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How Long It Takes To Deep Fry Chicken Breast

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There are a lot of recipes about chicken meals, yet if you are about to deep-fry some chicken breasts and just need to know how long it will take here is the answer;

The optimum time to deep fry chicken breast is 15 minutes. However, depending on your personal taste it is also okay deep fry for 12 minutes.

Also keep in mind that according to U.S. Department of Agriculture, the heat should be at least 165F (74C) to prevent any food related diseases. 

What is deep frying?

Deep fat frying is a cooking technique that we use when cooking foods like fried chicken, fries or potato chips. Deep frying includes dipping food into very hot oil until it is deep-fried properly. Deep frying is a fast cooking method which destroys bacteria.

How to fry deep-fried chicken breasts?

Deep-fried chicken breasts can be tasty if coating is solid and crunchy.  With our core techniques for preparing fried chicken, you can make delicious chicken breasts.


To keep chicken breasts moist and tender, marinating is a must. Also it prevents chicken from absorbing a large amount of oil. For marinating you can use an acidic ingredient like vinegar, lemon juice or yogurt, plus oil and spices and keep marinated chicken 2 to 10 hours in fridge. For breading, you can use breading mix or prepare your own mix with flour, breadcrumbs or crushed crackers. Here is a delicious recipe for breading:

In a deep bowl, mix 3 cups of flour, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and poultry seasoning. In another bowl, blend ½ cup flour with salt, egg yolks and a little beer. First, dip chicken breast the mixture with egg yolks than dip it into other bowl.


For deep-frying, you need an electric deep-fat fryer or a large, deep cooking pan.

Additionally, you can use a food thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked at the optimum temperature. If oil is not hot enough, the chicken absorbs more of the oil and becomes soggy.


For tasty chicken breasts, you have to decide what type of oil you would use. Virgin olive oil is healthier than other types but it is not suitable for deep frying. Since it has a low some point, the chicken breasts would taste bitter. Therefore, you can prefer oils with high-smoke point such as canola, vegetable, or peanut oil.


For frying, the optimum temperature can be between 350 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. A breaded chicken breast cooks in 8-10 minutes depending on its size.


Before beginning to fry, you have to know that chicken breast must be in room temperature. If you have frozen chicken breast or you have put chicken breast to fridge after breading, wait the chicken for becoming room temperature. Otherwise, the temperature of the oil will decrease; your chicken won’t cook well and won’t be crispy.

You must begin frying after bringing the oil to required temperature. Then, put the breaded chicken breasts into the hot oil. Smaller pieces will not take as long. Large pieces may take longer. Remove and drain on paper towels before serving.

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