How to Fry Chicken - The Best Oil Explained Quickly

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Fried Chicken: The Best Oil for Crispy Perfection

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes (for resting the chicken)

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 1 lb (454g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil for frying (amount will vary depending on the size of your pan)

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 garlic powder. Mix well. c. Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, making sure to coat them evenly on all sides.

  2. Choose the best oil for frying: a. Vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil are considered the best options for frying chicken. b. These oils have a high smoke point, which means they can be heated to a high temperature without burning or producing harmful compounds. c. Avoid using olive oil or butter for frying, as they have lower smoke points and can burn easily at the high temperatures required for frying.

  3. Heat the oil: a. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch oven, pour enough oil to reach a depth of about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm). b. Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350°F (177°C) to 375°F (191°C). Use a digital thermometer to monitor the temperature.

  4. Fry the chicken: a. Working in batches, carefully add the coated chicken pieces to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. b. Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes per batch, 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.

  5. Rest the chicken: a. Allow the fried chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. b. This resting period will help the chicken retain its juices and achieve a crispy texture.

Cook’s Note:

  • It’s important to maintain the oil temperature throughout the frying process. If the oil temperature drops too low, the chicken will absorb more oil and become greasy. Conversely, if the oil gets too hot, the outside will burn before the inside is cooked through.
  • For the best results, use a deep-fry or candy thermometer to monitor the oil temperature and adjust the heat as needed.
  • If you prefer a lighter, crispier coating, you can double-dip the chicken in the seasoned flour before frying.
  • Serve the fried chicken hot, accompanied by your favorite dipping sauces or sides.


In conclusion, the best oils for frying chicken are vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil. These oils have a high smoke point, which allows them to be heated to the high temperatures required for frying without burning or producing harmful compounds. By following the steps outlined in this recipe, you can achieve perfectly crispy and delicious fried chicken every time.

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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!