How to Fry Chicken in Canola Oil Effortlessly

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Can You 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


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup canola oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the chicken: a. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels and place them on a clean cutting board. b. Using a meat mallet or the back of a heavy pan, gently pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. This will help them cook evenly. c. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix well.

  2. Bread the chicken: a. Dredge the chicken breasts in the seasoned flour, coating them completely on both sides. b. Shake off any excess flour.

  3. Fry the chicken: a. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat to 350°F. b. Carefully add the breaded chicken breasts to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. c. Fry the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. d. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. e. If the chicken is browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. f. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

  4. Finish the dish: a. If desired, melt the butter in the hot oil and drizzle it over the fried chicken. b. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cook’s Note:

  • Canola oil is a great choice for frying chicken because it has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor that won’t overwhelm the chicken.
  • For extra crispy chicken, you can double-dip the chicken in the seasoned flour before frying.
  • Serve the fried chicken with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or a fresh salad.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through.
  • For a healthier twist, you can bake the breaded chicken instead of frying. Preheat your oven to 400°F, place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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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!