My family has always enjoyed Thai food, but we really love chicken curry. Since we have a two-year-old son, I wanted to make something that he would eat. Since his favorite food is chicken strips, I started making the strips with some curry flavor. Now my family prefers these even more than my chicken curry. —Daniel Fox, Queen Creek, Arizona
Purchased sweet-and-sour sauce takes the work out of preparing this traditional dish, which tastes very much like the takeout version. “Before we were married, my husband surprised me by cooking this after a long day at work,” recalls Holly Tittel of Great Bend, Kansas.
"My husband turned up his nose when he saw me making this the first time, but he absolutely flipped when he tasted it. I like to serve the chicken with an apple rice pilaf salad." —Amanda Donnelly, Fairborn, Ohio
Crispy, juicy and perfectly seasoned, this fried chicken lives up to its name. Summer reunions and neighborly gatherings will never be the same. When I was growing up, my parents had a farm, and every year, Dad would hire teenage boys to help by haying time. They looked forward to coming because they knew they would be treated to Mom's delicious fried chicken. —Lola Clifton, Vinton, Virginia
As a Yankee originally from Vermont, I didn't know one fried chicken from another. They all seemed pretty much the same to me. Tasting the Southern version opened my eyes! A side of hot biscuits served with butter and honey is practically mandatory. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, GA