KFC Fried Chicken At Home

Crispy Fried Chicken is undeniably the favourite food of countless people worldwide. How else would large multinationals like McDonald’s, Popeye’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) make billions of dollars in revenue each year? Apart from that, various countries have a variety of fried chicken restaurants that makes tonnes of money each year. According to Statista, the estimated global poultry meat consumption in the current year is 132.43 metric kiloton. Furthermore, it is projected to rise to 144.87 metric kilotons in 2029. Therefore, it is one business that will never go out of the market, even in an economic downturn, all thanks to its prevalent global popularity. Moreover, it has become a staple street food in numerous countries. Besides, why would not it be popular? It quenches hunger like nothing else. A piece of the crackling, crispy fried chicken and your famished tummy is completely satisfied. A soft drink often compliments the meal.

 

RECIPES FOR DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN

In modern times, there are several concerns regarding the process of cooking deep-fried chicken. Mostly, many shrewd businesses use poor quality or previously used oil in their making. Moreover, they cut corners in the making of batters and seasonings. As a result, it is questionable whether they are offering you fresh quality meals. So, it is wise to deep fry chicken in your kitchen, and enjoy it without worrying about how it is made or if it is healthy.

RECIPE-1 FOR REGULARS

So, here is a recipe for a deep-fried crispy chicken that is finger-licking good.

List of Ingredients:

 
  • 4 cups of flour (all-purpose), divided.

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika.

  • 2 tablespoons of garlic salt.

  • 3 teaspoons of pepper, divided.

  • 2-(1/2) teaspoons of poultry seasoning.

  • 2 eggs, preferably large.

  • 1-(1/2) cup of water.

  • 1 teaspoon of salt.

  • 2 fryers or broiler chicken (3-(1/2) – 4 pounds each), cut up, of course.

  • Oil for deep frying the chicken.

  • Most importantly, a thermometer. No, you will not eat it, but you are going to need it.

 
 

Directions for Cooking:

  • First and foremost, get a large bowl.

  • Second, combine 2-(2/3) cups of the all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of paprika, 2-(1/2) teaspoons of pepper, and 2-(1/2) teaspoons of poultry seasoning together in the bowl.

  • Third, get another bowl.

  • Fourth beat the 2 eggs and 1-(1/2) cup of water.

  • Fifth, add the remaining 1-(1/3) cups of the all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and (1/2) teaspoon of pepper together with the egg and water.

  • Sixth, heat your cooking oil up to 375° in the deep fryer.

  • Seventh, separate and divide all the pieces of the chicken into different batches. You need to work in batches to ensure they all are cooked well without using excessive oil.

  • Eighth, start frying several pieces of chicken in batches. Fry them until their skin is golden brown.

  • Ninth, put a thermometer in the chicken to ensure it is 165° on the inside.

  • Tenth, after frying each side for about 7-8 minutes, take them out of the oil and dry the excess oil with a paper towel.

 

Tada! Your scrumptious deep-fried crispy chicken is ready to devour!

Quick Tips to Cook Better Deep Fried Chicken

Tip 1 – While it is ideal to cook each side of the chicken for 7-8 minutes to get the perfect colour and taste, the pieces of chicken do vary in size and thickness. Therefore, you will be required to adjust accordingly. So, when you are taking the temperature of the piece of chicken, you need to measure the thickest part. If that part is heating up to 165° in the reading, then your chicken is cooked properly. Also, you can identify it by seeing the colour turn golden brown or darker golden brown. And, yeah, it will obviously be crispy too.

Tip 2 – There are many types of cooking oil in the market that you can use to deep fry your chicken. However, for the best results, it is ideal to use neutral oils like vegetables, canola, and palm oil. These oils have higher smoke points that make them perfect for deep frying.

Tip 3 – NO! You do not need to measure using a thermometer every time. For the first couple of tries, you will need to measure the temperature to ensure that it is cooked well. But, once you get the hang of it properly, the thermometer will be a useless tool in cooking it.

