Electric skillets are great alternatives to deep fryers. They are more versatile than a deep fryer but still great at deep frying. When shopping for the best electric skillet you want to have enough capacity to not have to make several batches and you want walls that are high enough to hold a good amount of oil without getting too close to the top edge of the rim. You also want an electric skillet with a good track record for quality and customer feedback. After sifting through many reviews and reading hundreds of customer comments we found that the Presto 06857 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet is the best choice for frying chicken for its bang for the buck as well as its very positive reviews and feedback from real customers. It has a very good capacity with tall walls and can be stored away more easily than competitors with its foldaway design. Continue reading to learn more about the Presto electric skillet and 2 other suggestions incase the Presto doesn’t seem like the best fit for your needs.
Many times it can be difficult to decide which product is the best fit for the criteria of our review. In this case however, the Presto 06857 Electric Skillet is easily the best electric skillet that you can buy for frying chicken. It brings a large size, high walls, foldaway design, cool touch handles, and a pour spout/utensil holder. Plus it is one of the least expensive options on the market. This electric skillet truly is tough to beat. This design has been around for years and for good reason. There just isn’t any reason to alter its design so Presto has been keeping it in its current form. It goes to show that if you design something well and offer it at a reasonable price you can do very well. Competing manufacturers can make slightly less expensive products but they all either lack size, features, or both. Our runner up pick was the only one that came close to the performance of the Presto without being more expensive.
The De’Longhi BG45 Electric Skillet is a close runner up to the Presto Electric Skillet. It is only slightly smaller and is less expensive. It also lacks the foldaway design and pour spout/utensil holder which may not be of much concern for some buyers in exchange for saving a few dollars. It’s a very capable electric skillet with very tall walls and a huge capacity. The handles are cool to the touch and De’Longhi touts it as dishwasher safe. Reviews are very positive as well is most feedback from real customers. It isn’t quite as popular as the Presto despite being less expensive but this is likely because the cost savings is minimal for the lack of features. Still, when every dollar counts this is a very admirable performer and would serve anyone well as a quality electric skillet for fried chicken and other foods.
The Cuisinart CSK-150 is an upgrade pick for it’s quality construction. The Presto and De’longhi are both made from aluminum while the Cuisinart is made from stainless steel. For actual cooking purposes aluminum general cooks more evenly than stainless steel however it is much more durable and can withstand hits much easier without denting or dinging. With quality stove top stainless steel skillets from companies such as All-Clad, a core of aluminum is often surrounded by layers of stainless steel so that you get the best of both worlds. That does not appear to be the case with this electric skillet although I don’t want to make too big of an issue about the even cooking. The heating element for this electric skillet has been specifically designed for the pan and does a very good job of evenly cooking. The reason to upgrade to this model would be for its durability only. It performs on par with the other two although it is the smallest as well. The size is still reasonable ample for frying chicken. It is quite a bit more expensive than the others. While this unit may sound like it poor bargain, it should well outlive the other two and this can more than make up for the cost difference if you intend to give it heavy use.
Place your breaded chicken in your electric skillet with corn oil filled about one quarter of the height of the skillet interior. Make sure that your oil is heated to 360 degrees or medium high and don’t crowd the pieces of chicken. They should cook on one side for 8 to 10 minutes. Flip and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and allow to drain.
Many manufacturers of electric skillets claim that their electric skillets are dishwasher safe. We don’t doubt that this is generally true but any non stick surface will wear out over time and dishwashers are notoriously rough on non stick coatings. We recommend not placing your non stick electric skillet in the dishwasher. Rinse it in the sink with soap and water and gently wipe clean with a paper towel or kitchen rag. As long as the non stick coating is in good shape it should clean very easily.
Wrapping up our review of the best electric skillet, we have to say it’s a slam dunk. The Presto 06857 is easily the winner bring the heat with price, features, and size. The only knock is durability due to the all aluminum construction versus stainless steel but that would significantly increase the price to that similar to the Cuisinart CSK-150 and we have to admit, there are few people that will prize durability over the price, size, and features of the Presto. The Presto 06857 truly is the best choice for frying chicken.
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