Easy Pan Fried Chicken

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Do you love comfort food?  We do too.  Fried chicken is one of our favorite comfort foods and brings back memories of childhood.

For most of my life, I’ve never owned a deep fryer.  They do work well and are handy to have in the kitchen. But you don’t need one in order to make tasty fried chicken.

We’ll show you how to easily fry chicken in a pan with outstanding results.

The choice of pans is flexible. The main consideration is to choose a pan with high sides.

Cast iron pans works really well. They are rugged and easy to clean. If you have one then great. Otherwise use whatever you have. Just make sure that the oil is at the right temperature.  360 degrees works well. This will ensure that the chicken is fried well without absorbing excess oil.

Now let’s get to frying.

Ingredients For Pan Fried Chicken

    • 1 whole fryer chicken, cut up
    • Canola oil for frying
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • 3 cups all purpose flour for dredging
    • 3 tbs garlic powder
    • 1 tbs salt
    • 1 tbs pepper

Procedure

Cut up the chicken and place into a bowl.

Pour the buttermilk on top, then allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours.

top view of chicken marinating in buttermilk
Marinating in buttermilk improves the flavor

Pour oil into pan then heat up to 360 degrees.

Remove from the fridge, then begin dredging.

view of chicken being dredged in spiced flour prior to frying
Dredge chicken in flour mixture

The best method is to have one “wet hand” and one “dry hand”, otherwise you will have dough everywhere. Trust me, I know.

Tongs can be use for either wet or dry if you prefer.

Fully coat each piece in the spiced flour, then place into the hot frying pan.

view showing how to place chicken in hot oil without splashing
Slowly release pieces into hot oil to avoid splashing

Fry on one side, then turn over and fry the other side until golden brown.

image showing how to turn chicken in hot oil with tongs
Turn, then cook the other side

Transfer fried chicken into a baking dish, then continue frying chicken.

image showing properly pan fried chicken on both sides
Remove from fry pan when done

When all pieces are fried, bake chicken in the oven at 350 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

side view of pan fried chicken in the oven

Remove from oven then cover with foil. A resting period for 10 to 15 minutes makes this moist and tender on the inside.

image showing fried chicken resting under aluminum foil
Resting redistributes the juices

 

close up of pan fried chicken
Fried chicken is moist and tender with a crispy skin

easy pan fried chicken infographic

 

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Recipe

Pan Fried Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 1 whole fryer chicken, cut up
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut up the chicken and place into a bowl. Pour the buttermilk on top, then allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  2. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to the flour, then mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour oil into pan and then heat to 360 degrees.
  4. Remove marinated chicken from the fridge. Dredge all pieces with the spiced flour until fully coated. Gently place each piece into the hot frying pan. Only fry as much as will fit without over crowding.
  5. Fry on one side, then turn over and fry other side until golden brown.
  6. When all pieces are fried, bake chicken in the oven at 350 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven, tent with foil, then allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

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