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Crispy & Tender Fried Chicken

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This crispy and tender fried chicken has a light and delicious coating that is crunchy, yet the chicken itself is juicy and tender. You can do this with just a few tablespoons of oil and a non-stick skillet.

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Simple Fried Chicken Plated
Simple Fried Chicken Plated

Healthier Version of Fried Chicken

Because the chicken has so much flavor and delivers on crunch, we don’t miss the added breading and oil. Now, we do enjoy a delicious chicken dinner with lots of deep fried goodness quite often. Probably too often for our waste line.

Making little changes to a recipe to amp up the healthy factor is key.

Crispy and Tender Fried Chicken
Crispy and Tender Fried Chicken

Using Less Oil

We try to eat healthy and this means using less oil or at least using the oil that is good for you. The chicken is fried in just 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil. I love using olive oil.

Actually, I have a jar of olive oil sitting on my kitchen counter, as I use it just about everyday for something. Sometimes it is a salad dressing. Here is a recipe for a simple oriental salad dressing. Just amazing flavor. Other times, it is for frying. Of course, a little drizzle on top of food is sometimes just the perfect finish.

Spice Options for Dusting Chicken

Today, I just used salt, pepper, and garlic powder. However, the spices can be changed up for a completely different taste. This helps the recipes you make for your family stay simple and uncomplicated, yet satisfying and new flavors for everyone to enjoy.

Spices I have used include paprika, Italian seasoning, cayenne, thyme, oregano, and probably a few others too. It is fun to experiment in the kitchen.

Simple Weeknight Chicken
Simple Weeknight Chicken

Cooking Time for Chicken

This chicken really does not take that long to fry. Approximately 10-12 minutes for the legs and wings and 12-18 minutes for the breast and thigh. Fry until the skin is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit it is done.. This is the thermometer I use, it is less than $10; noting fancy, but it quickly gets the job done.

I like to let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This helps the juices stay in the meat.

However, if you would prefer to get fried chicken by baking the chicken; I have that recipe for you too. Here is a recipe for Oven-Fried Chicken.

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Crispy and Tender Fried chicken

This crispy and tender fried chicken has a light and delicious coating that is crunchy, yet the chicken itself is juicy and tender. You can do this with just a few tablespoons of oil and a non-stick skillet.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 276kcal


  • 1 Whole Chicken Cut-up.
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Pepper
  • 3 TBL. Oil I used Olive Oil


  • In a shallow bowl, mix the flour and spices.
    Flour and Spices in Shallow Bowl
  • Dust both sides of the chicken with the flour mixture.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan skin side up. Fry for 4-5 minutes. Turn the chicken over, putting the skin side down.
    Turning Chicken in Skillet
  • Cover the skillet and continue frying the meat. I found that this helps the meat cook evenly, faster and still retains the crispy skin. Cook another 4-5 minutes. Temp the legs and wings, if they are done, remove them from the pan and continue cooking the breast and thigh until it reaches 165 degrees.
    Crispy and Tender Fried Chicken
  • Let the chicken rest on a plate or platter 5-10 minutes to seal in the juices before serving.
    Simple Weeknight Chicken

Your Own Private Notes


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg
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