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"as close to kfc as i can get it" fried chicken

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Kami Roberts
Mohnton, PA

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 testing the suggestion I added. However, I have honed on this deep-fried version that uses surprises like MSG to bring out the flavors. Top Ramen chicken-flavored bouillon cuts corners and still savors 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.

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OK, Kami's fried chicken recipe is just as good as the bucket you can buy. It's so crunchy! In fact, we ate leftovers for 2 days and it was still crispy and crunchy. The coating is full of flavor and on the saltier side. If you want a little less salt, cut the MSG in half. Once fried, the chicken pieces are super juicy.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 4
cook time 25 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For "as close to kfc as i can get it" fried chicken

  • 3 lb
    whole chicken pieces
  • 40 oz
    vegetable oil (or 6 cups shortening if using pressure cooking method)
  • 2 c
  • 1 lg
  • 2 2/3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 pkg
    Top Ramen chicken flavor seasoning (set noodles aside for another use)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    MSG (common brand is Accent)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    sweet paprika
  • 1/8 tsp
    garlic powder

How To Make "as close to kfc as i can get it" fried chicken

Test Kitchen Tips
Here are suggested fry times for the chicken (turning halfway through frying): Wings - 10 minutes; Bone-in thighs - 16 minutes; Drumsticks - 12 minutes.
  • A bowl of chicken pieces with water, salt, and sugar.
    Place chicken pieces into a large glass or plastic bowl. Pour enough cold water to cover the chicken. Add 1/2 cup salt and 2 teaspoons granulated sugar to make a brine.
  • Soaking the chicken overnight.
    Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Drying the brined chicken pieces.
    Remove chicken and discard brine. Rinse chicken thoroughly. Allow chicken to drain, about 20 mins, then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Whisking egg until frothy.
    Whisk egg until whites are bubbly and a little frothy.
  • Slowly adding buttermilk to the egg.
    Gradually incorporate buttermilk until thoroughly mixed.
  • Seasoning and flour combined.
    Combine flour, MSG, Top Ramen seasoning, and other seasonings into a separate mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
  • Dipping chicken pieces in buttermilk mixture.
    Heat oil in a fryer or large frying pot to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, dip chicken in the buttermilk mixture.
  • Coating chicken pieces in flour.
    Then roll in flour mixture a few pieces at a time.
  • Coated chicken pieces resting.
    Let pieces rest for about 15 - 20 mins to allow breading to set.
  • Slowly adding chicken pieces to hot oil.
    Carefully lower chicken pieces into hot oil using a fry basket or heavy slotted spoon, a few pieces at a time so as not to crowd the chicken together.
  • Frying until chicken is cooked.
    Fry until chicken is a nice golden brown and internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Fried chicken pieces on a paper towel.
    Drain pieces on paper towels. Let rest for 15 minutes to allow juices to redistribute through the meat. Serve.
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    SUGGESTED PRESSURE COOKER METHOD: Melt shortening in a pressure cooker over medium heat until the temperature reaches 400 degrees. Drop the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and close and lock the lid. Cook for 10 minutes after pressure builds. Release the lid, remove the chicken, and drain. Let rest for 15 minutes. Serve.

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