Thursday, June 5, 2014

Home Made KFC (Original Fried Chicken)

The secret to the famous 11 herbs and spices for the original Kentucky Fried Chicken has never actually been revealed although many claim to have and shared the ingredients that everyone has no doubt tried to identify with every mouthful of the delicious take away chicken.

I originally swore that Big Bucket in the Sky Chicken was the healthiest alternative to Kentucky Fried Chicken but after trying this recipe for one of my favourite takeaways I have that the taste of this chicken is the closest to KFC it is fantastic.

The kids and their friends were wrapped with the chicken. Ollie told me that the only difference between my version and KFC was “it’s missing the grease Mam”. He’s a very funny boy but it was so true. I thought I was eating KFC that just wasn’t greasy.

Adapting the recipe I found from Home Cooking was easy to ensure that it was lower in fat.  I swapped the buttermilk for a home made version using a combination of skim milk and lemon juice.  The fact that I didn’t cook the chicken in lard or oil as suggested was one sure way to do that. I oven baked it - it was still crispy and tender. Obviously the change in cooking style takes longer but you will be amazed at the outcome.

Home Made KFC (Original Fried Chicken)
(recipe adapted from Food Home Cooking)
Serves: 8
ProPoints Per Serve: 9

1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
1 kilogram chicken thigh fillets, skin removed and fat trimmed
1 kilogram chicken drumsticks, skin removed and fat trimmed
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons paprika
1 Tablespoon onion salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Pour milk into a small jug and mix in lemon juice.  Allow to stand for 10 minutes before using.

Combine the egg and milk in a large bowl. Soak the chicken pieces in the mixture.

Add the flour to a separate bowl and fold in all the herbs and spices. Roll the chicken in the seasoned flour until completely covered.

Place onto baking trays lined with baking paper.  Spray with cooking spray all over.

Cook for 20 - 30 minutes or until cooked through, turning chicken pieces over once.

(click here for a printable version of this recipe)

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