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Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 8:57 AM (permalink)
Was wondering what the correct cooking time for small size chicken pieces is ? ie wings, wingettes. drumettes, etc.

I've been cooking them about 15 minutes per side - 30 minutes total - it's very well cooked thru but I tend to loose any spice flavor (ie KFC) that I'm trying to get. Any suggestions or hints - Thanks

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    RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 9:07 AM (permalink)
    I would figure them at about 5-10 minutes (depending on size of the piece) at around 375 degrees.

      RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 9:49 AM (permalink)
      My method is totally incorrect and not precise but it works for me. I cook each piece until the batter is the color that I wish. If the batter too brown the chicken is usually too tough and chewey.

      I use a lot of pepper in my batter and a little salt.

      I generally fry at somewhere around 400F.

      Paul E. Smith
      Knoxville, TN

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        RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 3:54 PM (permalink)
        I may try that! I fry it until it is the color I want at 350-375 and then finish cooking in the oven at low heat for 15-20 min. the big pieces are usually not done inside just by frying alone.
          Pat T Hat

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          RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 9:29 PM (permalink)
          Thirty minutes cooking time for a chicken wing...and you could still eat it?

          You do know that if you deep fry, your wings will be done when they pop to the surface and float?

          Thighs are a bit different especially when they're big.
          They'll float but may not be done by the big bone at the joint...I let them fry for a few more minutes.
          That is if you want "Hot Thighs"...and who doesn't?

          It sounds as if your pan frying and the above posts refering to color is good advice with your temp at around 375...but try not to over cook it...well of course unless that's what you prefer...some do.
          When in doubt on big pieces, poke it to the bone in the thickest part, and if the juice that comes out is clear with no pink, your good to go.
          You'll figure it out...a fried chicken lover always does!

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            RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Wed, 03/19/08 9:41 PM (permalink)
            And don't forget, dark meat takes longer to cook even though the pieces are smaller.

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              RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Thu, 03/20/08 12:12 AM (permalink)
              I worked in a restaurant known for their wings, the "First Turn" in Daytona Beach, Fla., chicken lies when it floats in hot oil it needs a few extra minutes or else it will be bloody, this is my experience


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                RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Thu, 03/20/08 9:14 PM (permalink)
                Thanks for the helpful info. I tried fried chicken again his evening and cooked them for about 12 minutes - 6 mins/side. They cooked very well except I still loose the spicy flavor that I'm trying achieve - seems the frying destroys the spices for some reason. I think I'll try sprinkling the spice seasoning on the chicken after it's fried.

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                  RE: Fried Chicken Cooking Times ? Thu, 03/20/08 10:30 PM (permalink)
                  I use to have a pressure fryer and the wings tasted almost identical to KFC. To improve your spice flavour, double your spices.
                  They do dissipate when frying.

                  Love that fried chicken. Wings especially.
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