Cooking Fried Chicken Tips and Tricks
Cooking fried chicken is easy and if you have never done it before, there is nothing to worry about. If you want to try out a Kentucky Fried Chicken copycat recipe, deep fried chicken recipe or southern fried chicken recipe, read on for some handy fried chicken tips and ideas.
- If you want to make fried chicken, you can get good results using a fryer, broiler, capon, young chicken, and roaster or game hen.
- Soaking the chicken overnight in brine or buttermilk makes the meat more tender and juicy.
- Slice whole chicken breasts in half for more even cooking. They also cook faster like this.
- Adding celery sticks to the frying oil enhances the color and flavor of the fried chicken.
- Dry any wet utensils before they touch the hot cooking oil to avoid the hot fat spattering.
- Use tongs instead of a fork to turn the chicken. A fork might pierce the skin and the chicken will lose juices.
- If you like your chicken fried, try peanut oil. It gives the chicken a great flavor.
- Drain fried chicken on a brown paper bag or metal rack. Draining it on paper towels might make it lose crispiness. In addition, covering it will make it lose all crispiness.
The above tips should help to ensure your fried chicken recipes are delicious. If you are using a whole chicken and you have some left over, you can put them in a pot with carrots, parsley, and water to cover. Simmer until the liquid reduces by half, strain and refrigerate. When the mixture is cold, skim off the fat and use it in soups and sauces. You can also freeze it.
Tips for Great Fried Chicken
Learning how to cut up a whole chicken is a useful skill to have and, if you want to make the very best southern fried chicken recipes, there are other tips and tricks you can learn along the way. If you are preparing chicken wings, you should cut the tips off at the last joint. Your butcher might have already done this. Nobody eats the wing tips and if you trim them off you can fit more chicken wings in your skillet at once. Use at least a twelve inch skillet, by the way, because chicken fries better and more evenly if it is not crowded. A heavy skillet is the best one to use and, if you have a cast iron skillet, this is the best of all. You can make great southern fried chicken in a stainless steel skillet too but cooking in cast iron is especially good.
When you apply the flour to your chicken, there are two ways you can do it. Put the spices and flour in a shallow dish and roll the chicken pieces in the mixture or put them in a paper bag, add the chicken and shake it. Using a shallow dish means you can see what you are doing but using a paper bag cuts down on mess. Boneless, skinless chicken cooks faster than bone-in chicken in its skin, but good fried chicken recipes will tell you roughly how long the chicken needs to cook for.
Oil, Butter or Shortening – Which to Use
You can fry chicken in oil, butter or shortening but you will find that chicken cooked in Crisco or another kind of melted shortening has a superior texture than if you use plain cooking oil. Butter is good for pan frying or oven frying but obviously you will need oil or shortening to deep fry.
Have the shortening between half an inch and three quarters of an inch deep. If your skillet is about twelve inches in diameter you will need about a cup and a half of Crisco. You need to ensure the shortening is hot but not smoking when you add the chicken. If it is not hot enough, wait, else your chicken will become soggy! The ideal temperature for shortening is between 355 and 360 degrees F. You can use an instant-read thermometer to test it.
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