How to Fry Chicken in Canola Oil Easily and Quickly

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Can I Fry Chicken in Canola Oil?

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes (for resting)

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Chicken:

    • Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
    • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Dredge the Chicken:

    • Working in batches, dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, making sure to coat them evenly on all sides.
    • Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Heat the Oil:

    • In a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pan, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat.
    • Use a deep-fry or candy thermometer to monitor the oil temperature, ensuring it reaches 350°F to 375°F.
  4. Fry the Chicken:

    • Carefully add the dredged chicken pieces to the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding.
    • Fry the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per batch, or until golden brown and cooked through.
    • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Rest the Chicken:

    • Allow the fried chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
    • This resting period will help the chicken retain its juices and crispy texture.

Cook’s Note:

  • Canola oil is a great choice for frying chicken as it has a high smoke point and neutral flavor, allowing the natural flavors of the chicken to shine.
  • Be sure to maintain the oil temperature between 350°F and 375°F throughout the frying process. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly and develops a crispy, golden-brown exterior.
  • For a healthier alternative, you can bake the chicken instead of frying. Simply preheat your oven to 400°F, place the dredged chicken pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Serve the fried chicken with your favorite dipping sauces, such as honey mustard or ranch dressing, and pair it with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables for a well-balanced, healthy meal.

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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!