Can you fry chicken in a pressure cooker?

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When I heard about someone frying chicken in a pressure cooker,  I thought—crazy!  That just sounded too dangerous to me.  When I was growing up I would  hear stories about pressure cookers exploding and splattering the kitchen with beet juice.  So it took me a long time to even want to think about using a pressure cooker.

Once I started using the newer pressure cookers with all the safety features, I was hooked.  I liked the speed of cooking, but more importantly I love how it locks in the nutrients.

So, let’s get back to frying chicken in the pressure cooker.  I must admit I am a really good chicken fryer.  The secret to my recipe is that I double dip it before cooking.  So, of course, I am interested in the concept of frying chicken in the pressure cooker because the messy clean-up would be much easier.

After investigating the process further I have come to the overall conclusion that most people are confused with frying in a pressure cooker as opposed to pressure frying.  These are two different processes, using 2 different appliances.  It is not worth the risk although some people seem to have done it.  Also, keep in mind that a pressure fryer is not the same thing as a deep fryer.

PC fried chicken 2There are some recipes that are called “pressure cooker fried chicken”, but in reality they mimic fried chicken.  This is compared to “oven-fried chicken” that is coated with a special coating and then baked.  Here is a recipe for making a substitute fried chicken in the pressure cooker.

The idea is to precook the chicken in the pressure cooker and then put in a large pan with a rack and place under the broiler to make it crispy.

Another idea to make tender fried chicken is to precook it in the pressure cooker and then coat it with whatever you like as a coating and then fry it. That way you are sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked and tender.  This works really good for large groups of people.  You can pressure cook the chicken the day before to save time.

One of the biggest secrets in making crunchy fried chicken in a frying pan is to coat it and then let it sit for 30 minutes before frying.  This gives the coating time to “set up”.  Then, when it is fried the coating doesn’t disappear in the oil.

The second biggest secret for tender chicken is to let it soak in buttermilk overnight.  This usually will make it so tender there is no need to pressure cook the chicken.

There is a lot of talk about how Kentucky Fried Chicken was cooked in a pressure cooker.  This was different from the pressure cooker that is produced for the home.  It was a specially made pressure cooker (commercial fryer) developed just for KFC.

I would like to end this article by repeating  how dangerous it is to try and fry chicken in a pressure cooker.  It is better to use one of the methods that mimic fried chicken or just use the pressure cooker to precook the chicken.  If oil is ever used in the pressure cooker, it is usually just a small amount and not the cooking method.

You are sure to enjoy the following video about how to make “pressure cooker fried chicken.”  It is a step by step demonstration of how to cook chicken in the pressure cooker.   Grandma Lynda shows how she makes it “fried”.  You will love the couple that made this video.  They are someone you know or want to know.  Don’t miss this video even if you don’t want to know how to make the recipe because the couple is so delightful, you will absolutely fall in love with them.



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Tim November 17, 2013, 5:43 pm

That looks fantastic! I will try this at home! But I’m sure it would be 10 times better if she made it! Thanks!…Tim

Margaret June 29, 2014, 1:43 pm

I only recently bought a pressure cooker and I’m already in love with it. I’m learning how to use it and trying out new recipes, and I’m intrigued by the idea of making fried chicken in it. At first I wasn’t sure which one to buy and what to look for but I found this website which really helped me. My only advice for new pressure cooker users is to do your research and just have fun with it. It makes cooking in the kitchen a real joy. Thanks for these tips on making fried chicken, I’ll be giving it a try.