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A healthier version of fried chicken.

If you haven't heard of Lemonade, the fresh-food concept that's taken Los Angeles (and now Dubai) by storm, be sure to hit one up the next time you're on the West Coast. Our recipes editor is pretty obsessed, so you can imagine we jumped on Lemonade's newly released cookbook to share some of their best dishes with you. Try this buttermilk baked chicken on for size — you won't miss the deep-fryer.

The key to any good fried chicken recipe is a buttermilk marinade, and this lightened up version takes the same cue. Thankfully, it’s still pretty easy to capture the crunchy goodness of fried chicken with a baked alternative. Buttermilk is slightly acidic, helping to tenderize the chicken and lending a pleasantly tangy flavor. Crispy and moist, the golden brown chicken is excellent right after it comes out of the oven, but it’s also equally good cold. For a potluck, slice the buttermilk chicken and top with any of the marketplace vegetables of your choice, or nestle into a sandwich. For best results, marinate the chicken for a couple of days, so plan accordingly.

Reprinted with permission from The Lemonade Cookbook