6 pieces chicken-cleaned and trimmed of excess fat
Water to cover chicken
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 teaspoon MSG (optional, I didn’t use this…. for obvious reasons)
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup milk
Kentucky Fried Chicken Spice
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon oregano leaves
1 tablespoon powdered sage
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons onion salt
1 teaspoon accent or msg (OPTIONAL)
Add 2-3 Tablespoons mix to every 1 1/2 cup of flour for coating chicken.
6-8 cups Crisco shortening – This will depend on your deep fryer (I used PEANUT OIL with great success, it has a higher flash point)
Place all those 11 herbs and spices ingredients in a grinder or in a blender and pulse for 3-4 minutes to pulverize. Store in an airtight container. Once ground spices will lose their flavor faster than when they are whole. This makes about 3/4 cup.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of the spice mixture to flour whisking well. Remove 1/2 cup flour/spice mixture and place in bowl or a plastic or paper sack for first coating of chicken. Add the remaining 1 cup flour/spice mixture in 2nd bowl or sack.
Mix together in medium bowl for dipping chicken pieces.
Let’s get started.
Chicken – Step 1
In a large bowl place cleaned chicken in salted (1 Tablespoon salt + 1 teaspoon MSG, still optional) water to cover chicken. Let soak at least 2 hours in refrigerator.
Dry chicken with paper towels. Dredge in 1/2 cup of the flour mixture, shaking off excess. Do all pieces of chicken, one at a time and set on rack until next step. If you have any remaining flour mixture from this 1/2 cup portion add to 2nd sack.
Dip into egg/water mixture, allowing excess to drip off.
Add FRESH Crisco to the deep fryer (or pressure fryer). Heat oil 350 degrees, gently add chicken to oil, one piece at a time. Do not add more than 3 pieces to each batch. Fry 12-15 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Drain chicken and keep in warm oven while frying remaining chicken. Cooking time may vary especially if using a pressure fryer.