Fried Chicken Times & Temps
January 20, 2009 8:14 PM Subscribe
What is the ideal oil temperature for fried chicken? What about frying times?
posted by charlesv to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I pan-fry my chicken using Crisco (vegetable shortening). I am interested in specifc input from the hivemind regarding temperatures and frying times.
I fried yesterday between 325 and 350 and got decent results. My frying / candy thermometer says that 365 F is the ideal temp, and many websites agree. Alton Brown, however, in his Fry Hard recipe
, says that 325 F is the ideal temperature. What's up with that?
No two websites agree on the ideal cooking time for a given temperature. Typically I fry thighs and drummies. I've found that for thighs, 10 minutes per side at an average temp of 340 or so gets me close, though I will try 12 minutes next time since the last batch was not completely done right at the bone. For drummies, 3.5 minutes per side gets me about where I want to be, though I might need another minute more next time. Most of the recipes I find have times for a mix of pieces, but not for thighs. Any help here?