How to Fry Chicken

Fried chicken is not only frequently craved but also surprisingly easy to make at home. Learn how to fry chicken in Betty’s four-step guide to making the ultimate comfort food.

When you’re craving comfort, fried chicken is the name of the game. Here we’ll walk you through how to make Betty’s famous Skillet-Fried Chicken—it takes just 40 minutes and four simple steps.

What you’ll need:

  • Ingredients for Skillet-Fried Chicken
  • Shallow dish
  • 12-inch nonstick skillet
  • Cooking tongs
  • Ovenproof meat thermometer

How to:

1. In shallow dish, mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture.
2. Coat chicken with flour mixture. how-to-fry-chicken_02
3. In nonstick skillet, heat oil (¼ inch) over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil, skin side down, about 10 minutes or until light brown; reduce heat to low. Turn chicken skin side up with tongs. how-to-fry-chicken_03
4. Simmer uncovered about 20 minutes, without turning, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone. how-to-fry-chicken_04
Helpful hints:
  • To ensure food safety, always make sure poultry has an internal temperature of at least 165°F with an ovenproof meat thermometer.
  • To make a lighter version of this recipe (with 11 grams of fat and 250 calories per serving,) remove skin from chicken before cooking and use just 2 tablespoons oil in Step 2.
  • To make buttermilk fried chicken, increase flour to 1 cup and dip chicken into 1 cup buttermilk before coating with flour mixture.
To try a new method for frying chicken, why not make it in the oven? Learn How to Oven-Fry Chicken next!

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