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    KFC's Secret Recipe?

    The Chicago Tribune printed this:

    I haven't tried it yet but it looks good.

    Fried chicken with 11 herbs and spices

    Prep: 30 minutes

    Soak: 20-30 minutes

    Cook: 15-18 minutes

    Makes: 4 servings

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    2/3 tablespoon salt

    1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves

    1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves

    1/3 tablespoon dried oregano leaves

    1 tablespoon celery salt

    1 tablespoon ground black pepper

    1 tablespoon dried mustard

    4 tablespoons paprika

    2 tablespoons garlic salt

    1 tablespoon ground ginger

    3 tablespoons ground white pepper

    1 cup buttermilk

    1 egg, beaten

    1 chicken, cut up, the breast pieces cut in half for more even frying

    Expeller-pressed canola oil

    1 Mix the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices; set aside.

    2 Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl until combined. Soak the chicken in the buttermilk mixture at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.

    3 Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dip the chicken pieces in the herb-spice-flour mixture to coat all sides, shaking off excess. Allow to sit on a rack over a baking sheet, 20 minutes.

    4 Meanwhile, heat about 3 inches of the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot with high sides) over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. (Use a deep-frying thermometer to check the temperature.) When temperature is reached, lower the heat to medium to maintain it at 350. Fry 3 or 4 pieces at a time, being careful not to crowd the pot. Fry until medium golden brown, turning once, 15-18 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet covered with paper towels. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding more chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken.

    A note on MSG: A number of readers have asked how much MSG to use in the recipe above. Although KFC has confirmed that its present-day recipe uses MSG, that ingredient was not part of the list of herbs and spices we received from the Colonel's nephew, so we didn't include MSG in the published recipe. But we did taste the fried chicken with a sprinkle of MSG. If you want to try the chicken with MSG, we suggest doing as we did: Sprinkle a little on the finished chicken pieces right before eating.

    Re: KFC's Secret Recipe?

    Sounds interesting. i always thought the secret was in the way it was cooked.
    I do soak my chicken, pork chops, anything I bread in buttermilk first-I was told once it made them tender. But I rarely fry anything on the stovetop. I "ovenfry" instead. except for homemade nuggets, they get deep fried.
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      Re: KFC's Secret Recipe?

      KFC, Chick-Fil-A both use pressure fryers. That would make a difference in the finished product.

      I don't fry anything on the stove top anymore. My son, that loves fried okra even says it makes too much of a mess.
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        Re: KFC's Secret Recipe?

        yes i agree the end result is all about how its cooked in a pressure deep fryer.
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