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Dutch Oven Whole Fried Chicken

How to cook a whole fried chicken on the stove or in a deep fryer is here. If you love crispy chicken skin this is how to cook a whole chicken Dutch Oven style or in a deep fryer until perfectly tender.

A great way to cook a whole chicken on the stove in less than 30 minutes. No breading, just light seasoning or dry rub and a ton of flavor all the way around.

Deep Fried Whole Chicken

If you’ve ever wanted to make a fried whole chicken but weren’t sure if that was possible, we will show you! So much easier than having to cut it all up into pieces and you’ll get that crunchy skin you love. NO deep fryer required for this one, just your stovetop and a pot. (affiliate links present)

Deep Fried Whole Chicken

This week we shared fried chicken legs, and those were great. If drumsticks are all your kids will eat then go with those. Many times when shopping around I find that cooking a whole chicken is by far the cheapest. The less work the butcher has to put into prep the less expensive it is, makes sense right?

THIS is how to cook it as is, right out of the package without any separating required. As you know you know you’re going to need a decent amount of vegetable oil to get this done. I wouldn’t choose another variety as this one is mildest and won’t alter the flavor of the skin or meat. You will want some chicken dry rub though to season the outsides really well.

Crispy Deep Fried Whole Chicken

How to Fry a Whole Chicken

You will need a deep pot or Dutch Oven to get this done. If you have the latter yours will need to be a good 8 quart size with a smaller size bird. Since we buy organic ours tend to be on the 3 lb. size of things so this works just fine. I always suggest this type for health benefits and the texture + taste of the meat is way better too.

A large stock pot would work just fine too though. You will need enough for the bird to be submerged, you can determine how much with water. Fill half full and place yours inside, if it is submerged then you’ll need that much oil. Then pour the water out, wipe the inside dry and pour in the same amt. of oil as water.

  • 1 whole chicken ours was 3.8 lbs.
  • Paprika
  • Granulated garlic or garlic powder / onion powder works
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Oil for frying – vegetable or peanut oil for Southern style fried chicken
  • Thermometer to check internal temperature is a must

Keep in mind a decent amount of the seasonings will sluff off when it’s cooked. Keep more on the side for when it is done. When we shared how to cook a whole chicken we typically brush or pour some bbq on top anyway so that works too.

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How Long to Deep Fry a Chicken

Yes our rotisserie chicken in the oven gets the skin crisp but this gets it CRISPY y’all. To determine how much oil you need, put the chicken in a deep pot, then pour in water to the top. After that, remove the chicken and measure the amount of water that is left.

  1. Wipe the pan from moisture, pour in the oil and turn heat to medium. The temperature of the oil needs to reach 350 F before adding bird for best results.
    • It is better to take a deep saucepan, as the oil will boil and possibly splatter.
  2. Dry the chicken with paper towels.
  3. Mix the salt and spices and rub the chicken on all sides.
  4. Gently, lower the chicken into the simmering oil with tongs.
  5. It is important not to overheat the oil. It is also important that the chicken is dry.
  6. After lowering the chicken, loosely cover the pan with a lid and leave the chicken for 7-10 minutes. Make a low heat to prevent the oil from actively boiling.
    • After 10 minutes, the chicken must be carefully turned over to the other side and continue to fry for another 10-12 minutes.
  7. If after 10 minutes (a total of 16 – 25 minutes is typical depending on size) the temperature in the breast reaches 165 F, then the chicken is ready and can be taken out.
  8. If the temperature is lower, then you need to wait another 3-5 minutes. Turn the chicken over again, until it reaches 165.

Crispy Deep Fried Whole Chicken

Remove the finished chicken from the oil and transfer to a plate with a few paper towels on it to absorb excess oil on the outside. Hot oil is also inside the chicken, it must be carefully poured out. Use hot oil in pan to make Fried Biscuits too! After both have cooled down a bit, it can be sliced and enjoyed.

If you’re feeding a crowd you can then use the oil again for other pieces. This is a recipe and how long to deep fry chicken wings which we love too.

How to Fry a Whole Chicken

Deep frying whole chicken minutes per pound

The key is to keep the oil at a steady 350 degrees the whole time if you can. Then you should be able to time it well and cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes per pound. Timing will vary depending on how thick yours is so always have an electric thermometer on hand. Once it has been lifted out, stick it inside the thickest part of the thigh for an accurate temp.

For something smaller like game hens you wouldn’t need near as much oil and they wouldn’t take as long. These are sometimes fun to serve especially with kids. Two can share one bird and the whole thing can be eaten since they are so small. Little ones love the teeny tiny chicken wings on those and cute = more yummy at dinner right? 😉

This is just one of many quick and easy chicken recipes on our site. Once you fall in love with this one you should search that category for others. And if you have leftovers we have tons of ideas for that too. From tacos, to casseroles, or throw it into a large bowl with cream of chicken and tortillas for our chicken tortilla casserole here.

Deep frying whole chicken minutes per pound

What is the best way to fry a whole chicken?

First off you will need a pot that is large enough to fit the whole bird with room for the oil so it is submerged. A stock pot is your best bet, followed by a large Dutch Oven which you likely have. Deep fryers work great if you have one as well of course.

Can you deep fry a chicken?

Yep, and it is delicious. With our whole fried chicken recipe here we explain how long per pound to keep it submerged so it comes out with crispy skin and moist meat inside. Allowing it to rest on top of several paper towels once it comes to temp. is important to absorb excess oil for the best result.

How do you know when deep fried chicken is done?

The internal temperature is the most important factor, 165 degrees F is ideal. If you don’t have a digital meat thermometer you can poke it. If the juices run clear that is another sign it’s done. The outside should be a golden brown and there should be no pink meat either.

Whole Fried Chicken

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Whole Fried Chicken

How to cook a whole fried chicken on the stove or in a deep fryer is here. If you love crispy chicken skin this is how to cook a whole chicken to perfectly tender.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword deep fried, dutch oven, fried, whole chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 329kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • To determine how much oil you need, put the chicken in a deep pot, then pour in water to the top. After that, remove the chicken and measure the amount of water that is left.
  • Wipe the pan from moisture, pour in the oil and turn heat to medium. The temperature of the oil needs to reach 350 F before adding bird for best results. It is better to take a deep saucepan, as the oil will boil and possibly splatter.
  • Dry the chicken with paper towels. Mix the salt and spices and rub the chicken on all sides. Gently, lower the chicken into the simmering oil with tongs. It is important not to overheat the oil. It is also important that the chicken is dry.
  • After lowering the chicken, loosely cover the pan with a lid and leave the chicken for 7-10 minutes. Make a low heat to prevent the oil from actively boiling. After 10 minutes, the chicken must be carefully turned over to the other side and continue to fry for another 10-12 minutes.
  • If after 10 minutes (a total of 17-22 minutes) the temperature in the breast reaches 165 F, then the chicken is ready and can be taken out. If the temperature is lower, then you need to wait another 3-5 minutes. Turn the chicken over again, until it reaches 165.
  • Remove the finished chicken from the oil and transfer to a plate with a few paper towels on it to absorb excess oil on the outside.
  • Hot oil is also inside the chicken, it must be carefully poured out. After the chicken has cooled down a bit, it can be sliced and enjoyed.

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Nutrition Facts
Whole Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 805mg35%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 0.4g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.03g0%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 313IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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