Homemade Kfc Fried Chicken Recipe Is Spot On


There"s something nostalgic about a bucket of KFC Original Recipe Chicken. Growing up, most of us didn"t have parents that were willing to fry chicken at home, so KFC became something of a special occasion food. It made an appearance at block parties, Fourth of July celebrations, và end-of-season soccer tournaments, wowing us with its salty, greasy, spicy, and flavorful crust. If you didn"t grab a piece early enough, you"d over up with the one at the bottom of the bucket, stripped of its extra crispy skin by someone with a voracious appetite (also known as the saddest thing ever).

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The original Colonel Sanders might have hated what the restaurant became after he sold, but we still think their chicken is "finger lickin" good." So why even attempt khổng lồ make it at home? For starters, its less expensive, & you can use higher unique ingredients in your home kitchen. But, mostly, we wanted to see if the rumors spilling the beans on the secret blend of 11 herbs và spices were true. In the end, it was easier than we thought khổng lồ make fried chicken that tasted as good (if not better) than what you"ll find at KFC. But, you bởi vì need to know a few secrets along khổng lồ way khổng lồ ensure your chicken turns out juicy on the inside và crispy on the outside.

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KFC"s chicken isn"t any more complicated than most fried chicken recipes, although it does contain more ingredients. The flavorful coating is created by combining flour with 11 herbs and spices, so get ready to lớn load up the grocery cart with salt, dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano, celery salt, ground black pepper, ground yellow mustard, paprika, garlic salt, ground ginger, và ground white pepper. You"ll need as much as a quarter cup of some of these spices, so make sure you have plenty on the spice rack before you get started. The full danh mục of ingredients (along with the step-by-step instructions) can be found at the end of this article.

In addition to lớn the spices, you"ll also need a whole chicken, neutral oil for frying (like canola or peanut), buttermilk, a large egg, and all-purpose flour. Finally, be sure khổng lồ have some measuring spoons handy, as well as a few mixing bowls, a large pot or electric tabletop fryer, & a baking sheet lined with an oven-safe rack.

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The most economical way to lớn make this dish is khổng lồ break down a chicken yourself. It"s easier than you think, but you can always ask the butcher to bởi it for you if the process seems overwhelming. Or, swap-in all thighs, drumsticks, or chicken breasts. If choosing the latter, seek out bone-in chicken breasts, as fried chicken is always more tender when it"s cooked on the bone.

To break down the chicken, start with the breast-side up & the neck opening facing towards you. Remove the wishbone by slicing along each side, using your fingers khổng lồ pull the tiny bone straight out. Then, remove the legs & thighs by pulling the drumstick towards you & away from the body. Slice through the skin lớn expose the joint. Firmly twist the leg away from the toàn thân until the joint pops out of the socket. Slice through the exposed joint & pull the leg to free it. Cut through the joint connecting the drumstick and the thigh to lớn separate the two pieces. Repeat the process with the second leg.

Next, hold the chicken vertically & carefully run your knife down along the ribs to remove the back from the breastbone. Remove the wings by pulling each one away from the body toàn thân to expose the joint. Slice through the joint & cut around the drumette lớn remove it from the breast. Finally, keeping it on the bone, slice the chicken breast in half to make it easier lớn cook.

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As far as we can tell, KFC does not brine their chicken before frying it. That said, after doing side-by-side tests, we determined that marinating the chicken in buttermilk was the only way khổng lồ create chicken as juicy as KFC"s. KFC uses pressure fryers khổng lồ keep their chicken moist as it cooks (something we"ll talk about in a minute). Brining chicken helps it retain more moisture, and Serious Eats suggests soaking the chicken in buttermilk instead of a saltwater solution. The buttermilk has the added benefit of tenderizing the meat, và adding an egg lớn the mix creates a stronger structure for the breading to lớn stick to lớn later.

