Nothing beats the satisfying crunch of a perfectly crispy piece of fried chicken. But making it at home can be a challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time fryer, this guide will teach you everything you need to know to make delicious, crispy fried chicken every time.
Choosing the Right Chicken
The first step to making great fried chicken is choosing the right chicken. Look for pieces that are evenly sized and not too thick. You can use a whole chicken, cut-up pieces, or even chicken tenders if you prefer.
The Perfect Breading
The breading is what gives fried chicken its signature crunch. You can use a variety of breading options, such as flour, panko breadcrumbs, cornmeal, or a mixture of all three. Experiment to find your favorite combination.
The Right Oil
Choosing the right oil is crucial for crispy fried chicken. You want an oil that has a high smoke point, such as vegetable or canola oil. You also want to make sure the oil is at the right temperature – around 350-375°F.
Once you have your chicken, breading, and oil ready, it’s time to start frying. The key is to not overcrowd the pan and to let the chicken cook until it’s golden brown and crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
Once your chicken is cooked, let it drain on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Then, serve it up with your favorite sides – mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, mac and cheese, or coleslaw are all great options.