- Posted January 28, 2013 by
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Nicely Browned Fried Chicken
The case is not unusual. You try to mimic the nicely browned and crispy fried chicken of the diner off the block but you just couldn't. Achieving the nicely browned fried chicken is a frustration for every aspiring cook. Despite a million failures, you can always perfect this dish with the following tips.
1. Cook in boiling oil
Make sure you get to cook safely. The oil to be used for this type of frying is scorching hot. You will also need a lot of oil for this matter. Wait for the oil to boil until it is flowing in high pressure inside your pot. Again, be extra careful as this type of cooking can bring burns.
2. Cover the pan
Unlike small frying and steaming, deep frying is another type of cooking which requires covering of the pan. However, not all of the time, the pan must be covered. This is a technique one must learn. Another rule of thumb when deep frying or pan-frying, you must cover it for the first five minutes of your cooking to bring the oil to a boil. Then uncover this for the remainder of the estimated cooking time. This process will aid the chicken to be cooked very thoroughly.
3. Use the proper utensils
The ladle and the fork are definitely not the utensils to be used for this type of cooking! Use tongs or a spatula instead. These utensils are readily available at your local cooking store or even the grocery store. Use the said utensils in placing the chicken and in turning the pieces. You get to spare yourself from burns and you also prevent the juices from escaping.
4. Keep dry all the time
Oil and water do not mix, we all know that. Therefore, be sure that the utensils and equipment are dry before they are in contact with the hot oil. If you do not make sure of this, oil will splatter all over the place. Do not even attempt to look at the pan closely as you may damage your vision. Oil is unpredictable when it goes all over the place. It is better to keep yourself from this type of situation so keep on double checking the surface of the equipment and utensils.
5. White meat cooks fast
Do not assume that just because it is meat, it also cooks as the same time as dark meat such as beef or pork. White meat cooks faster and is tender than the previous. Be sure to remove the chicken as it gets done. If you notice any dark part in the chicken, add extra cooking time but not too much or else you would end up with a hard and dark chicken.
In order for your chicken to be as good as the local diner downtown or even as the same as any local fast food chain, you must keep the following reminders in mind. Just take time and a little practice. For sure your chicken will be the talk of the town. Who knows, you might be the next destination of your block. Nothing beats homemade cooking.