Food & Wine
The secret that makes KFC’s fried chicken so crunchy
Not all fried chicken is created equal.
Below, KFC's secret recipe to drumstick perfection is revealed.
But few places do it better than the aptly-named Kentucky Fried Chicken, especially when paired with creamy mashed potatoes and a buttery biscuit.
What sets Kentucky Fried Chicken apart from the rest? It’s how crispy they’re able to make their chicken.
Now, you can recreate KFC’s secret recipe at home by following the steps below.
We bet you won’t even be able to taste a difference.
Combine KFC’s secret recipe for its breading with two cups of flour to thoroughly coat your chicken pieces after dipping in an egg and milk wash.
2/3 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons white pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon dried mustard
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/3 tablespoon oregano
4 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon thyme
Not at KFC—their rule is “from flour to fryer.”
If the chicken is left to sit, the breading will soften for a less-than-crispy result and the skin will fall off the chicken too easily.
While you won’t be able at deep fry with your at home pressure cooker, you can still recreate the KFC crunch with a deep fryer, a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot.
Simply heat your oil to 350 or 360 degrees and leave each piece in for exactly 12 minutes.
You can add this into your seasoning mix before breading or sprinkle it on the chicken after frying.
Regardless, it’s a must.
At Kentucky Fried Chicken, they “hold” the chicken in an oven set to 175 degrees for about 20 minutes according to a former employee.
This allows the chicken to finish cooking while keeping it warm and the skin crunchy.
Do the same by holding your fried chicken in a warm oven for a few minutes.
Even if you follow the above step by step, cracking the crispy skin code may be difficult to do at home.
That’s because the texture we all love and crave is largely due to their method of cooking - and if you don’t have a restaurant-grade pressure fryer, it can be tough to recreate.
However, using KFC’s secret recipe along with a deep fryer can still have delicious results.
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