Kentucky Fried Chicken, commonly known as KFC, is a fast-food chain that specializes in fried chicken. The secret recipe of KFC chicken, also known as the “Original Recipe,” is a closely guarded secret that is said to include 11 herbs and spices. While the exact recipe may never be known, there are many copycat recipes out there that claim to come close to replicating the taste of KFC chicken. In this article, we will show you how to make KFC chicken at home.
- 4-6 chicken pieces (whatever pieces you prefer)
- 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- Marinate the chicken: Mix buttermilk, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Mix the dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, thyme, basil, oregano, celery salt, black pepper, dried mustard, paprika, garlic salt, and ginger.
- Heat oil: Heat the vegetable oil in a large, deep pan over medium-high heat. The oil should be at least 1 inch deep and heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Coat the chicken: Take the chicken out of the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Dredge each piece of chicken in the dry mixture, making sure to cover the chicken evenly.
- Fry the chicken: Carefully place the chicken in the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the chicken for about 12-15 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
- Drain the chicken: Once the chicken is cooked through, use tongs to remove it from the oil and place it on a wire rack or paper towels to drain off excess oil.
- Serve: Once the chicken has cooled for a few minutes, it’s ready to be served. Enjoy your homemade KFC chicken with your favorite sides such as coleslaw or mashed potatoes.
Tips & Tricks:
- For best results, use a thermometer to ensure that the oil is at the correct temperature before frying the chicken.
- Make sure the chicken is fully coated with the dry mixture before frying.
- If you want a crispier crust, you can double dip the chicken in the dry mixture before frying.
- To ensure that the chicken is cooked through, you can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should reach 165°F before it’s safe to eat.
- You can also bake the chicken in the oven at 375°F for 25-30 minutes instead of frying it.
Making KFC chicken at home is a fun and delicious way to enjoy the taste of the famous fast-food chain in the comfort of your own home. With the right ingredients and a bit of patience, you can create a dish that is just as delicious as the original recipe. You can experiment with different herbs and spices to find the perfect combination that suits your taste.