Here is the recipe for the Colonel’s famous original Kentucky Fried Chicken with 11 herbs and spices.
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon MSG (Such as Accent seasoning)
- 8 cups water
- 1 whole roaster chicken (4 to 5 pounds), cut into 8 pieces
- 6 to 12 cups vegetable oil
- 9 ounces (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground tellicherry pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground savory
- 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups skim milk
- To make the brine, dissolve the salt and MSG in the water. Add the chicken pieces and marinate for 3 hours. Remove the chicken from the brine, rinse with water, and blot dry.
- Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 300 degrees F.
- Make the breading by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then stir in the milk.
- When the oil is hot, dip each piece of chicken in the egg and milk mixture and then press into the breading. Toss each chicken piece in the breading until well coated. Let the chicken sit for 5 minutes in the breading, gently tossing every minute or two to ensure a good coating. Gently shake off the excess breading and fry 2 to 4 pieces at a time (or whatever your fryer can hold) for 16 to 20 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown. Drain the fried chicken on a rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Note: This recipe is for deep frying. If pressure frying, cooking time will be shortened to 12 to 14 minutes. If you want to keep the chicken warm until every piece is cooked so that you can serve it all at once, place the fried pieces on a rack on a baking sheet and keep them in your oven set to 200 degrees F.