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Postby caseydog » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:07 pm

I took my first shot at pan fried chicken. I did it in a Griswold #8.

It turned out great -- and I still have a house. :lol:

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Postby Joamon » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:26 pm

The chicken looks delicious. But that pan sure looks shallow. And how about the grease cleanup. I have not had the nerve to try that one yet.
Thanks for the pics. Sure looks good.
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Postby Catoosa Grani » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:27 pm

It really does look good, pretty golden brown. UMMMMMM.

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Postby Zollinger » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:15 pm

:frustrated: Looks great, but I can't smell it from here.
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Postby dguff » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:36 pm

Great job,

That's why a cast iron chicken fryer is considerably deeper than a frying pan. A "kitchen" dutch oven without the legs also works very well on the stovetop. One advantage of cooking fried chicken is a well seasoned pan when you are finished. :thumbsup:

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Postby Loader » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:37 pm

Chicken in a cast iron skillet; just the way Grandma made it!

Looks great CD! Send some across the Metroplex! 8)
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Postby doug hodder » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:34 pm

Looks great CD!!....good thing you have a glass cook top....it is a bear to clean up afterward. They do make a splatter type shield that would work...but you do need the chicken fryer with the hinged lid. I've got one you can have for shipping, unlabeled, probably a lodge #8....but you need the lid with the hinge tab on it. However, any #8 lid fits and lots of other pan lids will work on it. Bottom isn't dead flat for a glass top use, but would be a great camping pan. Doug
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:07 pm

Good looking meal CD! :thumbsup: That's how I fry my chicken but I use a deeper skillet/fryer, but I still make a mess.
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Postby caseydog » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:34 pm

dguff wrote:Great job,

That's why a cast iron chicken fryer is considerably deeper than a frying pan. A "kitchen" dutch oven without the legs also works very well on the stovetop. One advantage of cooking fried chicken is a well seasoned pan when you are finished. :thumbsup:

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Yeah, Jerome, a chicken fryer is deeper, and that concerned me a bit. Having a smooth cooktop helps. I prefer a gas cooktop, but I don't think I would have tried this on an open flame.

I did watch my temperatures carefully. It takes about 600 degrees to spontaneously ignite. I hit 400 and added my chicken, and it dropped to about 300. I then got it back to 350 and held it there.

I have some deeper cast iron dutch ovens, enamel coated Le Cruset iron. But, I wanted to use my Griswold, and I only filled it 1/3 before the meat went in. I never left the kitchen during the cook. That's when things go south when it comes to frying -- the minute you leave the room.

I may look on eBay for a chicken fryer, now that I know how easy it is, and how good it tastes.

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Postby caseydog » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:38 pm

doug hodder wrote:They do make a splatter type shield that would work...


LOL, I have a whole set of splatter screens, and completely forgot about them. I was so focused on the cook, that I forgot about the screens hanging right over my head on my pot rack. :lol:

Oh well, the ceramic cooktop is pretty easy to clean grease off of. As much as I hate that cooktop, it does have it's moments.

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Postby doug hodder » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:02 pm

CD...here's a couple of chicken fryers. On the left is the deco hammered finish Griswold....I'm keeping it...the one on the right...you can have, nice smooth interior, no funky casting, it's a camper, it will rock a bit on a glass top. Fine on a camp stove or on an open fire. Doug

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Postby Mightydog » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:28 pm

We have my wife's Wagnerware pan that she bought when she moved out on her own about 35 years ago. Our chicken looks like the top picture while it's frying. We have a large Farberware pot lidImagethat fits the frying pan nicely.

Not only does it keep the splatter down, it helps cook the chicken and it fits nicely on the Farberware pot that goes with it! I'm learn from Alton Brown and the no-monotasker-in-my-kitchen thing.

Well, that and we haven't found a chicken cooker to buy yet.
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Postby planovet » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:46 pm

Looks tasty Dog :thumbsup:
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Postby Darren » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:51 pm

Looks really good CD. :thumbsup:
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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:45 pm

Hmm...

I have a chicken fryer with hinged lid. Haven't used it yet. Might have to give that a try.

I do all my cooking outside, so i would fry chicken on a Camp Chef Expedition 2X. It has marriage saving characteristics. :D
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