I have to confess that I’ve never been the best cook when it comes to fried chicken. I can’t seem to get the coating perfectly browned and get the chicken cooked through at the same time. But I love fried chicken and can’t live without it! So, many years ago, I decided I needed to do it differently…
Full Confession: for years I’ve used the microwave for the last half of the job on my Skillet Fried Chicken. I use the skillet to get my chicken crispy on the outside, but then I use the microwave to cook the inside. I guess it’s because I’m also just a little impatient and relatively lazy.
Quick Fried Chicken
While it may feel like culinary blasphemy to some, it sure makes the job quick and no one knows any different. And it’s been my little secret… until now.
But it’s a good secret to share, right? I wanted everyone to know that even if you have the same issue as me, you can still make awesome fried chicken that’s as delicious as if it were cooked in the skillet the entire time!
This recipe is my go-to fried chicken recipe and I’ve spent years perfecting it. And in my quest to create the best fried chicken, I’ve followed the advice of several different cooks. Some cooks told me to coat it in butter and egg to get the breading to stick to the chicken and some said egg and milk work best. And while they were both tasty and worked relatively well, they were still a little too fattening for my liking (especially the butter version). So, on a whim I tried using fat-free liquid egg replacement and WOW. It seriously works like a charm!
Hey, just because I eat fried chicken doesn’t mean that I don’t care about calories! Not only are they low-fat, the taste of these liquid eggs as a coating is simply amazing – a total flavour enhancer! I use either cheese & chive or garden vegetable flavour.
Fried Chicken Breading Secret
I have also learned that the secret to the crunchy, tasty breading is the perfect ratio of flour, fine bread crumbs, salt, spices and parmesan cheese. Yes, parmesan cheese – it really boosts the flavour. And I have nailed it! Oh and I actually used to use legs for this recipe, but when I tried using chicken thighs instead, it was life altering. It’s sooo much easier and less messy to cook and eat! And you can easily grab these little guys in one hand.
Picnic Fried Chicken
This fried chicken makes an excellent picnic chicken or a great addition to your lunchbox because it’s not greasy, it’s portable and easy to eat. And eating in your vehicle may not exactly be a picnic, but eating lunch in my vehicle between meetings is pretty standard for me, so PORTABLE is a necessary lunchbox requirement. And it’s also great lunch to send to school with the kids. They love having these leftovers in their lunchbox!
So if you also struggle with getting the inside of your chicken, as well as the outside cooked to perfection or just want to do it faster, then give this shortcut chicken a try. And if the skillet method and time are not issues for you, then go ahead and cook it the entire time in the skillet! It’s still the best fried chicken coating/breading ever!
Looking for the perfect side salad to accompany this chicken? Here are a few options:
Skillet Fried Chicken
- 8 chicken thighs
- 3 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
- 1/2 cup Liquid egg replacement *I use Burnbrae farms Cheese & Chive or Garden Vegetable
- Heat oil in skillet on medium.
- Thoroughly coat chicken in egg replacement turning to cover completely.
- In a separate bowl mix parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, flour, salt, cajun seasoning and garlic powder.
- Thoroughly coat chicken in dry mixture
- Immediately transfer to hot frying pan and cook uncovered for approximately 5-7 minutes on medium high, until one side is brown and crispy.
- Turn gently and cook on other side for same time or until browned on outside. Cook about 5 minutes medium high on each side,
- Remove from skillet and microwave for 5-7 minutes until no longer pink. *7 minutes is the magic number for me!
- Cut to ensure inside is cooked, then drain off oil and juices and place on paper towel to absorb any remaining oil.
- Serve hot or cold!
This post is part of The Country Cook Weekend Potluck!