How to fry already cooked chicken?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to fry already cooked chicken?”, discuss answers to other related questions like how to check if the chicken is cooked properly, and can you eat undercooked chicken.

How to fry already cooked chicken?

To fry already cooked chicken, first of all, you have to bring that at room temperature if it is frozen. Once it is at room temperature, you can carry out normal procedures of dredging and frying. Make sure to fry the chicken until it is golden brown and crispy from the outer side.

2 ways to fry already cooked chicken

Frying boiled chicken

First of all, prepare seasoning to dredge the boiled chicken. For this, you can add dried herbs, black pepper, onion powder, or paprika to a cup of flour. Crack 2 eggs in a separate bowl and coat the boiled pieces of chicken with the eggs well.

Once coated, roll these pieces in the prepared flour seasoning and let them fry in a preheated pan with oil in it. Allow the chicken to cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until it is golden brown and crisp.

Frying precooked chicken

Preheat the skillet with some sesame oil and add 2 garlic cloves with 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger to it. Add the pre-cooked chicken and some vegetables to the pan. Fry the ingredients, stirring them frequently with a slotted spoon until the chicken is heated through and the vegetables are crisp yet tender.

How to check if the chicken is cooked properly?

  • Use a meat thermometer

When you are using a digital thermometer to check doneness, insert the tip of the thermometer to the thickest part of the meat. Make sure that the tip does not touch the bone, as being a conductor of heat it will give more temperature value and you will end up having a false reading. The USDA’s recommended safe internal temperature of the cooked chicken beast is 165℉.

  • Feel the meat

If you are not having a meat thermometer, you can conduct a “finger test” to check the chicken for doneness. This test needs some expertise but practicing can help you master this expertly. If you want to master the finger test, consider the following ways:

To know what raw meat looks like, pinch the flesh of your hand below your thumb while your hand is relaxed.

To know what medium-rare meat looks like, touch your middle finger lightly to your thumb and pinch it.

To know what medium-cooked meat feels like, touch your ring finger to thumb.

To know what well-done meat looks like, touch your pinkie and thumb together.

  • Poke the meat to see if juices are red or color

For properly cooked chicken, if you cut into it and the juices run clear, then the chicken is fully cooked. If the juices are red or have a pinkish color, your chicken may need to be cooked longer.

Can you eat undercooked chicken?

Chicken is the most widely used protein in the world because it has lower fat and a higher protein ratio. But if you eat undercooked or raw chicken, you can get seriously ill because certain microorganisms are found on the chicken that are potentially pathogenic. 

So it is very important to cook the chicken completely, as at an internal temperature of 165℉, most of these pathogens are killed.

Pathogens found in undercooked chicken

The most important pathogens that are found in the raw or undercooked chicken are Salmonella and Campylobacter. But certain other bacteria can also be found in raw or undercooked chicken including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus, and Klebsiella.

Illness after consuming undercooked chicken

As discussed earlier, if the chicken is undercooked, there are sure chances of the presence of Salmonella and Campylobacter or both. Both of these bacteria are known to cause severe food poisoning.

Symptoms of Salmonella-based food poisoning may appear within 24-48 hours after consumption of undercooked chicken and these symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and muscle pain. These symptoms will last for 2-4 days until and unless the immune system becomes able to cope with the pathogen.

Symptoms of Campylobacter-based food poisoning appear within 2-10 days after consumption of undercooked chicken and these symptoms are the same as those of Salmonella-based food poisoning but the difference is that there is bloody diarrhea due to Campylobacter. These symptoms last for up to 4 days but if the condition is getting more severe, you may also need to take some antibiotics.

Other FAQs about Chicken that you may be interested in.

How to boil chicken breast from frozen?

How to boil chicken drumsticks on the stove?

How to boil chicken for dogs?


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to fry already cooked chicken?”, discussed answers to other related questions like how to check if the chicken is cooked properly, and can you eat undercooked chicken.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.