What Do You Put On Your Fried Chicken?

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Lisa Garza's Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar is coming. Press releases have been teasing the open of Uptown's newest soul-food source for the past few weeks now. A post on the Eats Blog got me thinking not so much about fried chicken itself but fried chicken condiments ...

The duo will also make its own house sriracha sauce for the chicken. "I'm from the South," says Garza. "We never put anything [such as gravy] on the chicken." But she confesses that she loves it with hot sauce.

The quote kicked of a quick interoffice survey about fried chicken toppings. Hot sauce was the most popular response, gravy came in a close second, and one weirdo said honey, which actually sounds awesome. But I promise, Aters, I have the best fried chicken condiment of all time. It's a lot like hot sauce but way more acidic, and it's that tangy character that makes for a perfect pairing with fatty, fried bird.

Grab some Thai chilies from the store (or whatever your favorite capsaicin source is) and slice them into 1/4 inch rounds. Toss a quarter cup or so of the sliced peppers into a shaker bottle full of white vinegar and throw it in the fridge.

The amount of chilies you use, and the type of pepper you choose, will drive the amount of heat you end up with. Wait at least a day, put the resultant chile vinegar on your table next to a bucket of fried chicken, and watch how fast it goes. I like to eat with a chicken thigh in one hand and that bottle in the other. It's sublime.

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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Plain ass Tabasco or white gravy (or get this..Both!)..y'all are such hipsters..Thai chiles, effing honey..remoulade..MEH!! I say MEH!!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

What do I put on my fried chicken?  My hands and my teeth.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

If'n I have to eat fried chicken (I prefer grilled breast or parm) like a guy that lives in a trailer, I'd use Chipotle Tabasco.

NewsDog
NewsDog

If the chicken is good why does it need anything on it? It's all in the breading.

Addan
Addan

Grandy's chicken with honey was pretty common when I was a kid. But now, hot sauce is the only thing I put on it.

sherman
sherman

Uncle Lou's in Memphis dunks the entire piece after frying in a sauce called "corruption".I made it. It is. Best. Chicken Sauce. Ever.

Ja
Ja

a mix of honey and hot sauce

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

hear me now, believe me later.  REMOULADE SAUCE

Allie Seago
Allie Seago

I like a pickled jalepeno with my fried chicken. I just may have to try your chile vinegar...

cp
cp

I thought people from "The South" used ketchup...

foodbitch
foodbitch

I'm with the weirdo who said honey. Maple syrup works too. It's a sweet-salty thing.

Lakewood's 1st & 10
Lakewood's 1st & 10

try Louisiana Tabasco Peppers in vinegar.  they're at about every fried chicken/soul food/greasy spoon in the south.

frythatchicken
frythatchicken

I'm from North Louisiana and we ALWAYS use Ketchup with Fried Chicken!!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

In my 62 years of Southern existence, and being from a Southern family, I ain't never heard of no one ever putting ketchup on fried chicken.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

While drinking a Dr. Pepper no doubt.

Nothing better the the taste of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and more sugar, with sugar as a chaser.

sass
sass

Ditto. There's nothing better.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Not at all the same as doing it yourself. You really have to try this fresh. It's so much brighter...it tastes green.

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