Have you ever been sat in a fast food restaurant devouring the food whilst thinking how good it would be if you could cook that kind of stuff for yourself? But without the expensive fryers, the ‘secret ingredients’ and the know-how, you probably just accepted that it’s never going to happen and decided it’s easier to keep going to the restaurant.
Well, cooking fast food can actually be pretty simple in most cases. Let’s not forget that most fast food chains came from humble beginnings, with pretty standard cooking equipment too. As for ‘secret ingredients’ well, the fact that they’re secret doesn’t really matter, because in this day and age there are so many people that have tried their own ingredients that it’s usually possible to find a recipe that’s pretty close, if not better.
There are a few advantages of cooking fast food at home. It works out to be a lot cheaper, consists of fresher ingredients, you know what’s actually going in to the meal without someone who’s anti-fast food telling you how your chicken nuggets contain eyeballs, feet and chickens testicles… But best of all you get the satisfaction of having this great tasting food, which you’ve made entirely from scratch.
There are plenty of restaurants and meals I could have taken inspiration from for this article, but with it being my first article on the subject I want to keep it pretty simple. So we’ll be going with a good old classic, KFC’s ‘near’ original recipe chicken. I’ve made this myself a bunch of times, and can honestly say I prefer it to what you get at KFC here in England, and at half the price too.
2 Chicken Breasts, Thighs Drumsticks & Wings
2 Quarts Canola Oil
1 Egg White
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Kosher Salt
1 Spice Mix (See Below)
1 tbsp Paprika
2 tsp Onion Salt
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
1/2 tsp Dried Sage
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Dried Marjoram
How To Do It:
Throw all of the spices together in a big bowl and give them a good stir to mix. Pour your oil into a pan that is deep enough to allow a rolling boil put it on a medium-high heat.
Add the brown sugar, salt and flour to your spice mix then dip each of your chicken pieces into your egg white to give them a thin coating. Transfer the dipped piece one by one in to your flour mixture, then press and turn each piece to ensure they have a good coating of mixture.
Place the chicken pieces on to a clean surface and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes to give the mixture a chance to dry slightly, this will allow the mixture to stick better and prevent it from crumbling away when the chicken begins to cook.
Using some barbecue tongs, carefully lift the pieces in to your pan, you can place as many as will fit in there, as long as they are fully submerged. Let each piece cook for around 12 – 14 minutes. If you have a thermometer to hand, you may want to test the thickest part of the chicken – it should be at least 165º F.
Once your chicken is cooked, take the pieces from the pan, place them on to a clean paper towel to allow the oil to drain and dry before serving.
And it’s as simple as that! If you have friends or family over and want to cook a large batch like a KFC family bucket, simple repeat the process with more pieces of chicken. I think fried chicken is great on it’s own, and it certainly gives you all the fat and protein you need, with plenty of carbs too.
However, if you want to serve this up with a side dish, you could drop some thinly chopped potatoes into the left over oil to make some fluffy French fries, or even serve them up with some basmati or brown rice, either way I’m sure this is one recipe that almost anyone can enjoy.