So, grab a large bowl and whisk the buttermilk and egg until they"re well blended và homogenized. địa chỉ the chicken pieces và let them marinate for trăng tròn to 30 minutes. If you"re a plan-ahead kind of person, place the bowl in the refrigerator lớn marinate overnight. Don"t let the mixture sit for longer than 24 hours or the chicken will become mushy.

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While your chicken is marinating, it"s time khổng lồ prepare the breading. KFC"s blend of 11 herbs & spices was a closely guarded secret until 2016. A Chicago Tribune reporter took a trip to Kentucky lớn visit Colonel Harland Sanders" nephew, Joe Ledington. They found a recipe in an old scrapbook titled, "11 spices – mix With 2 Cups trắng Fl." After extensive testing and confirmation from Ledington, who "used to lớn blend the spices that went into his uncle"s world-famous fried chicken," they determined that the recipe was legit.

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There have been several other copycat versions floating around the mạng internet before and since this one, but this particular recipe is the closest thing we"ve tasted to the real deal. We will say it has significantly larger quantities of spices than most recipes. If you don"t want lớn go through the trouble of measuring the spice set every time you want khổng lồ make fried chicken, Tablespoon suggests doubling it up. You can store it in an airtight container for up khổng lồ three months.

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There is one teeny, tiny ingredient missing from the secret recipe uncovered by the Chicago Tribune: monosodium glutamate (MSG). When their test kitchen tried out the famous chicken recipe, it was close lớn the original, "yet something was still missing." After sprinkling a few shakes of flavor-enhancing Accent MSG seasoning, the chicken was virtually indistinguishable from the Colonel"s. They went on khổng lồ say that a spokesperson for KFC confirmed that MSG is used in Original Recipe Chicken, although they were unclear exactly how much is used.

The writers for the Chicago Tribune aren"t the only ones who believe MSG is the real secret ingredient. Ron Douglas, author of America"s Most Wanted Recipes, claims to lớn have cracked the secret recipe in 2009. Douglas told Newsday the secret is "an abundance of Accent, a brand of the flavor enhancer MSG." By abundance, he means a whopping two tablespoons (as published in the The Guardian). We can"t say we were willing to add that much MSG to lớn our recipe, so we just sprinkled a little bit on at the end.

Before we start frying, we have to lớn point out an important fact: One of the reasons KFC"s fried chicken is so delicious is because they use pressure fryers. According to Slate, Harland Sanders did something very dangerous when he opened his restaurant back in the 1940s & put oil (rather than water) in a regular pressure cooker. The idea behind cooking under pressure is that you can heat water hotter than its normal boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, cooking food faster and more efficiently. The same idea worked with oil — it was able lớn get much hotter than a regular deep fryer, cooking the chicken more quickly.

Today, KFC still pressure cooks their fried chicken, although much more safely using commercial pressure fryers. Since most of us don"t have one of those (and we can"t emphasize enough that you should not put fryer oil in your pressure cooker), we used a Dutch oven instead. If you happen lớn have an electric tabletop fryer, that will work, too.

The hardest part about frying chicken on the bone is getting the insides to cook through without burning the outside. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), poultry must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. That"s kind of tricky when it comes lớn frying bone-in chicken because it takes longer to cook than boneless chicken. And, when frying food, the hot oil creates a crust on the food"s surface, preventing the oil from getting through khổng lồ the inside. That"s great for creating crispy exteriors but not so great for cooked-through interiors. If you lower the temperature lớn try lớn help equalize the cooking, the oil will be too cool to lớn crisp up the outside, creating soggy fried chicken. 

To get around this, Taste of Home suggests heating the oil to lớn 350 degrees. This is the perfect temperature khổng lồ create a golden-brown crust in about 12 minutes. Then, if the chicken still isn"t cooked all the way through, you can finish cooking the pieces in the oven until they reach the proper internal temperatures. That method actually works in your favor because you can"t fry the entire chicken in one batch anyway. Holding the tasty copycat KFC chicken in the oven allows it khổng lồ finish cooking và it keeps the cooked chicken warm while you finish frying the remaining pieces. 

