Kentucky Fried Chicken stepped into the spotlight in 1952 when the franchise opened its first fast-food restaurant.
The original recipe comes from Harland Sanders, also known as Colonel Sanders, who perfected his 11 herbs and spice mix in a motel he purchased in the 1930s. The exact recipe still lives on in the thousands of KFC locations we have today.
Crispy fried chicken is a favorite comfort food of many people around the world due to its delicious crunchy outside and juicy meat on the inside.
You can make the classic KFC fried chicken you know and love with chicken pieces, a seasoned flour dredge, buttermilk, and eggs.
The trick to getting the perfect fried chicken is soaking the chicken in buttermilk and eggs for about half an hour. Then you can cover the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and fry them until golden brown.
I love the crunch this recipe gives the chicken. It tastes like the real deal!
No KFC meal is complete without their signature coleslaw.
To make this fresh-tasting slaw at home, you’ll need cabbage, carrots, vinegar, mayonnaise, and some seasoning.
I recommend buying the cabbage that’s already shredded to make things easier. This crunchy, tangy dish is the perfect KFC side for fried chicken and even offers you about a third of your daily vitamin C!
Chicken pot pie is another comfort food in itself. To create the copycat KFC chicken pot pie, you will need to cook chicken, peas, carrots, cream, and many other ingredients to make your delicious filling.
Once you cook everything down, you can pour the mixture into some ramekins and top them with puff pastry for a buttery and flaky crust.
I like to brush my pot pies with an egg wash to get a beautiful golden crust when they come out of the oven.
If you want the familiar and flavorful seasoning that Colonel Sanders used himself, you will need to combine 11 spices and herbs, including some of the following: Thyme, Basil, Paprika, Garlic salt, And seven more!
The result will give you a savory seasoning that makes your fried chicken taste just like the original KFC. I sometimes use this seasoning on plain grilled chicken as well!
If you want to make KFC’s spicy popcorn chicken at home, you’ll follow similar steps to the fried chicken nuggets.
You’ll need to cut chicken breast meat into small cubes, marinate them in a chili buttermilk marinade, coat them in a flour and breadcrumb mixture, and fry them until golden.
These chicken pieces offer mouth-watering spice in the marinade and on the outside, as you’ll toss them in a spice mix when they finish frying. I think they have the perfect amount of heat without being too overpowering.
Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.