Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kentucky Fried Chicken

I have been doing a lot of research on Kentucky Fried Chicken recipes and have collected some recipes but never really found the time to make it. My husband Thomas decided to make it last night, after looking at the recipes I gathered- but tweaked it to what he felt to be the most suitable blend of spices. It came out exactly like the Colonel's chicken and hit all the right spots. I dont think I will have to visit a KFC again- it tasted so much better home-made with mashed potato, salad and homemade wedges.

The most important thing is to make a milky brine mix first: (for 8 pieces of chicken)
3 litres of water
1/2 litre of milk
1 tbs MSG
1.5 tbs salt
2 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp thyme
1/2 tbs sugar
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

1. Soak chicken in milky brine overnight.

Then prepare seasoned flour mix:
20 tbs white flour
1 tsp MSG
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt

1. Take chicken out of milky brine and dip in seasoned flour.
2. Remove to a plate and allow to dry for 20 minutes.
3. Then dip the chicken in brine and flour again (this is called double dipping).

Then you deep fry chicken in hot sunflower oil- turn the heat to medium and fry two pieces at a time in a large pot/pan until golden brown for 10-12 minutes.

And there you have it, Kentucky Fried Chicken made right in your own home.

Note: My pieces of chicken were made specially without the MSG addition and the rest were made with MSG- I found that the MSG made a big difference in how the chicken tasted if you want to make it taste like true KFC-style chicken. In the first link posted above, the people at Guardian compared two KFC style recipes and found that the one with the MSG tasted exactly like what you can find in KFC restaurants. So I suppose the colonel's secret is not a 'blend of herbs and spices' but rather one flavor enhancer ;-)

In the second link, the chicken is prepared by a man who used to work in KFC and he says that the overnight brine mix is very important. He makes a brine mix, and then later makes a mild milk wash- in this case, we combined the brine and milk in one go. I think he is right- that the overnight brine mix is vital if you want to make good tasty chicken that browns up beautifully in the fryer.


Atli said...

Holy moly Paula... I would really like to try this out one day! Looks like the real deal (that is the KFC deal ;) )

Paula said...

It really tasted like KFC- we are planning to make it again when the weather is warmer. We fried the chicken in our kitchen but found that the smell permeated the whole apartment for an entire day so we want to fry it outside on our balcony using our electric cooker during summer. You should definitely come over then with the family :-)

Kelly Hong said...

I nearly bought the 11 herbs and spices! :( will definitely try out your recipe! Thanks again!

Paula said...

You are welcome Kelly :-)