Is this the best KFC copycat recipe or the real one, you be the judge!
On August 29 2016 rumors hit the internet stating that Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe was accidentally revealed. A sheet of paper with the hand written ingredients are supposedly Colonel Sanders’ secret herbs and spices. Fact or fiction, I don’t know but as Chef, I thought I’d do the taste test. There are of course other factors at play, such as pressurized deep fryers which most of us don’t own. Plus brining your chicken in salted buttermilk will always render a more succulent chicken. But the purpose of this video is purely to see how close these herbs and spices truly are. See for yourself how to make what I feel is if not the original, the closest KFC recipe ever.
2 whole chickens (Small work best)
1 litre - 1 quart peanut oil (or other good frying oil)
4 eggs (whites only)
A splash of milk
Herb and Spice Mixture
2/3 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp thyme
1/2 tbsp basil
1/3 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp celery salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp dried mustard
4 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
3 tbsp white pepper
2 cups of flour
Break up the chickens into pieces with the bones. (watch video )
In a mixing bowl, combine all the above mixture ingredients.
In another bowl, separate the yolks away from whites keeping only the whites (use yolks for another recipe). Add a splash of milk and whisk together.
Bring your deep frying oil to 300°F – 150°C (you can go a little higher as chicken will cool it down, but bring it back to that temperature once cooking)
Dip each chicken piece in the egg white, then the flour mix, repeat process for double coating. Carefully fry the chicken pieces no more than four at a time. You can do more if you have a larger fryer. (try and maintain that same temperature).
Remove and leave to drip on a wire rack
This recipe seems a lot stronger in flavour than the real KFC (see video above). You can always add an additional cup of flour or two to the mix bringing it closer to the real deal. I personally prefer it stronger, as per this recipe. Seems more like the old fashion KFC recipe. Try it first on a few fried chicken pieces, if it's too strong, it's always easier to add the additional flour to the mix later.
Also if you marinate your chicken with a little salt and butter milk overnight, you will get a juicier and more tender meat.
Some suggest that MSG is added to the original recipe and that could be the missing ingredient, I'm not a fan of MSG, I prefer to go without, but it's another ingredient that may bring it closer to the original. MSG enhances flavours.
Cooking it in a pressure cooker will also cook it faster giving you a less dark outer coating the way KFC does it, however I don't recommend it as hot oil under pressure is quite dangerous!!! KFC had special pressure cookers designed specifically for that purpose. That's why it's best to use smaller chickens, as large chickens will need to cook much longer making the outer crust too dark.
Either way, home made fried chicken beats any takeout chicken! ENJOY! :)