What Are Some Recipes for Chicken That Tastes Similar to KFC?


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There are a multitude of recipes that attempt to replicate the taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken available from Food.com, Tom Wilbur's Top Secret Recipes and Spark Recipes. Many of these recipes include a brine, 11 secret herbs and spices, a dredging mixture and a breading flour.

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A copycat recipe of KFC's original chicken calls for one separated roasting chicken, 2 quarts of cold water, 2 tablespoons of Morton Lite Salt, 4 teaspoons MSG and 2 cups of unbleached bread flour. The recipe also needs 2 tablespoons of nonfat dry milk powder, 5 teaspoons of fine sea salt and 2 teaspoons of egg white powder. For the essential 11 secret herbs and spices, gather 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground sage, 1 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of ground savory, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of ground parsley, 1/4 teaspoon of ground vanilla bean and 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Combine the cold water with Morton Lite Salt and 2 tablespoons of MSG into an airtight container with a lid. Submerge the chicken into the brine for at least 4 hours. Evenly distribute the 11 secret herbs and spices, milk powder, fine sea salt, remaining MSG, flour and egg white powder into a large Ziploc bag. Remove the chicken from the brine, and dust each piece with the dry mixture by shaking it in the Ziploc bag. Wait a couple minutes to allow the dry ingredients to adhere to the outside of the chicken.

Preheat a deep fryer to 320 degrees Fahrenheit using the level of oil recommended by the manufacturer. Fry each piece of chicken for around 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate lined with paper towels to wick away any excess oil. Keep the cooked pieces in an airtight container to allow them to steam prior to serving. This recipe produces four to six servings of food.

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