Chef shares homemade ‘KFC’ chicken recipe and ‘secret herbs chain uses’

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A chef has shared her epic recipe for homemade 'KFC' chicken – and says the secret to the world famous flavour is due to 12 herbs and spices.

Self-titled 'home cook' Jessica Nguyen is a popular online, boasting an impressive 61,600 Instagram followers.

The 'Insta famous' cook says she's spent "countless hours" researching the techniques and seasoning used in KFC's cooking process.

Although Jessica admitted it's 'impossible 'to replicate how chicken is mass produced in the restaurant's commercial kitchens, she has translated the original recipe into a manageable method to help you create the same results at home.

The brunette says to achieve the iconic taste, you have to rub the chicken with a host of spices, including classic favourites such as basil, oregano and paprika as well as more unique flavours like mustard powder and celery salt.

To make the chicken, the cook says you'll need a deep fryer, a digital thermometer and a wire baking rack.

Once you have these, you'll need to cut a whole chicken into large pieces, generously salting on both sides before standing the meat for 30 minutes.

Jessica said it's essential to season your chicken with salt continuously throughout the entire cooking process.

Once the meat has rested, the foodie loads the seasoned chicken into a large pot and covers it with 600ml of buttermilk, allowing it to marinate in the fridge for a minimum of three hours, but ideally overnight.

She said buttermilk is the traditional way of tenderising chicken before it is fried in the southern United States, where Kentucky Fried Chicken was created.

The buttermilk contains enzymes and acids that break down protein in chicken, leaving it tender and juicy.

A couple of hours before you are ready to cook the chicken, Jessica said you need to drain thebuttermilk and bring the meat back to room temperature by leaving it outside the fridge.

She said it's 'critical' to allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for at least an hour before frying it.

This is because cooking cold chicken straight from the fridge can result in an uneven cook that's raw on the inside.

While the chicken warms up, Jessica says you'll need to measure out your herbs and spices.

She recommends mixing smoked and sweet paprika, which she said adds a 'greater depth of flavour' than using just one.

Jessica blitzes the dried herbs in a food processor to achieve a texture which is similar to that served in KFC restaurants, before sorting the coating.

The cook sifts two cups of plain flour into a large dish, then mixes the blitzed herbs and spices into the mixture until fully combined.

She then prepares the milk and egg wash by whisking two eggs and one cup of milk in a large bowl.

Eggs and milk will cling to the breading flour on the skin of the chicken, creating the classic KFC coating.

She then adds a few tablespoons of the flour mixture into a separate dish, which will be used as the coating for the chicken.

To create the coating, she dips one piece of chicken in flour, shakes off the excess and then fully submerges it in the egg and milk wash.

She then covers the chicken in flour again and lays it out on a baking rack while she finishes the rest.

For those who want extra crispy chicken, Jessica recommends double dipping the breaded chicken back into the egg and milk wash and patting the mixture in so it forms rough indents around the edges.

The chicken is then finally ready to be fried.

You'll need to set a deep fryer to 180 degrees Celsius and fills it with three litres of vegetable oil.

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The frying basket is then loaded with three pieces of chicken at a time and cooked with the lid on for about eight or nine minutes.

Jessica says she checks the inside of the meat with a thermometer to ensure it's fully cooked, with an internal temperature above 85 degrees Celsius proving the chicken is ready to eat.

A video of the recipe has racked up thousands of likes and gushing comments from foodies after it was posted on Instagram.

One woman wrote: "'That looks incredible, as a second admitted they "can't wait to try" the method at home.

A third said the clip had inspired them to invest in a deep fryer and all the ingredients needed for the dish.

We can't wait to make our own KFC, pronto.

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