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Fried Chicken
Photo: Jason Wallis

Fried Chicken

We love fried chicken. But that bird won't fly in a half-cal/full-plate world. Instead, we begin with the rich flavor of thigh meat and use simple pan-fry techniques to achieve the savory satisfaction of fried chicken without the oil bath. Both the skin and the heavy breading are gone from the bird, as is the cream from the creamed corn (we use flour-thickened milk; it's really good). Our stewed greens contain no bacon fat (or even oil)—just tender greens in a bit of stock. This is no stingy imitation; it's a plate of chicken, corn, and greens that sticks to the ribs, lightly.

THE CLASSIC
• 1,170 calories per serving
78.5 grams fat
31.6 grams saturated fat

THE MAKEOVER
• 493 calories per serving
18.8 grams fat
5.4 grams saturated fat

View Recipe: Savory Pan-Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce

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