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Old 01-03-2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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How to use Baking Soda to make Fried Chicken crispier?

Hello guys,

How do I use baking soda to make fried chicken crispier?

Do I just mix a certain amount with the frying flour ?

Or do I have to first 'activate' the baking soda?
I've heard that baking soda makes fried chicken crispier, but it has to be first mixed with water so it 'activates' otherwise the fried chicken won't be crispy. Is this correct?

I usually never use water/milk/egg to fry my chicken. I just use flour. Will adding baking soda to flour-only make fried chicken crispier?

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Old 01-03-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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I've never used it so I really can't help. I have used cornstarch in a batter before though. I would say that it could be used for anything you are frying though. I'm going to have to experiment now!!
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:41 AM   #3
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I've heard and used baking soda in a liquid batter for fried chicken. But never added it to the dry ingredients. I soak my chicken peices in buttermilk overnight and roll in the dry ingredients. I press the mixture to the chicken before frying in hot crisco.
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I've heard and used baking soda in a liquid batter for fried chicken. But never added it to the dry ingredients. I soak my chicken peices in buttermilk overnight and roll in the dry ingredients. I press the mixture to the chicken before frying in hot crisco.
Exactly how I do it! Sometimes I do use a wet batter...in which case it is usually equal parts beer and flour.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:55 PM   #5
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You'll need to have a liquid to use baking soda. One with an acid. So if you are putting the baking soda in with your dry ingredients you need to use buttermilk, or sour cream or something to add to it to activate the b. soda.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:59 AM   #6
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I use baking powder in my fried okra. It helps make the coating puff a little so they're rounder, like what you see in restaurants. I mix it in with the flour which is the first layer, then do the egg and corn meal. I guess the moisture from the okra and egg is enough to get it going.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:25 AM   #7
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You can use baking soda only if you're making a batter that contains an acid like buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, etc. As has been noted - it needs an acid to activate it before it will do anything.

If you are going to be breading (dredge the chicken in flour, then in a milk and/or egg wash, then roll in flour again) you should use baking powder which contains baking soda and the acids needed to activate it. Use 1.5 teaspoons baking powder per 1 cup of all purpose flour.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:11 PM   #8
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Sounds very interesting. I have not heard of this method before. I will have to try it !
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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I use CLUB SODA in my tempura batter to make it extra crunchy, but I've never tried using it in regular batter. It's something you might experiment with... adding it at the last moments just before battering the chicken, and not adding it as an extra ingredient, but in place of some of the other liquid, so the batter stays thick.
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I use baking powder in a recipe for coconut shrimp - it helps the rest of the coatings adhere and seems to make them crisper.
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