This is my KFC version at home. It does not have the secret ingredients or the 11 secret herbs. However, it is super delciious and pretty sure it is made of 100% chicken 😉 In Egypt, KFC is pretty different from the one in USA. They have different types of sandwiches and side dishes. The chicken taste the same though, the spicy one is more spicy in Egypt and crispier as well. I simply LOVE KFC but I think it is safer to make them home. Also, you have the option to skip the frying altogether and bake the chicken directly in the oven in a baking dish that is brushed well with olive oil. This version has both frying and baking, but, I baked my piece directly in the oven for longer time and it was tasty too. However, fried is better, who am I kidding?!
1 chicken, cut-up into 6 pieces or more, I separate drumsticks from the rest of the thigh
Brine ingredients: (very necessary step to get a juicy chicken)
2 tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper or pepper corns
1 tsp all spices
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
12 cups of cold water
3 tsp nonfat dry milk powder “nedo”
2 tbsp all spices
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground sage
2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
salt and pepper
Chicken marination ingredients
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 lime juice
1 onion juice (take the onion juices after chopping it thinly in the kitchen machine)
Half of the spices above
2 cups unbleached bread flour
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
The other half of the spices above
1/4 cup milk
Rinse and pat dry the chicken.
Cut the chicken into 6 pieces or more.
Mix all the spices under the spices section above together in a ziploc, including the dry milk powder. They will be used for both the marination and the breading.
Take the chicken out of the brine and pat dry it with towels.
Mix the yogurt, onion juices and half of the spices from the ziploc and cover the chicken pieces with.
Add more salt and pepper to the chicken.
Set in the fridge for at least 1 hour to marinate.
Mix half of the spices from the ziploc with the flour and bread crumbs.
Beat the eggs and the 1/4 cup of milk together in a deep large bowl.
Now, follow the pattern of FEF: cover the chicken with flour mixture, then dip it in egg mixture then cover it again with flour mixture. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Deep fry in a hot oil until golden brown.