How to Choose the Best Frying Oil for Crispy Chicken

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Best Frying Oil for Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups neutral-flavored oil (such as peanut, canola, or vegetable oil)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the chicken: a. Pat the chicken cubes dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. b. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well. c. Dredge the chicken cubes in the seasoned flour, coating them evenly on all sides.

  2. Heat the oil: a. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven, heat the neutral-flavored oil over medium-high heat to 350°F. b. Use a deep-fry or candy thermometer to monitor the oil temperature. Maintain the temperature between 350°F and 375°F.

  3. Fry the chicken: a. Working in batches, carefully add the coated chicken cubes to the hot oil. b. Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through. c. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

  4. Repeat the frying process: a. Repeat step 3 with the remaining chicken cubes, adjusting the oil temperature as needed to maintain the desired range.

  5. Serve and enjoy: a. Serve the fried chicken hot, garnished with fresh parsley or your desired seasoning. b. Pair the chicken with your favorite healthy sides, such as a fresh salad, roasted vegetables, or whole grain rice.

Cook’s Note:

  • Choose a high-quality, neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point, such as peanut, canola, or vegetable oil. These oils can withstand the high heat required for frying without burning or imparting unwanted flavors.
  • Avoid using olive oil or butter for frying, as they have lower smoke points and can burn or create unpleasant flavors.
  • Make sure to maintain the oil temperature between 350°F and 375°F for best results. If the oil is too hot, the outside of the chicken will burn before the inside is cooked through. If the oil is too cool, the chicken will absorb too much oil and become greasy.
  • Fry the chicken in small batches to prevent the oil temperature from dropping significantly. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly and achieves a crispy texture.
  • Serve the fried chicken immediately for the best texture and flavor. The chicken can be kept warm in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes, but it’s best enjoyed fresh from the fryer.

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Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!