Everybody loves a good chicken meal, especially if its full of flavor and fried or cooked to perfection. And if you’re not in the mood to have delicious KFC chicken delivered, the best option is to make it at home utilizing loads of recipes found online for easy and incredibly tasty chicken.
Can You Fry Chicken In A Pressure Cooker?
If you have chicken on your mind and you’re short on kitchen tools you can always use your trusty pressure cooker as a workaround to prepare some amazing chicken right at home. If you’re worried about the pressure cooker being unsafe or if you’re unsure how to actually use it as an alternative to a deep fryer, read on how to get that chicken ready and on your plate in no time.
The whole process of pressure cooking involves cooking your food in a sealed container with some sort of liquid as a base. This process cooks faster than traditional methods, saves precious time, and uses less energy than other conventional methods. The pressure in the cooker is formed from the steam build up generated from boiling the liquid in the container, which is either broth or simple water depending on what you need to cook. The trapped steam increases the pressure and thus the temperature dramatically, and after the cooking is done the pressure is safely and gradually released from the cooker. All major chefs use this method to simulate simmering effects on their food since basically any kind of food that can be cooked in water bases can be easily cooked inside a pressure cooker.
Deep frying foods, however, aren’t realistically possible within a pressure cooker and the closest you can come is to use the pressure to cook your chicken to a crispy finish. Without an actual deep fryer, you can’t exactly recreate frying chicken because pressure cookers cannot generate enough temperature to boil oil nor can they house that much oil needed for frying chicken. They can, however, sauté the food in oil and cook it efficiently but the end result wouldn’t be the same as achieved with a deep dryer or a pressure fryer. Pressure cooking and pressure frying seem similar but the equipment used for each of these methods is very different and unique to the job.
At most, you can use the pressure cooker to tenderize your chicken, permeate flavors into the meat and cook the fat sufficiently, then you can add some oil onto a frying pan and finish the chicken on it to obtain a crispy skin texture and enjoy a well-cooked chicken meal without the need to deep-fry it.