Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Homemade KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Well, here is something I relish when we have friends come over to our place. Its super easy, and the taste just keeps your hands hooked to the plate it is served on :D ...

Though I could not post this during the Superbowl season, I would definitly want to share it with you so that you can get ready to prepare it to cheer up the Red Sox :) (Yes I am from Boston, hence I am for the Red Sox :)

V was very happy and loved it lots. So I am looking forward to fry this soon another time as now we are on a vegetarian diet as of now (lets see till when it will last :D ) .

I learned quiet a lot of tips from the Food Network guys. Some of them I have incorporated in this recipe, such as the method of coating the chicken with the bread crumbs, flour and a very nice way to drop the chicken in the oil without having the chicken stick to the bottom of the vessel initially when it is dropped. Here is the recipe:


Chicken breast (or thighs) (skinless and boneless) cut into bite size pieces : As per your requirement

Chilli powder
Coriander powder
Garam masala powder
Freshly cracked pepper (Try not to substitute this with the store bought powdered pepper, it just takes away a lot of taste)
Ginger-garlic paste
Lemon juice (or extract) : a little to coat all pieces


Wet coating: Egg wash or a loose paste formed with all purpose flour and water

Dry coating: 1 cup bread crumbs + 1/2 cup all purpose flour + (optional)2 tablespoons freshly cracked pepper

Clean the chicken pieces. Marinate the chicken for an hour. Prepare the dry coating by all the dry ingredients and transferring them into a Ziploc bag. I got this tip and many others from watching the Food Network people. The Ziploc bag is a good idea to store a lot of things which gets perished if not stored properly.

Take each chicken piece and cover it with wet coating and then and drop it in the Ziploc bag. After you put two or three pieces, zip the bag and shake it to coat the pieces. Then unzip the bag and transfer the rest of the chicken into the bag.
If you have too many chicken pieces, prepare the dry ingredients in the second zip lock bag and add the rest of the chicken pieces into the second bag.

Properly zip the bag start shaking it to coat all the chicken pieces, (believe me you don't need a bag full of dry coating to coat many chicken pieces because when you zip the bag and start shaking it hard (you can even shake it upside down without fearing any mess in the kitchen. Just make sure that the Ziploc bag is properly zipped). I guess you can do this even in a air tight container. I haven't tried it though. Store the Ziploc bag in the refrigerator to marinate the chicken pieces overnight with a good dry coating.

The next day, you find that the chicken pieces have got a really good coating. Don't try to shake off the excess bread crumb coating , off the chicken pieces too much. Remember that it was stored in the refrigerator to get a nice thick coating. Heat oil for frying in a deep frying pan. Now the next step is yet another tip I got, and that is when the oil is heated, hold the chicken piece to be fried with a fork, slowly dip the chicken piece into the hot oil, when the chicken is half way into the oil, with a knife slowly pull off the chicken from the fork to drop it in the oil. This sounds too many steps to just fry a chicken :) but believe me it makes things easier to clean and take care of later.

Fry the chicken evenly. It might take approximately 5 to 10 minutes minutes to fry a piece if you have not put too many chicken pieces in the oil at once. Also, smaller pieces tend to fry faster than bigger ones.

Once chicken is fried, drain them on paper towels or cotton cloth. Serve it with onion and tomato sauce. Tadaa ..you are ready for that fun evening with friends coming over or just enjoy it on your own :)


Seena said...

Once me too made Kfc, but than bread crumbs I like the way they use cornflakes.Never used ziploc bag, seems it helped you much.Seeing chicken fries during this morning time is really NOT good, am feeling hungry very much.. do you have any plan to send some????????? :D

Shella said...

the snack looks totally tempting. sure gotta give it a try..

ranji said...

hey roopsy....
i will sure send some broccoli fry if u promise me to send a bucket full of kfc :)to my place....deal???

Roopa said...

Hey Seena:) Thank you thank you :) I would be really glad to share it with you, I am sending some right away by UPS ;)
I havent used it with cornflakes, thats new to me, let me try that too, thanks for the idea:)

Thank you Shella, do let me know how it turned out for you :)

Sure ranji:) the next time I come to your place or you come to mine, I will be ready with these :) Thank you dear :)

Happy cook said...

Wow you made this at home, if i show this to my daughter she will demand that i make them immidetly

Patricia Scarpin said...

And to think that all I'll have for lunch is a boring sandwich... :)

Thank you for the comment you left on my blog, Roopa - it means a lot to me!

Roopa said...

@Happy cook
I am sure your daughter wud love it when you make them, its easy :) Thanks for commenting dear :)

Thanks a lot for that nice comment Patricia!

Maya said...

Hey Roopa, Thanx for visitng my blog and your nice words..You have a nice blog here and nice recipes..Chicken looks yummy...

Cynthia said...

I don't care what any one says that you have proven me right - there is no better fried chicken than homemade fried chicken.

Mona said...

Fried chicken is a fav in my house! And this looks delicious with some ketchup :-) Thnx for sharing


Roopa said...

Thank you for visit6ing my blog and leaving nice comments, hope to see you around:)

No doubt abt it Cynthia, I too love Homemade Fried Chicken :)

Its a fav in my house too Mona. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. Hope to see you around:)

Dhivya said...

Wow!u made this at home?great job roopa,,,,love KFC chicken...will try this...really great job

ammu said...

thanks. &
wht abt the wet coating.. wneh we have to add that.
looks nice..

Roopa said...

Thank you dhivya, I hope you would like it when you make, its easy and tasty too :) Hope to see you around

Thanks for pointing it out ammu, i just realized i did not include it. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you around:)

Homecooked said...

Wow.....great recipe :)

Roopa said...

Thank you for visiting my blog:)

Dhivya said...

hey roopa changed ur template!!!!!looks great

Divya Vikram said...

Hi roopa..the chicken looks really delicious..Have to try..U have a really nice blog wih different recipes

Roopa said...

Thanks a lot dhivya! Yes I got bored of the old template, so thought of giving a refreshing look, iam glad you liked it:)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind comments. Hope to see you around. Btw I visited your blog too, and its wonderful!

Seena said...

Thanks for trying out henna. Actually that "recipe" is from many friends , including some beauticians. But am very lazy to do all.. :D

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Roopa
Simply loved your innovative ingenuous style...the picture looks nice and must be very tasty,too ! Thanks for sharing, eh !

Bharathy said...

First time here roopa and I really love your collection of recipes! :)
Home made KFC is something I have never come across :)!..
Lovely thoughtful recipe!

Roopa said...

Seena , iam glad you posted the ideas you got from your friends:) coz finally thats what helped me out:) Thanks to you:) well you shud try it u know, its so good:)

Roopa said...

Anamika, I feel glad to see your comment:) Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope to see you around:)

Roopa said...

Hello Bharathy, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog, I am glad you liked it:) Btw I loved your blog a lot (I think I mentioned it in your blog too :) , hope to see you around !

Srivalli said...

Roopa, what a lovely blog you have...my first time here..not sure how I never came here before..thanks for dropping by my blog and glad you got referred to my place..do try and let me know.

Roopa said...

Hi Srivalli, Thank you for visiting my blog:) I appreciate you for having a comment too :) I loved your blog and was inspired to try a variety if dishes too :) Hope to see you around:)

Rachel said...

that is very very tempting!!

Roopa said...

thank you so much rachel:)

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