Friday, July 23, 2021

Southern Fried Chicken Strips

Southern Fried Chicken Strips
Serves 6

I have experimented quite a few times with trying to recreate KFC chicken. The Chinese five spice may seem like an odd seasoning to add, but I am sure somewhere in KFC there is the flavour of Aniseed or Star Anise, and I really think it makes a difference when I've experimented. Obviously this isn't identical to KFC, but pretty close! And, it's sooo good 😋

• 1.2kg chicken tenderloins
• 250ml buttermilk
• 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning*
• Salt for seasoning
• Oil for deep frying (I used rice bran oil)
-Flour mix-
• 2 cups plain flour
• 3 teaspoons garlic powder
• 2 teaspoons dried thyme
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Place chicken tenderloins, buttermilk, Cajun seasoning and salt into a mixing bowl or container and stir to combine. Wrap and allow to marinate in the fridge all day, or at least 1 hour.
2. Once chicken has marinated, heat enough oil in a large deep pot (or use deep fryer if you have one) until very hot. (Please watch the oil and be careful!) In the meantime, combine flour ingredients and stir to combine.
3. Dip chicken in flour mix and fry in hot oil for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until crispy and cooked through. Be sure not to overcrowd pot. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat until all done. (I did about 3 different batches). Serve.

*I use Masterfoods Cajun seasoning but there are plenty of recipes online if you want to make your own.

Xo Bec

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