When making fried chicken, cooking time depends on the chosen cooking method. Pan-fried chicken breasts should cook at least 8 to 12 minutes per side or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 F. Deep-fried chicken breasts need approximately 6 to 10 minutes to reach 165 F.
To ensure proper cooking, the oil must reach 350 F to 375 F before adding the chicken breasts. Once the breasts are added, keep the oil temperature between 300 F and 325 F. If the cooking oil is too hot, the skin cooks too fast and the meat is undercooked. If the oil is not hot enough, the chicken ends up greasy.