We taste-tested a lot of fried chicken—and this recipe won first prize in our annual Almanac recipe contest! It’s delicious, crispy, and moist. What more could you want? Congratulations to John Collins from Yakima, Washington.
Mix honey with orange juice and water. In separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Place breadcrumbs in a third bowl, and almonds in a fourth.
Dip chicken pieces first in flour to coat them thoroughly, then dip into juice mixture. Then roll in crumbs to coat thoroughly, dip a second time into juice, and roll in ground almonds. Fry in one inch of clear oil at 360 degrees F, until crisp and cooked through.