Ultra Crispy Chicken: The Cornstarch Secret To Perfection

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Craving perfectly crispy, golden brown fried chicken without all the mess? This recipe using cornstarch is your answer! This simple technique delivers a delightful crunch on the outside and keeps the chicken juicy and flavorful on the inside.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

For Crispy Fried Chicken Use Cornstarch  The Kitchn
For Crispy Fried Chicken Use Cornstarch The Kitchn


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (cut into bite-sized pieces)

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep the Chicken: Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels. This is crucial for achieving maximum crispness. In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using). Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned cornstarch mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

    2. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. You can test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of cornstarch mixture into the oil. If it sizzles and floats to the surface, the oil is ready.

    3. Fry the Chicken: Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil, in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Tip: Don’t overcrowd the pan, as this can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy chicken.

    4. Drain and Season: Once golden brown, remove the chicken pieces from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil. Season the chicken with salt to taste.

    5. Serve and Enjoy! Serve your crispy chicken immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, like ketchup, honey mustard, or hot sauce. It also pairs perfectly with rice, mashed potatoes, or coleslaw for a complete meal.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on added salt)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 40g

  • Conclusion:

    This crispy chicken recipe with cornstarch is a fantastic way to enjoy delicious, restaurant-quality fried chicken at home. It’s easy to prepare, requires minimal ingredients, and delivers amazing results. With its juicy interior and satisfying crunch, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use other types of oil for frying?

    Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil with other high-heat oils like peanut oil, canola oil, or avocado oil.

    2. What if I don’t have cornstarch?

    You can substitute cornstarch with all-purpose flour, but the chicken won’t be quite as crispy. For a gluten-free alternative, try using arrowroot powder or tapioca flour.

    3. How can I reheat leftover crispy chicken?

    The best way to reheat leftover crispy chicken is to preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake the chicken for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.

    4. Can I marinate the chicken before frying?

    Absolutely! Marinating the chicken in your favorite marinade for 30 minutes to an hour before frying can add extra flavor. Just be sure to pat the chicken dry thoroughly before coating it in the cornstarch mixture.

    5. What are some good dipping sauces for crispy chicken?

    There are endless possibilities for dipping sauces! Here are a few ideas: ketchup, honey mustard, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or a simple combination of soy sauce and vinegar.