How to Fry Chicken Perfectly - The Best Oil Revealed

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Fried Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Vegetable oil or peanut oil for frying (about 4 cups)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Chicken: a. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. b. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Mix well. c. Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, making sure to coat them evenly on all sides.

  2. Heat the Oil: a. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, pour the vegetable or peanut oil to a depth of about 3 inches. b. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350°F to 375°F. Use a deep-fry or candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

  3. Fry the Chicken: a. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, carefully lower the breaded chicken pieces into the hot oil. b. Fry the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it is golden brown and cooked through. c. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain excess oil.

  4. Rest and Serve: a. Allow the fried chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. b. Serve the fried chicken hot, garnished with fresh parsley or your desired toppings.

Cook’s Note:

  • The choice of oil is crucial for frying chicken. Vegetable oil and peanut oil are excellent options as they have a high smoke point, which means they can withstand the high temperatures required for frying without burning or imparting off-flavors.
  • Avoid using olive oil or butter for frying chicken, as they have lower smoke points and can easily burn or become bitter at high temperatures.
  • Make sure to maintain the oil temperature between 350°F and 375°F throughout the frying process. This ensures the chicken cooks evenly and develops a crispy, golden-brown exterior.
  • To achieve the best texture, it’s important to work in small batches when frying the chicken. Overcrowding the pot can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy, greasy chicken.
  • For extra crispiness, you can double-fry the chicken. After the initial fry, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, then return it to the hot oil for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Experiment with different seasoning blends to customize the flavor of your fried chicken. Try adding herbs, spices, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.
  • Serve the fried chicken hot, accompanied by your favorite dipping sauces, such as honey mustard, ranch, or hot sauce.

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About Christina Flores

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!