How To Keep Fried Chicken Crispy: 4 Tips And Tricks

Food preparation is a necessary part of everyday life.

This article will help you to keep fried chicken crispy without going through the extra effort and inconvenience of deep frying it.

This will help you save money and have the crispy fried chicken you’ve always wanted.

How To Keep Fried Chicken Crispy?

Tip #1: Use A Cornstarch Coating

The initial step is to get the right texture of the coating. To make it crispy, a cornstarch coating is needed. It should be too thick but not excessively so.

With just the right amount of thickness, you can keep fried chicken crispy simply by storing it in the fridge overnight.

You can achieve this by using two cups of all-purpose flour and a third cup of cornstarch along with ¼ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper powder to dredge the chicken pieces in before frying.

Tip #2: Drain Fried Chicken On A Rack

Drain fried chicken on a rack. Avoid putting it straight into the food storage container as the chicken pieces can become soggy.

The best way to store it to serve later is by allowing it to cool off a bit before placing it in the fridge overnight.

It is also important to not pack the chicken tightly together so that air will still be able to circulate around the pieces of fried chicken. This will ensure that they remain crispy, even after being packed and stored in the fridge overnight.

Keep Fried Chicken Crispy
Keep Fried Chicken Crispy

Tip #3: Reheat Fried Chicken In The Oven

After the chicken is packed in the food storage container, place it in the oven to warm up. You should have an oven at home that can be used for this purpose.

Set the broiler on high or to preserve heat inside, but do not turn it up all the way to keep it from burning/scorching your chicken.

In as little as a half hour after getting home from work (or even earlier), you can have your fried chicken ready for dinner or even for having cold leftovers for breakfast.

Tip #4: Serve Fried Chicken Immediately

Once cooked, lightly dust with flour and serve hot. You should be able to serve and eat it in as little as 15 minutes.

If you have made the mistake of putting your chicken pieces in the oven after it has cooled down, leave them on the stove to warm up once again so that you can have them at room temperature as soon as they are ready.

Another option is to put them outside on a wire rack to keep them warm while you prepare lunch or dinner.

Other Tips And Considerations

You may want to dip your fried chicken pieces into buttermilk or egg wash before frying. This will give you the optimum amount of crispiness on each and every piece without having to coat them in starch. When doing this, you should allow them to soak for 15 minutes before coating them with flour.

After that, make sure to remove the excess buttermilk by patting it dry with a paper towel before dredging it in flour again.


Keep your fried chicken crispy by following these tips and tricks. You will avoid having to re-fry your chicken pieces so that they become crispy again after being stored for a long time.

The use of flour and cornstarch coating will make them more crispy compared to the original fried chicken pieces.

Finally, make sure to serve your fried chicken immediately since it only has the optimum amount of crispiness for 15 minutes before it goes south!

Happy cooking!

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I am Naznin, the recipe creator and blogger behind Foods Kitchen (since 2021). I like to try new recipes, especially when they are delicious, so those are my recipes... Hope you like it! Thank you for your time!
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