Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Killer Fried Chicken!!

I remember years and years ago watching an interview with Wolfgang Puck where he was asked what was his favorite "American" food. He went on and on about how he thought that the American could do better in the kitchen, OK, this was over 20 years ago and he was right, at the time. But he also said and not facetiously, that he thought Kentucky Fried Chicken was one of the best things he had ever eaten.
And I agree. When I was a wee little foody I remember my mom taking us to KFC when she could afford it, which was not very often as she was a single mother of three who worked full time and refused to go on public assistance. we have learned so much from her.
Anyway. I was hooked on this stuff. It was heaven to me. the sweet fried smell of those secret 11 herbs and spices and the heat ripples coming off a perfectly cooked leg as I had to have one even before getting into the car in the cold of winter. Running with a chicken leg in my hand like it was an Olympic torch as I held it up high over my head.
So for awhile now I have been trying to replicate this secret 11 herbs and spice concoction in my kitchen, and I did! 

It has taken awhile to do it. But I think I pretty much nailed it. I came up with 13 secret herbs and spices, I had to one up the old Colonel of course. Above is a shot of the raw chicken after I applied the batter. I use a simple egg wash to coat the chicken first and then roll the wet chicken parts in the Killer Fried Chicken mix. then I let them sit for 10 minutes before frying them to golden perfection.


I don't like to use the cast iron skillet to fry my chicken. I don't really like the black or semi burnt parts that it gives fried chicken, I know that in the South, these burnt parts are prized, ehh, not for me I like perfectly golden fried chicken that has an even look and texture. I use a large sauce pan with a heavy bottom and pour in one 48 ounce bottle of a neutral tasting oil such as vegetable or corn oil.
Here's a trick for you. If you don't have a proper thermometer to check how hot your oil is, you can use the tip of a wooden soon. Just submerge the spoon into the oil and hold it. Take a look at the and see if bubbles are coming of it, if so, your oil is ready and should be about 350 degrees.

I fry them in batches with pieces that are the same size, turning every few minutes to get them frying evenly.

OMG! this stuff is so good. It's like poultry injected with crack!! 

I could literally eat an entire hen house at one sitting and end up blubbering like Renfield catching imaginary flies and giggling to myself.

So you might ask, Where is the recipe for this heavenly food of the God's concoction?
Well......I'm not gonna post it! hahahahahahaha......It's mine all mine! 

Ok, ok, I'm really not going to post it. it took me forever to come up with it. But if you ask really nicely I will send you some of this heavenly mixture and you will be hooked on poultry crack like I am.

Killer Fried Chicken chow!



The Diligent Diletante said...

How nice is nice? I adore kfc lately and would love to try that batter or yours. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

Mary said...

Aw, now I want to eat fried chicken. It looks really good! Crazy secret chicken recipes! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi West Coast, your title says it all, if only that bucket of deliciousness was right in front of me. I'm so tempted to invade your foodie heaven "Su casa es mi casa" ^__^.

***Miss you (Ewong)***

Dennis K. said...

Looks great Michael! Hello from the Apple Store - Ginza...

caninecologne said...

hi michael - yeah, i'm still up and reading blogs! ha ha.

just had kfc tonite at a friend's house. well, just the SKIN!!!!!

i'd like to take you up on your offer. i'll have to email you separately w/my address. we can do a "trade" of sorts....heh heh.

OMFG it's almost 2011!

btw, loved the "Renfield" reference. He was best played by Tom Waits in FFCoppola's 1992 adaptation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula"....

Michael said...

Hi Elaine! Happy New Year!! miss you. stay warm in New York and any time you want to come out, just let me know.

Hi Dennis, Dude, you are now my hero. Apple store in Ginza! I'm a hardcore Apple head!

Hi cc,I feel and look like Oprah! and you get some mix and you get some mix..haha. Tom Waits was the perfect creepy Renfield. I made a huge batch of my chicken mix to give away for Christmas this year. I will send you some over on Monday.


Anonymous said...

wow! It looks way better than KFC! My son loves this,oh please could you share the recipe? :)

caninecologne said...

hi michael,
so, bert fried up a batch of chicken tonight for our dinner. my gum graft be damned!!!! i HAD to have it, even if i had to cut it up in small pieces...post will be forthcoming.

your kfc mix was awesome - thanks again!!!!

Michael said...

NO WAY!?!? You had a gum graft and eating fried chicken?...ouch! I am so happy you liked the mix. it reminds me of KFC and I can't wait to read what you have to say about.

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