After eating KFC fried chicken, and finding myself deeply disappointed, I decided to make my own. I was a fan of KFC until recent changes happened. One was the change in gravy recipe, which reminded of burnt flour. And the next was the oh-so unflavorful chicken meat of KFC. It was still tender. The skin was still lovely. But the meat itself was bland, and could have passed for boiled. I remember there was a time that their chicken was loooovely. But now, nah.
So when my mom requested fried chicken for our lunch, I googled random recipes and found one recipe that screamed yummy. It was for a southern fried chicken, linked here, and I know KFC was originally a southern fried chicken recipe. So, I might as well try.
Side note here. I remember looking at some random recipes online of fast food restaurants and found both McDonald’s and KFC’s. Though I am unable to find the recipe for KFC now, I recall that it had, well, it is advertised too, of having 11 herbs and spices. I immediately gave up on the recipe reading so many random ingredients that I haven’t heard of. One thing I remember though was oregano.
The fried chicken lunch was moved to dinner instead because of the long marination time, which was 2 to 8 hours. That was one thing I followed. The rest, I went on and loosely followed.
I first marinated the chicken in calamansi, because I didn’t have buttermilk. I could have mixed my milk and acid immediately, but I really didn’t want to. I also added salt, pepper, mustard, paprika and minced fresh garlic. After a few minutes, I added the milk. Just enough to cover the chicken. And another touch of salt for good measure. This was marinated for5 hours. A long time, but well worth it.
Prepare the coating. I ended up tasting the coating. It was weird, but at least you know if tastes good. Then double coat the chicken by alternating it in the flour, marinade, and back to the flour again. 🙂 Then fry. I made the mistake of heating my cast iron pan too hot, along with my oil. The coating of the first batch turned brown. Literally brown. It wasn’t burnt, just way past golden. But it was good eating too. 🙂 And yup, it reminded me of KFC 🙂
Southern Fried Chicken Recipe
1 whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
6 pieces of calamansi, squeezed
1/2 tablespoon rock salt (for the marinade)
dashes of black pepper
1 teaspoon of mustard
a pinck of paprika
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups of milk, more or less
Marinate the pieces of chicken for at least 2 hours. Longer the better.
1 1/2 cups flour
lots of black pepper
table salt, to taste
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
lots of onion powder
lots of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Sift all the ingredients together. TASTE. Yeah, it’s raw flour, but that’s fine. When the seasoning has come through, it’s good enough.
Remove the chicken from the marinade. Coat in flour. Coat again with the marinade, then another in flour. I would recommend refrigerating this first or to let it stand so the coating will be more stable 😛 Fry in medium to low heat until cooked. Turn. Cook again.