How Long to Cook Bone-In Chicken Using a Deep Fryer

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A classic comfort food, fried chicken also cooks quickly, putting a meal on your table in a hurry. Bone-in chicken pieces retain moisture during their short cooking time of 10 to 15 minutes so that you are able to enjoy juicy, crunchy-coated chicken with little fuss.

Deep Frying Times

Bone-in chicken requires slightly more time to cook than boneless cuts. The average time to deep fry wingdings is around four minutes. Whole wings take about 10 minutes, and thighs and legs require 12 minutes.

Bring chicken to room temperature before cooking to use these time estimates; along with following times for cooking, watch for the color of the chicken's breading to develop a deep brown color. Fry chicken in a high smoking point oil heated to 350 degrees F and remove pieces as they become golden brown and float.

Check internal temperature using a kitchen thermometer to ensure doneness; internal temperature should register at 165 F.