Originally Posted by Andy M.
French fries are supposed to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Was it the chicken or the crust that was too hard. You post seems to suggest both.
Sorry for the lack of info. Let me explain:
The inside of the fried chicken seemed OK. It was the crust. The outside of the chicken (where it was battered) was very very hard (like egg shells). The inside didn't look burned or too dry. I didn't keep the food long enough in my mouth to know for sure though, it was too nasty :(
As for the french fries, they were about 2-3 times more crunchy than you might find in most fast food restaurants. They broke like twigs, but were still edible and somewhat soft on the inside. My point is, I could tell I made them too crunchy. I deep fried the french fries at 375F for about 4 minutes.
I have a feeling that everything I deep fry is getting too crunchy. I'm not sure if I'm cooking things for too long or if I'm using the wrong temps. I use peanut oil for everything.