Barberton Fried Chicken
What defines Ohio's famous fried chicken? A bread-crumb coating and an old-fashioned frying fat that adds deep flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
We bring this Barberton, Ohio, restaurant star home by brining the chicken and breading it with flour, egg, and finely ground Japanese-style panko bread crumbs. Not only does store-bought panko save the time of preparing fresh bread crumbs, but it yields a crackingly crisp crust. While we didn’t use lard alone to fry the chicken as they do in Barberton, we found that a small amount of it nicely seasoned the meat. And don’t forget a dip in the stewed pepper and tomato “hot sauce.”