Updated: Feb 17, 2021
Fried chicken is a favorite in our house. My husband is a super fan. I’ve always known that I can bribe him with chicken from KFC. Its his favorite food! I know his order off by heart and wouldn’t dream of leaving the drive through without checking his order myself first. 2 legs and 2 thigh pieces. And maybe a wing if he goes for a 5-piece deal. But since the Corona Virus struck, I haven’t allowed my family to eat anything from any fast food joint. I’ve been making everything at home. From burgers, to KFC, Chinese to pasta. You name it, I’ve made it. The easiest possible ingredients to maximize my time through a wide variety of herbs and spices.
But I’ve noticed since the last couple of years, that the chicken pieces have shrunk. It could be that the chicken in the middle east might be bigger and I’m making the comparison that way. But since I have started making it myself, the pieces are huge and I can control how many pieces I want to make and how I want to marinate them. Usually the chicken at KFC does not have slits in it. But I purposefully cut slits into the chicken to make sure it was well marinated. Chicken with skin is so important. Without the skin, it isn’t juicy, which would be a shame after you put in so much effort to make it in the first place.
This is not a KFC copycat Recipe. This is a Crispy Fried Chicken recipe. But I can assure you, you will love it more than KFC. So far, I’ve had some 20 people tell me how good this recipe is. I make sure that I explain everything in detail to those who ask, making sure I’ve answered any and all of their queries before they even begin.
My husband was so happy with this recipe that he asked me to share it with everyone, so they could also share in the joy of finally finding a recipe of a dish he could eat every day for the rest of his life! And now, without further ado, let me share a gem with you.
Prep time 20 minutes (plus the 8 hours- overnight marination time)
Cook time 1 hour for all pieces.
1 chicken with the skin- cut into 10 pieces
½ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red chili powder
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ginger powder
2 tablespoons vinegar
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 cups flour
½ cup corn flour
3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red chili powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ tablespoon white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cut the chicken into 10 pieces and keep the skin intact. Cut slits into the chicken for better marination.
Combine the milk, eggs, salt, chili powder, chili flakes, pepper, salt, garlic powder, ginger powder and vinegar in a big container. Mix very well.
Submerge the chicken in the marinade for 8-10 hours. If possible marinate the chicken overnight. It will completely change the taste of the chicken.
Once marination is complete, combine the ingredients of the coating and set aside.
Fill a heavy bottom saucepan halfway with vegetable oil and heat on medium until 170⁰C.
Fill a bowl with ice water and set next to the coating ingredients. Now dip each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, then into the ice water for 10 seconds then back into the flour. Make sure the chicken is coated properly a second time. Set these pieces aside.
Place 3 pieces of chicken in the pan and leave them be. Do not attempt to turn them before 6 minutes, otherwise the coating falls off. Fry each side for around 6 minutes, or a total of 15 minutes per batch. We want to fry 3 pieces at a time. Not more than that, otherwise the pieces will stick together, the coating will fall off and they won’t be crispy.
Remove them from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
Get them while they are hot! These babies go fast!
I make this for the whole family. My kids prefer chicken tenders so I add 3 chicken breasts cut into tenders to the marinade as well.
You can feel free to serve them with honey mustard, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing or even ketchup!
I serve this with my KFC copycat coleslaw recipe. Its spot on and satisfies my coleslaw cravings.
This recipe is so good that my husband refuses to go to KFC anymore! He would much rather I make this at home. And you know it’s a better option too. So, what are you waiting for? Show me what you’ve cooked! I’d love to see how this went for you. Leave a comment. I can’t wait to hear from you!
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