Vodka is the Secret to the Best Fried Chicken Ever

You may have your own tried and tested method of making scrumptious fried chicken, but you may be missing one key ingredient – vodka.

According to a tip from Business Insider‘s Serious Eats writer Kenji López-Alt, adding a dash of the clear liquor can make your chicken crispier and tastier than ever.

“[Vodka] is much more volatile than water (which is the main component of buttermilk, pickle juice, or pretty much any other fried chicken marinade you’ll be using),” López-Alt explains. “As such, it evaporates much more rapidly and violently. This helps drive moisture off the crust of the chicken faster, while also creating bigger vapor bubbles, adding surface area to the crust. Both of these things mean crisper, lighter fried chicken.”