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KFC's Authentic Fried Chicken Recipe Finally Revealed
Fried chicken is a delicacy that has become popular in the southern United States, thanks to the participation of the fast food franchise KFC. However, this chicken has the legend of having the most difficult recipe in the world.
Despite the great mystery that surrounds this recipe, many expert cooks have managed to replicate this recipe. That is why below we will explain how to replicate this recipe so that you can prepare it at home. We will also include some additional recommendations and tips so that your chicken is perfect.
KFC Fried Chicken Ingredients
Half a tablespoon of monosodium glutamate or MSG.
Three tablespoons of ground white pepper.
Two cups of flour.
One tablespoon of ground ginger.
Two thirds of a tablespoon of salt.
Two tablespoons of garlic.
Half a tablespoon of dried thyme.
A tablespoon of paprika or sweet paprika.
Half a tablespoon of dried basil.
A tablespoon of mustard powder.
One third of a tablespoon of dried oregano.
A tablespoon of celery salt.
One tablespoon of ground black pepper.
Two cups of milk.
Two cups of water.
Flour (sufficient quantity)
Two cups of unflavored soda or charred water.
6 chicken breasts.
Half a liter of canola oil
Recommendations you should know before starting with the recipe
You can use a paddle or blender so that everything integrates very well.
Although this recipe is the closest to the authentic one of the great franchise, do not hesitate to put your personal touch if there is something you do not like about its preparation or final flavor.
If you want the chicken to have a better texture when frying, you can follow the topping step, but if you think it is too greasy, you can skip this step.
When putting the chicken through the frying coating station, ideally you should put on gloves to avoid sticky hands.
It is best to have a thermometer to help us measure the temperature when cooking the chicken, as this will ensure that the chicken is well cooked.
When the oil drops in temperature, by lowering the flame a little, it will be good for our chicken to cook at a temperature between 350 and 330º F.
It is recommended that you clean the oil between each group of chicken pieces to be cooked, collecting the waste with a strainer. In this way we make sure that the chicken pieces are left without annoying residues.
Before putting the chicken pieces back in, you should raise the oil temperature back to 350º F, so that all the pieces are very crispy.
When it is time to fry the breasts, remember that as they have more meat, they must cook for a longer time. Ideally, they should cook for 15 minutes.
Steps to follow to prepare KFC fried chicken
Note: Due to the length of this recipe, we will divide the process into several parts to better explain each part.
For the milky marinade, add a pinch of salt and two eggs to the milk and beat very well.
In a clean bowl, we place the chicken thighs and add the marinated milk.
Cover the bowl very well and take it to the refrigerator to rest for at least half an hour.
Preparation of the spice mix
In another clean, dry bowl, add the flour, garlic powder, ginger, mustard powder, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper, white pepper, and paprika. Finally, add the MSG and mix.
Set the bowl aside, preferably covered, in the refrigerator.
Preparation of coverage
In a bowl, add three eggs and the carbonated water. Beat this mixture very well and reserve.
In another bowl or tray, add the remaining flour and reserve. This will serve us for the chicken preparation station when frying.
To fry the chicken
Take what you had reserved from the refrigerator and place them in line, first the chicken, then the flour, the egg and soda coating and the spice coating.
Take each of the chicken pieces and go passing them one by one at each of the stations, taking care to cover each part of the chicken very well. Ideally, the chicken should be overflowing from each topping.
Place each well-overflowing piece on a wire rack to rest for a few minutes.
In a very large skillet or pot, add the oil and place it on the stove, turning it on to very high heat. Wait until it is about 350º F or 375º F. This way we will make sure that the chicken is well cooked.
When the oil reaches the desired temperature, with the help of some tongs, transfer the thighs from the rack to the pot. It is best to add a few pieces at a time to better control them.
Lower to medium heat to maintain 325ºF to ensure chicken is golden brown and does not burn.
Turn the chicken pieces over, so that it is fully cooked. Ideally, each piece should cook for 12 minutes.
Once you remove the pieces, let them rest on a wire rack so that it can rest for a couple of minutes.
If desired, you can serve the chicken in a KFC bucket, or you can use a regular plate and serve with the rest of the contour.
KFC Fried Chicken Recipe Conclusions
At the end of this recipe, we assure you that if you follow all our steps faithfully, you will get a crispy chicken on the outside and juicy on the inside. Really, your fried chicken will look a lot like a KFC franchise.
However, if you want to add your personal touch, you may as well try this recipe at home and have fun trying different styles or variations. In fact, we encourage you to create your own version of this recipe.