Sous Vide Fried Chicken Recipe

There are some recipes where the sous vide really shines. Using your machine to sous vide fried chicken is one of those instances. One of the most difficult things about the classic fried chicken recipe, is trying to cook the inside of the chicken without making a burned mess of the crust. In this recipe the sous vide cooks your chicken to the perfect internal temperature. The deep-frying is the finishing touch.

Before I got my sous vide, I only made fried chicken maybe once or twice. Now, fried chicken is a staple in my house. It is perfectly crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside!

sous vide fried chicken

How long do I have to fry the chicken for?

Because we are sous viding first, the chicken only needs a flash fry of 3-5 minutes to get the skin nice and crispy!

What is the best oil to use?

There are multiple options, but I would recommend canola or vegetable oil for its high smoke point. It can also be reused. Ideally we want to fry our sous vide fried chicken at around 350 degrees.

What pieces of chicken are best?

You can use all the different cuts from the chicken. My favorite are the drumsticks.

What Equipment do I need?

  • Sous Vide Machine – our favorite right now is the Anova or the Joule.
  • Container – not necessary, but nice to have for bigger cuts of meat. We recommend the Lipavi as it is large and sturdy. You can also use a pot.
  • Vacuum sealer and bags, or a freezer Ziploc bag. You can find our favorite vacuum sealers here – 5 Best Sous Vide Vacuum Sealers (Reviews Updated 2021)

Sous Vide Fried Chicken Recipe

Step 1

Set your Sous Vide Machine to 155 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

sous vide fried chicken

Season your chicken with salt and pepper and place in your favorite sous vide bag, or in a Ziploc, and place it in the water bath. If using a Ziploc make sure to use the water displacement method.



Step 3

Cook the chicken at 155 for 2 hours

Step 4

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Dry the chicken well. Coat it in the flour, then the egg, and back in the flour.

Step 5

Heat up your cooking oil in a pot to 350 degrees and place a few pieces of chicken in at a time.

Step 6

Cook each piece of chicken until brown and crispy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!

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sous vide fried chicken

Sous Vide Fried Chicken

Using your sous vide to fry chicken is the best way to get a perfectly crispy outside and tender inside!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


The Chicken

  • 1/2 tspn Salt
  • 1/2 tspn Fresh Black Pepper

The Flour and Egg

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper optional
  • Canola Oil for frying
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • Fill up your sous vide container or pot with water and set the machine for 155 degrees
  • Season your chicken with salt and pepper and place inside of your bag, and seal
  • Place the chicken in the container and cook for 2 hours
  • Mix in all the seasonings with the flour in a wide bowl or plastic bag
  • Take out your chicken and dry thoroughly. Coat chicken first in flour, then egg, then flour again.
  • Heat up a pot of oil to 350 degrees
  • Place your chicken in the oil and fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy
  • Cool chicken on a rack. Enjoy!

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