Who doesn’t love a piece of golden, crispy Crisco fried chicken? This classic is as good as it gets!
Today, learn everything you need to know about making perfect fried chicken using Crisco shortening.
If you think it’s intimidating, think again! Frying chicken isn’t as difficult as you imagine it to be.
Plus, with all the tips I have for you below, everything will be a breeze.
Want some guaranteed fried chicken success? This Crisco fried chicken recipe is calling your name! Let’s eat!
Crisco Fried Chicken
I was always afraid of frying chicken. The thought of oil splatter and potentially burning or undercooking chicken would prevent me from even trying.
However, I knew it was only a matter of time until I finally gave it a go.
I’m so glad I did! The fried chicken turned out so well with this recipe.
It was crispy and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and seasoned perfectly all the way.
I don’t know why I was so terrified. It was relatively easy, and worth the effort.
Just as long as you follow this recipe, and take note of the tips below, you’ll be all set.
Is It Better to Fry Chicken in Crisco or Oil?
I’m team Crisco all the way! I don’t know what it is, but it just yields tastier chicken for me.
You can also use oil, of course. Stick to ones with a high smoke point, such as canola and peanut oil.
Why Isn’t My Fried Chicken Crispy?
The heat is too low. That’s why it’s super important to use an instant-read kitchen thermometer to check the temperature of the shortening.
It should always be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
If it’s too cold, the chicken will take forever to fry. The skin will be all soggy and the meat overly greasy.
Also, don’t place the fried chicken on a paper towel-lined plate. Shocker, am I right?
I used to do this a lot before as well to get rid of excess oil.
But as it turns out, placing chicken over paper towels will create steam, which will, in turn, make the crispy skin soggy. Yikes!
Instead, just place the chicken on a wire rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath to catch the grease.
How Do You Get the Batter to Stick to Chicken?
No matter how crunchy and tasty the coating is, it’s useless if it falls off the chicken. Here are some tips to ensure your batter sticks.
- Don’t go heavy on the batter. Shake off excess flour and excess egg mixture.
- Do not overcrowd the pan. If the chicken pieces keep bumping against each other, odds are, their breading will start to peel off.
Tips for the Best Chicken
- Get pre-cut chicken so you won’t have to do it all yourself. Check the wings, though, and be sure to cut off the tips at the last joint. This part is called the tip, and no one eats them.
- Be sure the chicken is at room temperature. Frying cold chicken will result in uneven cooking.
- This recipe uses the Ziploc bag method, which calls for putting the dry coating inside a Ziploc bag and placing the chicken inside the bag, and then shaking the bag to coat the chicken. It’s effective and mess-free.
You can also do it the classic route, though, and place the dry ingredients in a bowl. It’s an additional bowl to wash, but the good thing about it is you can ensure even coating.
Either method works, so it’s completely up to you.
- For extra crispy skin, add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the flour.
- For super-moist chicken, marinate the pieces in buttermilk for 30 minutes before frying. If you have the time, marinate them overnight.
- Do not overcrowd the skillet. Adding too many chicken pieces at once will reduce the heat of the shortening, which in turn will likely give you soggy skin and raw chicken. Use a large skillet, so you can cook several pieces at once.
- Use a real cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, as they conduct heat better.
- Preheat the shortening to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t be tempted to fry the chicken right away, otherwise, it won’t cook properly. Use a thermometer to check the temperature.
- If you’re not using shortening, go for canola or peanut oil. These oils have a higher smoke point, which means they can handle high heat.
- Cook the chicken skin side down first for guaranteed crispy skin.
- Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. According to the USDA, cooked chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can bake the chicken for less oil and calories. Place the chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Flip the chicken over and bake for 25 minutes more. Turn on the broiler for 1 minute for extra crispy skin.
- Store the fried chicken in an air-tight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. It won’t be as crispy, but still tasty.
- Serve fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits, coleslaw, or mashed potatoes. Comfort food at its best!