Don't be afraid. Just be prepared: long sleeves, apron, potholders, a long-handled turning fork and a quick jump out of the way when the chicken pops. And pop it will. If it doesn't, the oil isn't hot enough. And if the oil isn't hot enough, the chicken will be greasy.
When properly fried, the chicken will be perfectly crisp and you will have more oil than you started with (rendered chicken fat).