Pesto Fried Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This may look like classic fried chicken, but there’s actually a secret ingredient! We combine milk with pesto and soak the chicken inside for a bolder, yummier flavor. The pesto also gives it a punch of garlic and basil that's both fun and unexpected.



  1. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and pesto; add the chicken, then soak and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken and pat dry. In a shallow plate, whisk together the flour, paprika and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper, then dredge the chicken in the mixture to coat.
  3. Heat a few inches of vegetable oil in a large pot until it registers 350˚ F on a deep-fry thermometer. Add the chicken and fry, turning occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes; transfer to paper towels to drain.