Tip 4 – Some extremely health-conscious people will try to put you down for having “unhealthy fatty, oily food.” Whenever you come across such human beings, throw the following facts to their faces. The nutritional values of 5 ounces of chicken are as follows: 543 calories, 137 mg cholesterol, 798 mg sodium, 17 gram carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1 gram fibre), 41 gram protein, and 33 gram fat of which 7 gram is saturated fat.

 
 

RECIPE-2 FOR PICNICS

Picnics with friends, family members, loved ones, or even colleagues can be fun and memorable. So, if you are looking forward to going to your next picnic, here is a crispy fried chicken recipe that will do wonders for you.

List of Ingredients:

  • (3/4) to 1 cup of buttermilk.

  • 1-(1/2) to 2 cups of all-purpose flour.

  • 1-(1/2) teaspoons of salt.

  • (1/2) teaspoon of pepper.

  • (1/2) teaspoon of garlic powder.

  • (1/2) teaspoon of onion powder.

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika.

  • (1/4) teaspoon of ground sage.

  • (1/4) teaspoon of ground thyme.

  • (1/8) teaspoon of baking powder.

  • 1 fryer or broiler chicken weighing 3 pounds, cut up, of course.

  • Oil for deep frying the chicken.

  • Waxed Paper.

 

Directions for Cooking:

  • First of all, get a large flat dish.

  • Second, pat all the pieces of chicken with paper towels and place them in the dish.

  • Third, pour (3/4) to 1 cup of buttermilk over these pieces of chicken and cover it. Allow it to soak for 1 hour, at least. However, it is preferable to refrigerate it overnight.

  • Fourth, combine 1-(1/2) to 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1-(1/2) teaspoons of salt, (1/2) teaspoon of pepper, (1/2) teaspoon of garlic powder, (1/2) teaspoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of paprika, (1/4) teaspoon of ground sage, (1/4) teaspoon of ground thyme, and (1/8) teaspoon of baking powder in a large shallow dish.

  • Fifth, add those pieces of chicken, one at a time. Mix the pieces with the combined ingredients to ensure it is coated properly.

  • Sixth, take out the waxed papers and lay the coated pieces of chicken down. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes. This is a guarantee that the coating will stick to the chicken while frying. So, it will get crispier.

  • Seventh, heat (1/2) inch oil in a Deep Skillet or Dutch oven between medium heat and 350°.

  • Eighth, remove the waxed papers and start frying those pieces of chicken. Keep frying until it turns golden brown or darker golden brown. Ensure the meat is not pinkish.

  • Ninth, after turning the pieces and frying those for 7-8 minutes on each side, take them out of the oil.

  • Tenth, use paper towels to dry the excess oil from the food.

And, poof, your deep-fried crispy chicken is ready to be served at your picnic table.

 
 

Quick Tips to Improve Your Culinary Skills at the Picnic

Tip 1 – Buttermilk is used for its acidic properties. It marinates the chicken well. However, plain yoghurt is a good substitute too.

Tip 2 – To ensure that your pieces of chicken are crispier, you should allow excessive buttermilk to drip from it before you coat it with the mixture of flour and other ingredients.

Tip 3 – Soggy bottoms cause the chicken to lose its crispiness. So it is suggested to use the wire rack to store the chicken until you are ready to devour it.

Tip 4 – Yes, you are more likely to meet people that hate oily and fatty food. Some audacious, unwelcome human beings may come up to you with a condescending tone and point out your unhealthy way of life. Do not bother arguing. Throw the facts at their face like a brick on the glass window. The nutritional values of 5 ounces of chicken are quite amusing. It contains 623 calories, 106 mg cholesterol, 748 mg sodium, 38 gram proteins, 26 grams carbohydrates (which includes 2 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fibre), and only 40 grams of fat (inclusive of 7 grams of saturated fats).

Now you have two different recipes to prepare crispy fried chicken in your arsenal. You may use them wisely and gain numerous compliments along the way. Good Luck!

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