While there are dictionaries online, I still prefer to use the bound copy of one in my office. Fry can be either: food cooked in oil or something is destroyed. I have attempted to fry food, on a few occasions. I measured carefully, made sure the pan wasn’t scorching with fire, and that I had everything lined up. *For the record, it needs to be noted that I am a horrible cook*
Watching my grandmother growing up, chicken was a favorite that was fried. Since so many people make it, how hard could it be? As smoked billowed from the pan, eventually setting off the smoke alarm; a burnt hand; and a very unfortunate piece of chicken.
It turns out that the METAL frying pan handle can get extremely hot! The pot holder you were using, which became covered in grease splatter was of no use. If the heat is too high, the chicken burns, and smokes; which results in the smoke alarms going off.
I can say honestly say that I tried to make fried food. It was subsequently destroyed in the process. But from that experience, I did learn a valuable lesson: Fried food is best left to the masters!