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Sep 16, 2010 02:05 PM

Just how much more (or less) healthy is deep frying vs others

I know that when deep frying, if done properly and with the right oil, not much oil is added due to the steam barrier. As I was putting some frozen breaded chicken nuggets in the oven the other day, I wondered just how much of a difference it would be if I deep fried them. I figure in the oven, no oil is added but some amount may drip off. If I deep fried, the added oil would be whatever doesn't drip off the outer coating after I take it out and whatever gets absorbed by the breading. Are there any articles that actually measure this difference?
Also, I am curious about the difference between pan frying a chicken and deep frying. When I pan fry, I need to flip the chicken over once. I have much less oil so I'm not sure if the steam barrier effect occurs on the parts that touch the oil. It seems that the entire piece of chicken gets coated with oil anyways so would it be equivalent, or even worse?

It would be nice to see some actual numbers so I can get an idea of what the actual difference is.

The other method I use to cook chicken is grilling it. ofcourse, I dont get the crisp effect, but it seems like it is the healthiest way.


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  1. I dont know so much about deep frying but I know that protein cant absrob more than a very small amout of fat and protiens with a lot of fat in them, like bacon, releses some of its fat when its cooking. carbs on the other hand, like bread and potatos absorb much more fat.

    so i guess the healthy deep fried alternetiv is to skip the batter

    1. The breading in those nuggets is usually set with vegetable oil so they fry and crisp up in the oven. Deep frying will add more oil but may taste just fine or better than the oven method.

      It's my observation that deep frying will not add more oil than oven roasting with oil which is often used as an alternative to frying. When I do home fries in the oven I find the amount of oil used for the home fries is usually more than the oil used when deep frying after measuring the recovered oil from the fryer.