How To Fry Chicken In A Deep Fryer

So you want to make some KFC at home for your family, well here’s a recipe that is

  1. Easy to make,
  2. Easy to cook,
  3. Something the whole family will enjoy.


This is the simplest fried chicken on the internet and I can vouch that it is sooooo tasty you’ll be making it a lot, though it may not be the healthiest meal it is still cheaper than that bucket of chicken from KFC, AND you have the privilege of telling you friends and family that YOU made your own fried chicken in a deep fryer and it was delicious.


  • 4lb chicken, cut into equal sized pieces (this will help it cook evenly)
  • 1 Cup of buttermilk (I personally prefer Avonmore’s buttermilk)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour for the chicken coating
  • 1 Teaspoon of paprika (optional but I highly recommend it, as it adds a lot more flavor to the chicken)
  • Salt and pepper to season the mixture as well as the chicken itself.
  • 2 quarts of vegetable oil for the frying. (2 quarts = 8 cups)


  1. Take the cut-up chicken pieces (which should be equal sizes) and if you like you can skin them. Put the all-purpose flour in a large plastic bag (like a zip lock bag or otherwise known as a sandwich bag).Let the amount of chicken you are using dictate the amount of flour you use. Season the flour with salt and pepper to your liking, and optional paprika. The paprika also helps brown the chicken to make it look even more tasty.
  1. Dip your pieces of chicken in your preferred brand of buttermilk (a few pieces at a time) then put them in the bag with the flour mixture and seal the bag. Shake it furiously to get every piece of chicken coated well.Place the pieces of coated chicken on a cookie sheet or a baking tray and cover them with a clean dish towel or waxed paper(the waxed paper helps keeps the bugs from nibbling on your tasty chicken). Let it sit until the flour is of a paste like consistency! This is crucial!!!!
  1. Fill a large skillet/pot (cast iron is the best material for this) about 1/3 to ½ full with the vegetable oil. Read What is The Healthiest Oil For Deep Frying? Heat until the oil is VERY HOT. Put in as many tasty chicken pieces as the pot can hold but don’t overload as this will cause the temperature of the to drop. (Try and put the most equal sized ones in first, it’ll make it a lot easier.)Brown the chicken pieces in the hot oil on BOTH sides, not just one. When browned, reduce the heat and cover the skillet, let it cook for around 30 minutes (the chicken will be cooked evenly now but not crispy yet). Remove the cover, raise the heat again and then keep frying the browned chicken until nice and crispy.
  1. Once finished, drain the tasty looking chicken on paper towels (I know it might be tempting to eat now, but trust me… waiting is better).Depending on how many chicken pieces you have, you may need to cook It in batches.. Keep the finished chicken in a slightly warm oven (a warming tray would be best for this) while preparing the rest of the chicken.

How Long To Deep Fry Chicken in a Deep Fryer

Heat oil in deep-fryer to 350 degrees F

Legs or Thighs12 to 17 minutes
Drumsticks12 to 15 minutes
Chicken wings or wingettes8 to 12 minutes
Whole chickens4 to 5 minutes per pound

7 Fried Chicken Common Mistakes

  1. Skipping the Brine
  2. Going Low-Carb and Skipping the Breading
  3. Only Using the Drumsticks
  4. Frying Fridge-Cold Chicken
  5. Using Oil with a Low Smoke point
  6. Eyeballing the Temperature
  7. Letting the Chicken Cool on Paper Towels

So, what do you think? Sounds very tasty, well what are you still doing here?! Get to making your chicken and thanks for reading the recipe. Make sure to brag about it at work the next day.

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