My 4 year old is always asking for “chicken fries”. She is fascinated with KFC because she always sees chickens outside the shop (I’ll post a picture).
I decided to look up the ingredients on the KFC website and try to make it myself. Armed with my usual post it notes and a pen, I googled “KFC ingredients and hunted down the basic chicken recipe”. What can I say, on realising that I probably didn’t have some of the ingredients in my cupboard, “Modified Corn Starch (none of that), Sodium Phosphates (none of them), Monosodium Glutamate (don’t touch the stuff so none of that), Potassium Phosphate (nope), Carrageenan (nope), Maltodextrin (nope……..not proving to be too successful at the moment), Bleached Wheat Flour (still no), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed oils (none of this either. Not sure I could squeeze it out of the cotton buds either), Calcium Silicate and Silicon Silicate” (sounds like a school science experiment), I realised I’d have to improvise (this involved opening up my spice cupboard and chucking it all in!)
So here we go.
Serves 3 to 4
8 boneless chicken thighs (but you could use thighs with the bones in, breasts or pieces)
1 cup of whole wheat flour*
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of ground paprika
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
2 beaten eggs
I nearly burst open a tea bag too but I changed my mind 🙂
*(I try to avoid wheat so I made mine with a cup of ground almonds but you could also use coconut flour or a mixture of these)
Mix together the flour, herbs and spices.
Dip the chicken pieces in the beaten egg and coat with the flour mixture.
Brown the chicken pieces, about 6 at a time, in a frying pan using about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 6 pieces. This should only take about 2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from the pan and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for around 20 mins. (It will take longer if you use chicken with bones).
Hit with the other half and the kids.
Share if you like this recipe and please let me know if you make and enjoy this.