The Ultimate Fried Chicken Showdown: Stovetop vs Oven vs Air Fryer

I put 3 different appliances to the test making fried chicken, and my air fryer left me disappointed

I used 3 different appliances to make fried chicken, but the air fryer disappointed me.

Fried chicken made with a stovetop, oven, and an air fryer. Rachel MacPherson

Hey there, fashionistas! Today, we’re going to dive into a topic that is sure to make your taste buds tingle and your glam game go wild – fried chicken! But not just any fried chicken, we’re talking about the ultimate face-off between the stovetop, the oven, and the trendy air fryer.

Now, everyone knows that fried chicken is the epitome of comfort food, but let’s be real, the whole deep-frying process can be a bit of a hot mess. So, in the name of fashion-forward culinary experiments, I took on the challenge of finding a more convenient and potentially lighter way to achieve crispy perfection.

Fried-chicken ingredients. Rachel MacPherson

I gathered my ingredients, sexy skin-on thighs and drumsticks from Costco, and prepared a tantalizing buttermilk soak. After an hour of marinating, I boldly breaded my chicken with a deliciously seasoned flour mixture. It was like giving my chicken a haute couture makeover, darlings!

The Air Fryer: Juicy, but Where’s the Crunch?

Fried chicken in an air fryer. Rachel MacPherson

With my air fryer in hand, I sprayed the breaded chicken with oil and set it inside the trendy contraption. As the minutes ticked by, my excitement grew. But alas, when I unveiled my creation, the texture fell short of my couture dreams. The chicken looked deceivingly brown, but that crispy, bumpy texture I desired was M.I.A.

Don’t get me wrong, the air-fried chicken was moist and delectable, but it lacked that satisfying crunch I crave. It’s like wearing a gorgeous outfit but forgetting to accessorize, you know? I might still use the air fryer for its convenience and minimal mess factor, but I’ll definitely be experimenting with a wet batter to amp up the crunch factor.

The Stovetop: The Fashionista’s Favorite

Chicken thigh being deep fried on a stove. Rachel MacPherson

Ah, the stovetop method, my trusted fashion companion. I filled my Dutch oven with sizzling oil, like a fashionista strutting her stuff on the runway. Carefully placing the breaded chicken in, I turned them oh-so-gently to ensure a rich, golden brown hue. Fifteen minutes later, the moment of truth arrived.

Plate after plate of juicy, crispy perfection emerged from the hot oil. The chicken was like a stunning haute couture gown, fitted to perfection and bursting with flavor. The coating was flawlessly crispy, with a bold combination of seasoning and spices that set it apart from the other methods. The stovetop method knows how to make a fashion statement, darling!

The Oven: A Fashion Disaster or a Hidden Gem?

Fried chicken in an oven. Rachel MacPherson

Now, let’s talk about that oven-fried method, shall we? I heated a cast-iron pan, poured in melted butter, and added the breaded chicken. The butter started browning, giving off a mysterious aroma. Was this going to be a fashion disaster, or a hidden gem?

Twelve minutes later, I flipped the chicken, praying that it wouldn’t be burnt to a crisp. The oven-gods were on my side today, my friends. The result? A crispy exterior, although marred by slivers of burnt bits, but still delivering an enjoyable crunch. The flavor left something to be desired, perhaps ditching the butter and opting for a more natural oil would elevate the taste.

The Verdict: Stovetop Reigns Supreme!

Fried chicken made on a stovetop, in an oven, and in an air fryer. Rachel MacPherson

As the fashion expert that I am, I must declare the stovetop method as the reigning champion of juicy, crispy, and flavorful chicken. Yes, it may be messy, but the results are catwalk-worthy. The air fryer, on the other hand, provides juicy goodness but lacks that all-important crunch. And as for the oven, it needs some serious wardrobe tweaking to reach its full potential.

So, my fabulous fashionistas, when it comes to frying chicken, don’t be afraid to embrace the sizzle of the stovetop or the convenience of the air fryer. Experiment, have fun, and make sure your taste buds are always dressed to impress!

Now it’s your turn to strut your stuff in the kitchen! Have you tried any of these methods? Or do you have a secret fried chicken recipe that you swear by? Share your fashionably delicious experiences in the comments below and let’s continue our journey of culinary glamour together!