Just to confirm: with 2" oil, it should cover the chicken, not just the bottom as I imagine pan frying would be.

I have a question about step 5 on the recipe "Essie's Fried Chicken" from jwolfsthal. It says:

"In a large cast iron pan or dutch oven, bring 2" of oil to 375 degrees. Do not use too much oil. This recipe is for pan fried, not deep fried, chicken. Deep fried is a whole other flock of birds. Temperature control here is really important. Keep oil as close to 375 for the whole cooking period as possible."

  • Posted by: wietje
  • November 2, 2011


Blissful B. November 2, 2011
By those directions, I would say 2" of oil before adding the chicken, which means it will come up the sides of the chicken, but not cover it completely.
wietje November 2, 2011
@BlissfulBaker: Thank you.
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