As you may know the Colonel's secret recipe has been revealed. His blend of "11 herbs and spices" was divulged by a nephew of the Colonel's after he found a hand written copy of the recipe in a scrapbook of his mom's. It's been published everywhere and I will include it at the end of this post. I decided to make this myself last night and it went something like this:
|As always, assemble your ingredients before you start.|
Mise en place..
|Add the herbs and spices to the flour in a bowl large|
enough to accommodate 2 pieces of chicken
|The result will be a ruddy colored flour with lots of fragrance|
|In a large bowl whisk together the egg |
and 2 cups of the buttermilk
|Add the chicken pieces to the buttermilk mixture and let it sit |
on the counter for 20-30 minutes to marinate
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|Add the reserved buttermilk to the crumbs and with your |
fingers, rub the buttermilk into the flour mixture
|The resulting coating should resemble damp sand. |
Set this aside
|Next, take your chicken pieces and after letting the |
excess buttermilk marinade drip off, coat the pieces well,
pressing the coating to the chicken. Place on a wire rack over a
sheet pan and let rest for 20 minutes while heating the oil.
|Heat your oil to 350f and then place the chicken pieces |
carefully in the hot oil. Cover the pan. Regulate your burner to
keep the frying temperature at 315-330 degrees. If it gets
much hotter the coating doesn't taste right.
|After 4 minutes take the lid off of the pan and move the |
chicken around to make sure it isn't stuck to the bottom
of the pan. Continue to cook for another 4-6 minutes.
|At this point, turn the chicken over and continue to cook another |
6-8 minutes. Make sure your oil is at the right temperature.
|Take the chicken out of the oil and drain on a rack over |
paper towel. Take the chicken's temperature. It should
be 160 for white meat and 170 for dark. If it is not hot
enough, put it into a 300 degree oven until the
chicken is cooked through.