3 May 1, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                I'm sitting here thinking who on earth would put honey or maple syrup on fried chicken?
                                                                Then the mind goes back thirty years to when McDonalds came to town.
                                                                'Chicken McNuggets' with your choice of little plastic 'dippers'. My favorite was the 'Honey-mustard'. LOLOLO

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                                                                  latindancer May 2, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                  I've never had anything in those little plastic 'dipper' things and most likely never will.

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                                                                    TroyTempest May 3, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                    Well, it's not like you're going to spoil the flavor of a McNugget with it.

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                                                                      hambone May 7, 2013 12:11 PM


                                                                2. monkeyrotica May 1, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                  In Washington, DC, we eat our fried chicken wings with mambo sauce.


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                                                                    seamunky May 1, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                    ketchup/tabasco mixture or just pickled peppers on the side

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                                                                      BuildingMyBento May 1, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                      The best fried chicken I've had anywhere was in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. I'm not sure what the ingredients were, but there was a pleasant hint of mustard and chilies.

                                                                      As a result of that meal, I try to dip fried chicken in a variety of mustards. Clearly it's not the same, but I haven't been disappointed yet.

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                                                                        mpjmph May 1, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                        Nothing for traditional fried chicken. For boneless fried chicken pieces (nuggets, strips, etc), I like honey.

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                                                                          sandylc May 1, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                          Usually naked. But I'm not opposed to the maple syrup/sriracha, or honey, or honey with read pepper flakes, or cream gravy, or jalapeno jelly, etc.

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                                                                            tastesgoodwhatisit May 2, 2013 03:09 AM

                                                                            Pepper Salt!

                                                                            It's a Taiwanese powdered condiment that has finely ground pepper, finely powdered salt and some other stuff I'm not 100% sure of - I think cinnamon may involved. In any event, it's the go to topping for breaded deep fried food, and is provided in little packets for fries at Burger King. Sometimes some cayenne powder is added for extra heat.

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                                                                              kitchengardengal May 2, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                                              I love fried chicken dragged through homemade chunky blue cheese dressing. I do it with roast chicken, too.
                                                                              Got that habit from making Buffalo chicken.

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                                                                                hambone May 7, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                I've been told by more than a few in-laws (from the Buffalo area) that the blue cheese is for the celery/carrots, NOT the chicken. (FWIW, I agree with you but if you ever find yourself stuck in Buffalo and the only thing open is a local bar, and you get wings...)

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                                                                                  kitchengardengal May 7, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                                  I'd put blue cheese on just about anything, so Buffalo will just have to accept my rebellious eating habits!
                                                                                  Do your in-laws only dip their celery in the blue cheese? Would they put it on their wings if they had a hankerin' for it, or is that not done? This is the first I've heard of that rule! I'm interested to see what other Hounders say about it.

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                                                                                    hambone May 8, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                    I think it is like putting mayo on an Italian combo/Godfather hero.

                                                                                    Nobody is going to tell you you can't... but no tried and true Brooklyner would do it.

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                                                                                      kitchengardengal May 8, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                      That's okay. I'm not from Brooklyn, either.
                                                                                      Now, if you try and put ketchup on your Chicago dog, well, there's a reason to take your food away from you till you learn how to eat right!

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                                                                                        hambone May 10, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                        Once you get your first 'man hair' you should be banned from putting ketchup on a hot dog.

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                                                                                          linguafood May 10, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                          Boy am I glad I'm a woman. I like my hot dog with ketchup and mustard. Screw relish.

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                                                                                            hambone May 10, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                            ketchup and mustard?

                                                                                            If I'm in New England I'll go native and put ketchup and mustard on my burger...

                                                                                            Whenever possible, I'll put yellow and brown mustard on my street pretzel.

                                                                                            IMHO, relish is only fit for dressing on a Reuben.

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                                                                                              linguafood May 10, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                              I honestly can't even remember the last time I had a hot dog. I had them more often when I was a kid -- it was either a hot dog from the bowling alley or a (fantastic) cheeseburger from the "ranchkeller".

                                                                                              Those weren't fancy dogs, either. The only way they worked for me, in that cottony, flavorless bun, was with ketchup and mustard = a little sweetness and a joke of heat to battle the inherent saltiness of crappy, cheap-ass hot dogs.

                                                                                              Gee, I wonder why I eat them so rarely these days :-D

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                                                                                                grampart May 10, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                "IMHO, relish is only fit for dressing on a Reuben."

                                                                                                It depends on the relish and why would you put in on a Reuben?

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                                                                                                  PotatoHouse May 10, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                  My thought exactly.

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                                                                                                    hambone May 11, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                                                    A Reuben has Russian dressing which has relish (right?)

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                                                                                                      grampart May 11, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                                                      My Russian dressing contains no relish. Some folks use Thousand Island which often contains relish. A recipe for either may call for some chopped pickle, but that's a far cry from spooning some nasty hot dog relish out of a jar.

                                                                                  2. Chemicalkinetics May 2, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                                                    <What's your favorite condiment for fried chicken?>

                                                                                    Aside from the salt and pepper... I suppose gravy is ok (smothered). Really, I just like them as they are -- usually.

                                                                                    1. linguafood May 2, 2013 10:31 PM

                                                                                      I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to fried chicken -- if it's perfectly golden brown crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, I don't *need* anything with it to make me happy.

                                                                                      That said, a squeeze of lemon can sometimes be nice, hot sauce is kind of a given (tho I'm not crazy about buffalo-style)... and the magic sauce for me these days is a mix of oyster sauce, lime juice and scotch bonnet sauce, courtesy of the NYT recipe for Trini-Chinese chicken. Addictive stuff.

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                                                                                        linguafood May 2, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                        Chicken like this don't need no stinkin' sauce.

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                                                                                        tzurriz May 3, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                        I love it with Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce. In fact, I keep a bottle in the house ONLY for use on fried chicken. We use Sirachi, Tabasco, or Louisiana most of the time - but fried chicken requires Frank's.

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                                                                                          4Snisl May 3, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                          I'm with you....Texas Pete or Crystal. I really like Texas Pete Hotter hot sauce as well.

                                                                                          Another nice dipping sauce is the Korean wing sauce from Modernist Cuisine, even with Southern-style fried chicken.


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                                                                                            speakhandsforme May 7, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                            Uh. Nothing?

                                                                                            1. EWSflash Mar 28, 2014 08:06 PM

                                                                                              Nothing but salt and pepper- I'm a purist. 8^)

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                                                                                                flavrmeistr Mar 30, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                Corn fritters.

                                                                                                1. carolinadawg Mar 30, 2014 04:16 PM

                                                                                                  My hands!

                                                                                                  1. linxi Mar 31, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                                                    If I can find quality, spicy fried chicken, then nothing. But that's rare so I usually put a little peanut butter on it. It melts into the grooves of the breading and tastes like a good thai chicken in peanut sauce. It can also mask the taste of overused cooking oil.

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                                                                                                      linguafood Mar 31, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                      Oh. I like the sound of that. Or spicy peanut butter even, like a saté sauce....

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                                                                                                      nojunk Mar 31, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                      true confession time....i dip it in mayo that has been doused in tabasco. yum!

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                                                                                                        thimes Apr 1, 2014 05:15 AM

                                                                                                        my preference is plain but we have a fried chicken truck that puts a vinegar/honey sauce on theirs that is really really good. I am reluctant to call it a "sauce" - it is more of a gastrique, in that it is pretty thin.

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