Healthy, homemade, KFC

1 Jul
Healthy KFC Chicken Recipe

Our “KFC”

My husband is one of those KFC addicts, he just loooves that fried chicken. But as much as he loves it, he hates how fatty it is and I hate how expensive it is. As a compromise I developed this recipe loosely based on a few others I found on the internet. It tastes like the spicy version KFC sometimes makes, and, while it is not a perfect replacement for the real thing, it satisfies the craving.

This recipe takes a fair bit of prep, probably about 30 minutes prep and 20-40 minutes baking time. It is more “KFC” like when you use chicken thighs, but breasts are also nice. If you use breasts, the cooking time will reduce to 20-25 minutes, thighs are probably 30-40 minutes, but it depends on your oven. Keep an eye on them and they’ll be ready when juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

Ingredients: (yield: 4 large thighs)

  • 1 cup flour (use a healthy flour to make it healthier)
  • 1/2 tbsp salt (optional, but necessary if you want it to really taste as close as possible to the takeaways)
  • 1 tbsp dry basil
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • 1 tbsp dry ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp dry chilli (or replace this with 1/2 tbsp of garlic powder and 1/2 tbsp of paprika for less spice and a new flavour)
  • 1 egg
  • canola oil
  • skinless chicken thighs or breasts x 4
Method:
 
1: Heat your oven to 200 degrees C or 400 degrees F.
 
2: Mix the flour, herbs, and spices in a large bowl.
 
3: In a separate bowl, beat the egg
 
4: Roll the chicken pieces in the egg, then in the flour mix. Make sure they are evenly coated.
 
5: Grease a frying pan with canola oil, and then quickly fry the coated chicken. You do not need to fully cook the chicken, but just brown the coating a little.
 
6: Place the chicken on a baking tray and put into oven.
 
7: Flip the chicken halfway through cooking (10-15 minutes in).
 
8: Check the chicken is cooked (20-40 minute mark). Remove from oven. Serve. To make it seem even more like a KFC meal, serve it with coleslaw or mashed potatoes and gravy.
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