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The ultimate fried chicken recipe keeps it simple.

A staff meal at one of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants is a far cry from pasta and “leftover whatever.” We’re crazy about Family Table, a new cookbook we hope will popularize the trend of feeding staff well and reaping the benefits. Here’s a crunchy-salty-sweet fried chicken we’d totally order off the menu. 

What distinguishes this fried chicken is the crunch from two ingredients that don’t usually appear together in a recipe —Japanese panko bread crumbs, which are coarser and crunchier than standard ones, and graham cracker crumbs, which lend a slightly sweet, nutty flavor to the crust. Add a little bit of heat and garlic for balance, and you have one of Union Square Cafe’s most beloved family meal dishes, as interpreted by line cook Ian “Moose” Muse from his mother’s original recipe.

Reprinted with permission from Family Table