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Crispy Shallow Fried Chicken | Skillet Fried Chicken | Easy Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

The crispy fried chicken or the skillet fried chicken is one of the easy chicken recipes available. It will be ready in under 30 minutes and it is ideal for weekdays too since it's super quick and easy. Everyone will love it!!!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: easy chicken recipes, shallow fried chicken, skillet fried chicken
Servings: 3
  • 6 pieces or (1/2 kg) or (1 pound) chicken drumsticks or any skinless bone-in pieces
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chilly
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 10 curry leaves can be substituted with half bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika I add it for color
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala / all spice mix Garam masala recipe
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour/corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon oil for marinade
  • oil for shallow frying
  1. Please read the notes before you start making.
  2. Grind green chilly + mint + curry leaves into a paste. Use fresh ginger and garlic if you don't have a paste.

  3. If using bigger pieces, cut slits on the chicken, marinate with all the spices, and the ground mixture except cornflour and oil. Massage all the spices into the chicken well. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

  4. Now add cornflour, mix it well into the chicken pieces to coat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and mix again.

  5. Add oil in a skillet and place on medium-high heat. Once it is hot, place the chicken pieces. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and cover and cook the chicken for another 10 minutes.

  6. Open the lid and turn the heat to medium-high again. Let it crisp up for another minute. Turn the pieces and let the other side turn crispy as well. It may take another 5 minutes.

  7. Drain on paper towel.

  8. You can serve this with rice, roti, naan or mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

The key to this recipe is the corn starch which gives the crispiness. Another important thing is to keep the heat on medium-high during the initial stage of cooking, or it might convert to chicken curry.

Depending on what chicken piece you are using, cooking time may vary. I have seen that the chicken drumsticks/legs are the ones which takes longer to cook.

Try to use small pieces with bones because this keeps it moist and more flavorful and makes the cooking process way easier.

The amazing flavor of this fry comes from the ground herbs, so please don't skip that stage. Also if you use fresh ginger and garlic it will make a wonderful difference.