We don't always have the time to whip up a batch of Mama's homemade fried chicken on busy weeknights. If you've got a hankering for this iconic Southern dish but are pressed for time, try turning instead to your new favorite takeout fried chicken. We taste-tested a few of the South's most popular fried chicken options, buying pieces from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Bojangles', Publix, and Popeyes. Now, we know that Southerners can get a little particular over which chicken is the best. Have you ever tried to fight someone on the grounds of Publix's fried chicken? Publix has a very loyal following (and, for good reason!). Our editors sat down and, in a blind taste-test, talked about what they loved most about the takeout fried chicken in front of them. Can you guess which brand won? Here's what our Senior Food Editor, Lisa Cericola, had to say about the winning chicken: "It has a distinctive look from thick, craggy breading that stays crisp, even when the chicken isn’t fresh from the fryer. This is the spiciest chicken of the bunch—the seasoned breading and meat has a nice kick, most likely from a combination of hot sauce and cayenne pepper." Which is your favorite?

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