Can You Fry Chicken Without Flour?


Last updated on September 19th, 2022 at 09:40 am

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Frying foods has been around for hundreds of years. We went from frying vegetables and meat to now frying desserts. If it’s a food you like, it might taste better fried. 

While frying may not be the healthiest option for eating, it sure does taste good. 

There are even a few different ways that you can fry food too. You can pan-fry food with a light amount of oil or butter. You can air-fry food with the help of an air fryer. You can also deep fry food with a big pot of oil or a deep fryer. 

Whichever option you prefer for frying food, the results still end up the same, delicious. 

If you were planning on frying chicken and realized that there is no flour in the house, can you still fry chicken? Will frying chicken with flour still be considered fried chicken? 

You can fry chicken without flour, but it might dry out the meat. If you plan on frying chicken without any type of coating, you could end up with a rather dry grilled chicken. 

However, there are a few substitutes you can use as a coating if there is no flour available. You can fry chicken without a coating, but it will no longer be fried chicken, just grilled chicken. 

What Can You Use If You Do Not Have Flour To Fry Chicken? 

Have you ever had the idea of dinner in your head all day? You start craving something and then you cannot get that food out of your head until you eat it. You are thinking of fried chicken all day long and can’t wait to get home so you can make and eat some fried chicken. 

You even just got a new air fryer that you are so excited to use to make the fried chicken too. 

You finally make it home after a rough day of work, but it doesn’t even matter, you are having fried chicken for dinner. You pull out the chicken that’s been thawing in the fridge and then head over to your pantry to get the flour, but you can’t seem to find it. 

You then remember that you used the last of the flour for the cake you made the other day.

Are you doomed to have this craving for fried chicken for another night? Do you have to find a restaurant near you that serves fried chicken and order from there? But what about using your air fryer? You were so excited. 

Are there any substitutes you can use for flour when making fried chicken? 

There are many substitutes you can use for flour when making fried chicken. Here are a few. 

  •  Cornstarch: You can use cornstarch as a substitute for flour when you make fried chicken. All you need to do is mix the cornstarch with water and cover the chicken with it. If you are looking for a little extra flavor, you could marinate the chicken before coating it with the cornstarch. Another benefit to using cornstarch instead of flour is that it’s gluten-free. If you are looking to avoid gluten but still love fried chicken, try making it with cornstarch instead. 
  • Eggs and Breadcrumbs: This combination of eggs and breadcrumbs is an excellent option to try in the air fryer. Since the eggs are a bit runny and slimy, they can tend to slide right off the chicken when placed straight into the oil. To coat your chicken in eggs and breadcrumbs, you will need to beat a few eggs and place them in a bowl big enough to dip the chicken in. After you have fully submerged the chicken into the eggs, you will then add the breadcrumbs. Make sure that every inch of the chicken is covered with breadcrumbs, otherwise, you will have a few bare spots without any crunch. 
  • Alternative Flour: If you are out of flour but have some almond, quinoa, or chickpea flour in your pantry, you can use those. Alternative flours are a great option to use in place of regular flour. Whether you are trying to be healthy or just out of regular flour, you can use these flours to coat your chicken and make fried chicken.  

Can You Deep Fry Food Without Breading? 

Deep-fried food is some of the best, unhealthiest food out there. You can go to an amusement park and enjoy the smells and tastes of fried food. If you are a fan of all foods fried, you can fry your own food at home. 

All you need is some oil and a deep enough pan to fry in. But what about batter or breading? Can you still fry foods without any type of batter or breading? 

You can fry food without any breading or batter, but it won’t taste the same. If you are frying meat without any type of batter or breading, it will be dry and the outer layer of meat will most likely taste like the oil. 

If you are planning on frying desserts like Oreos or Twinkies without batter, you’ll just have an oily-tasting dessert. While you can fry without the batter/breading, it won’t taste the same and your taste buds will be disappointed. 

What Is The Best Oil To Deep-Fry Chicken In? 

Fried chicken is one of the best comfort foods. Fried chicken paired with either mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese makes for a warm and comforting dinner. Fried chicken tastes best when it has a golden crispy outer shell and a soft, juicy inside. 

If you find that your fried chicken at home comes out darker brown and a bit dry, the problem might just be with the oil. 

With plenty of different oils to choose from when frying chicken, it can be a bit overwhelming. A few different factors to consider when choosing an oil are smoke point and flavor. 

Many people prefer that the oil has no flavor since you will have marinated the meat before frying it. The smoke point is important because this is where the chicken ends up becoming a darker brown instead of a golden color. You want the oil you choose to have a high smoke point to help avoid that dark brown chicken. 

Here are a few different oils that are best to use when frying chicken at home. 

  • Pure Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is a great option if you own your own deep fryer. Typically, the chicken will cook at 375ºF and the smoke point for vegetable oil is 450ºF. You most likely will not even reach the smoke point when using vegetable oil which means that your chicken will be golden and moist instead of brown and dry. Vegetable oil also doesn’t have much of a flavor which is great if you weren’t wanting anything with extra flavor. 
  • Peanut Oil: Peanut oil also has a high smoke point which means it won’t overcook the chicken. Peanut oil does have a bit of a nutty taste to it, but the taste is very mild and hardly even noticeable.
  • Sunflower Oil: The smoke point for sunflower oil is typically between 475ºF to 520ºF. The higher the smoke point, the better tasting the fried chicken. Another benefit to using sunflower oil is that there isn’t much of a taste to it either. 

Final Thoughts

Fried chicken is a delicious comfort food that does require some type of breading. If you are out of flour, you can use a few different substitutes to create a golden crispy outer layer.  

Hannah R.

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