Now that your fryer oil is nice and hot, it"s time to fry. We would be remiss if we didn"t warn you that you"re going to lớn get messy in this step. There is absolutely no way to lớn avoid creating a claw-like coating on your fingers as you combine the buttermilk-coated chicken with the dry flour. You can try lớn minimize the damage by using one hand to lớn grab the chicken out of the buttermilk và the other to lớn coat it in flour, but you"ll still get a little messy. 

We found the best method here was lớn dip the chicken into the flour one time only, pushing it down hard to lớn make sure the flour adheres. If you just try khổng lồ dunk-and-go, the coating will fall off as the chicken fries. And, if you try to double dip — coating with buttermilk và flour again after the initial coating — the crust will become too thick và won"t be as crispy as the single coat. 

The other key to success here is to lớn go straight from the flour into the hot oil. Many recipes call for resting the chicken for a period of time after coating it in flour, but we didn"t lượt thích the way that chicken tasted. In his book The Food Lab: Better trang chủ Cooking Through Science, J. Kenji López-Alt confirms that rested dredged chicken gives the flour time to lớn absorb too much moisture. That led lớn a tough, brittle crust instead of the crispy, crunchy exterior we were going for. 

When it comes khổng lồ frying food, there are two important rules: don"t overcrowd the fryer, and always wait for the temperatures to lớn return khổng lồ normal before frying the next batch. The basic principle is the same for both rules. When you địa chỉ cửa hàng cold or room temperature food to lớn a hot fryer, the temperature of the oil will drop. If the temperature gets too low, the coating on the chicken will absorb too much oil, becoming sad và soggy.

Your best bet lớn maintain the right frying temperature is lớn let the oil preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit before adding any chicken. Then, don"t overcrowd the pan too much; in our 8-quart Dutch oven, we fried the chicken in two batches, cooking only four pieces of chicken at one time. After about 12 minutes, the first batch should be golden brown và crispy, but you can"t địa chỉ the second batch right away. It"s important to lớn wait for the temperature to return to lớn 350 degrees before adding more chicken.

When Reader"s Digest interviewed a former KFC employee, they learned how they store the chicken in a 175 degree Fahrenheit oven after frying it. It stays there for đôi mươi minutes before being packaged & served. We were a little apprehensive about this step — wouldn"t keeping the chicken in the oven for that long cause the skin khổng lồ become soft? As it turns out, this tip totally works. Storing the chicken in a warm oven not only ensured the chicken finished cooking all the way through, but it also kept the skin nice and crunchy. 

The key component of this step is making sure the chicken doesn"t cảm biến the bottom of the sheet pan. We wanted the chicken lớn have liên hệ with the air only, so we kept it elevated on an oven-safe wire cooling rack. This not only allowed the air khổng lồ circulate around the chicken lớn keep it crispy, but it also let the excess grease drain through the rack. For easy clean-up, you"ll want lớn line the baking sheet with aluminum foil first.

The first thing we noticed about our copycat fried chicken was the aroma; it was absolutely intoxicating. All those herbs & spices activated in the hot fryer oil, & we could barely wait khổng lồ let the chicken cool before taking a bite. We were pleasantly surprised that the combination of the 350 degree Fahrenheit oil and hot-holding the chicken in the oven created a crispy-on-the-outside exterior with a super juicy, perfectly moist interior. 

When it came lớn flavor, we were pretty excited about how the chicken tasted. It was almost better than the original! The coating was lightly spicy and full-flavored, although it was a cảm ứng on the salty side at first bite. Finishing each piece with a sprinkle of MSG actually mellowed out the salt và boosted the umami-rich flavor. Our only complaint? Our chicken was ever so slightly less crispy than KFC"s. But, we don"t have a pressure fryer, so we can"t complain too much. Serve it up next to our KFC copycat coleslaw recipe, & you have a winner.

Easy Copycat KFC Chicken Recipe
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We phối out lớn make copycat KFC chicken, và it was easier than we thought to lớn make fried chicken that tasted as good as what you"ll find at KFC.