I've been told by actual KFC chefs that their chicken is actually cooked in a pressure cooker. I haven't tried that yet and will update when test the suggestion I added, however I have honed on this deep fried version that uses surprises like MSG to bring out the flavors and Top Raman chicken flavored bouillon to cut corners and still savor some awesome flavor. The Colonel certainly didn't use Top Ramen as part of his secret herbs and spices, but to me it adds a little something special. You may omit it if you desire.
1Place chicken pieces into a large glass or plastic bowl. Pour enough cold water to cover chicken and add 1/2 cup salt and 2 teaspoons granulated sugar to make a brine. Cover and chill overnight in refrigerator. Remove chicken and discard brine. Rinse chicken thoroughly. Allow chicken to drain, about 20 mins, then pat dry with paper towels.
2Whisk egg until whites are bubbly and a little frothy while gradually incorporating buttermilk until thoroughly mixed. Combine flour, MSG, Top Ramen seasoning, and other seasonings into a separate mixing bowl, and mix until well blended.
3Heat oil in fryer or large frying pot to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, dip chicken in buttermilk mixture, then roll in flour mixture, a few pieces at a time. Let pieces rest about 15 - 20 mins to allow breading to set.
4Carefully lower chicken pieces into hot oil using fry basket or heavy slotted spoon, a few pieces at a time so not to crowd the chicken together. Fry until chicken is a nice golden brown and internal temperature is 160 degrees. Drain pieces on paper towels, and let rest for 15 minutes to allow juices to redistribute through meat. Serve
5SUGGESTED PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:
Melt shortening in pressure cooker over medium heat until temperature reaches 400 degrees. Drop chicken, a few pieces at a time, and close and lock the lid. Cook for 10 minutes after pressure builds. Release lid, remove chicken, and drain. Let rest for 15 minutes. Serve.