How to Fry Chicken Wings

How to Fry Chicken Wings at Home

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Go ahead and splurge. Deep fry those chicken wings. Here’s a handy guide showing you how.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Vegetable or canola oil, enough to fill a pot by 1 and 1/2 inches
  • 4 chicken wings
  • Sauce (like Buffalo)


  1. In a large pot, pour in 1 and 1/2 inches of vegetable or canola oil. Attach candy thermometer so it’s in the oil, but not touching the pot. Heat on medium to 350°F.
  2. Meanwhile, cut wings into two pieces each. Learn how here.
  3. Use tongs to carefully lower the 8 wing pieces into the oil. The oil temperature may drop when the wings are added. Try to keep oil at 350-375°F. If it drops too low, increase heat. If temperature rises, reduce heat. If it keeps rising, take the pot off of heat and transfer to a cool element for 1 minute. Monitor.
  4. Flip wings occasionally until well browned and the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165° F on an instant-read thermometer, 8-10 minutes. Place on a plate with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  5. Toss with sauce. Serve immediately.

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