How to Deep Fry Breaded Chicken Breasts

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The greasy result of fast food chains deep frying chicken is quite unlike what breading and deep-frying your own chicken breasts produces. Homemade deep-fried chicken breasts have tender white meat encapsulated in a crunchy and delicious surface. The meat and breading lends itself well to a variety of seasonings and tastes. After being fried, the chicken can be eaten warm or cooled and cut up to add to salads or sandwiches.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Two chicken breasts
  • Large bowl
  • Two eggs
  • Medium bowl
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. ground onion
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Large sealable plastic bag
  • Electric deep fryer
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Pour the buttermilk over the chicken in the large bowl. Place in the refrigerator and allow to soak overnight or for 24 hours.

  • Crack the two eggs in to the medium bowl. Whip them with a fork until they become frothy.

  • Combine the flour, garlic, onion and bread crumbs in the large bag. Seal it and shake it to thoroughly mix them.

  • Fill the deep fryer with oil according to the manufacturer's directions. Turn it on to preheat it to 225 degrees F.

  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, allowing most of the liquid to drip off. Coat it in the beaten eggs.

  • Place the coated chicken breasts, one at a time, in the bag with the flour mixture. Shake it thoroughly to cover the poultry.

  • Insert the chicken carefully in to the heated oil. Cook the chicken for one hour, turning it over once halfway through the cooking time, until completely browned.

  • Remove the chicken from the oil using the tongs. Place them on the paper towels to drain of oil and then serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • The chicken breasts can also be cut in to smaller chunks to create appetizer chicken bites.
  • If using milk instead of buttermilk, add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to it to curdle it and have the same tenderizing effect on the chicken.
  • For a low-fat alternative, bake the breaded chicken breasts in the oven at 350 degrees Ft until cooked - about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Always be careful when working with hot oil as it can easily burn.

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