Make KFC Original Fried Chicken
Have you ever craved that Kentucky-fried taste, but just can’t get behind the fast food scene? This recipe for copycat KFC may have some crazy ingredients, but it will definitely have the whole family enjoying take out food from the home! The best way to deep fry the chicken would be with an actual deep fryer, but you may be able to use a pot or skillet instead.
Part 1 of 3:Preparing the Spices for Seasoning and Breading
1. Blend all of the spices in a food processor until they’re all the same size
Blend all of the spices in a food processor until they’re all the same size. This includes your celery salt, garlic salt, and kosher salt, as well as your dried herbs, ground black and white pepper, dried mustard, and paprika. Keep pulsing the ingredients until the herbs are broken up and the same size.
For a more authentic flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon of Accent Seasoning (MSG) for every 1 pound (0.45 kg) of chicken. MSG is a flavor enhancer, but it’s not very healthy.
If you can’t find oregano or thyme, try marjoram and sage instead.
2. Whisk the spice blend into the flour
Whisk the spice blend into the flour. Pour the flour into a large dish, then add the spice blend. Whisk the ingredients together until everything is combined. Set the bowl aside for later.
You’ll be placing your chicken pieces in this. The bowl should be big enough to fit at least 1 chicken breast or 1 chicken thigh.
3. Beat the egg and buttermilk in a separate bowl
Beat the egg and buttermilk in a separate bowl. Do not add them to the bowl with the flour and spiced blend. Instead, crack the egg open into a different bowl, then add the buttermilk. Whisk the 2 ingredients together until the yolk has broken up and no streaks remain.
Make sure that the bowl is deep enough to submerge all of your chicken pieces.
Part 2 of 3:Marinating and Breading the Chicken
1. Cut the chicken apart into 10 pieces
Cut the chicken apart into 10 pieces. You will need: 2 wings, 2 legs (drumsticks), 2 thighs, and 2 breasts. Cut each chicken breast in half so that you have 4 breast pieces total. Try to use a chicken that is around 3 pounds (1.4 kg).
You can also buy chicken pieces separately. For example, you could use 10 chicken breasts.
Leave the skin on the chicken pieces. This will make it nice and crispy.
2. Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for 20 to 60 minutes
Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for 20 to 60 minutes. If you are short on time, then 20 to 30 minutes will do just fine. A full hour would be much better however. Be sure to marinate the chicken on the counter; if you put it into the fridge, the cold meat will decrease the temperature of the hot oil.
Cover the dish with plastic wrap to keep the marinade from spoiling.
If it is very hot in your kitchen, then you could marinate the chicken in the fridge at first, then halfway through the marinating time, transfer it to the counter.
3. Dredge the chicken through the flour-spice blend
Dredge the chicken through the flour-spice blend. Take a piece of chicken out of the buttermilk, and let the excess mixture drip off. Place the chicken into the spice-flour blend, then flip it over so that both sides get covered. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet.
Repeat this step for each piece of chicken. Work 1 piece at a time.
Keep the chicken pieces in the buttermilk until you are ready to dredge them.
4. Let the chicken pieces rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes
Let the chicken pieces rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Discard any leftover spiced flour. It came into contact with raw meat, so it is no longer safe to use.
Be sure to discard any leftover buttermilk marinade; it’s been contaminated by raw meat, so you can’t reuse it.
Part 3 of 3:Frying the Chicken
1. Fill a pot or deep fryer with at least 5 inches (13 cm) of vegetable oil
Fill a pot or deep fryer with at least 5 inches (13 cm) of vegetable oil. The oil needs to be deep enough so that you can submerge the chicken pieces. Plan on using about 2 quarts (1.9 L) of oil.
You can use another neutral-tasting oil. Avoid olive oil, however, as the flavor is too intense.
2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is 350 °F (177 °C)
Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is 350 °F (177 °C). This may take a few minutes, but do not step away from the fryer. Once the oil starts to heat up, the temperature will rise rapidly. Use a candy-making or oil thermometer to keep track of the oil’s temperature.
If you don’t have a thermometer, stick a wooden spoon handle into the oil. The oil is ready once you start to see bubbles around the handle.
3. Fry the chicken in batches for 12 to 18 minutes
Fry the chicken in batches for 12 to 18 minutes. The breasts and wings will be ready in about 12 to 14 minutes. The legs and thighs will take about 15 to 18 minutes.
The chicken is done when the internal temperature reads 165 °F (74 °C). Use a meat thermometer to gauge the temperature.
The oil should be deep enough to ensure even frying, so there’s no need to turn the chicken pieces.
Make the chicken easier to remove by placing the chicken into a fryer basket, then dipping the basket into the hot oil.
4. Use a pair of metal tongs to transfer the chicken to a wire cooling rack
Use a pair of metal tongs to transfer the chicken to a wire cooling rack. To help keep your counter clean, place a baking sheet under the cooling rack to catch any oil drips. Once the chicken has cooled off to room-temperature, it’s ready to serve!
Don’t put the chicken on top of newspaper or paper towels. This will trap the steam in, causing the chicken to go soft.
If you used a fryer basket, lift it out and hook it over the edge of the deep fryer. Use tongs to pull the chicken pieces out.