We love no-cook recipes and fresh summer produce as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want need something deep-fried. But does fried chicken, a decadent splurge-worthy meal if ever there was one, have to be quite so bad for you? According to Cooking Light, the answer is a resounding no. While fried foods will never be a staple of a balanced diet, the tricks that keep fried foods crispy (rather than greasy) also have an unexpected benefit: Making the dishes healthier.
The key to perfectly-fried food is to cook everything quickly, thereby cutting down the opportunity for oil to be absorbed. This guarantees that crunchy, golden-brown crust while cutting out unnecessary fat and calories.
Cooking Light also recommends skipping the all-purpose flour when battering your protein; stick to gluten-free options like cornmeal for the crispiest results. See why, plus find more healthy frying tips here.
If you’d rather not pull out the deep-fry thermometer at all, this oven-fried option is boasts an amazing texture without the hassle.