How to Get Nicely Browned Fried Chicken

To get nice crispy browned fried chicken, coat the chicken with flour and then make sure when frying that the chicken is not overcrowed in the pan. Overcrowding causes uneven cooking and browning.
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How to Get Nicely Browned Fried Chicken

When frying, you want to end up with thoroughly cooked chicken that is moist with nicely browned and crispy skin. To achieve this you are cooking the chicken in hot oil so you also want to be sure you are cooking safely. The additional tips below will help you make delicious fried chicken with safety in mind.
  • When pan-frying, cover for the first 5 minutes of cooking and then uncover for the remainder of the cooking time. This will help cook the chicken thoroughly.
  • Use tongs or a spatula instead of a fork when placing chicken pieces in the pan or when turning the pieces to prevent juices from escaping.
  • Be sure all utensils and equipment are dry before they come in contact with the hot oil. Water will make the hot oil splatter .
  • Keep in mind that the white pieces of chicken will cook faster than the dark meat so be sure to remove the white meat as it gets done and allow the dark to cook until it is thoroughly done.
  • To keep the chicken warm while other pieces are cooking, set the cooked pieces on a baking pan, loosely lay paper towels over the top, and place it in the oven at a low temperature.
  • Do not completely cover the chicken once it has finished cooking. Covering will cause the coating to lose its crispness.
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