Kfc styled crispy chicken
* 1kg soft chicken (thighs and drumsticks),
* 2 tbsp salt, divided
* 1 large seasoning cube
* 3 tbsp smoked paprika
* 2 tbsp ground white pepper
* 1 tbsp ground black pepper
* 1 tbsp garlic powder
* 1 tbsp ground ginger
* 1/2 tsp curry powder
* 2 tsp dried thyme
* 2 tsp dried basil or parsley
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tbsp cornstarch
* 1 cup buttermilk or light cream
* 2 large egg whites
* 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying
METHOD OF PREPARATION
STEP 1: Place chicken in a large bowl, season with one tablespoon of salt, toss to mix and leave to rest for 10-30 minutes.
STEP 2: Blend seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, curry, thyme, and basil or parsley.
STEP 3:Add the blended mix to the chicken bowl and toss to ensure that they are all well-coated with the spice blend.
STEP 4: Cover with cling film, place in the fridge and allow to marinate for an hour or longer.
STEP 5: Take marinated chicken out of the fridge, pour in the light cream, and toss to coat.
STEP 6: Using a thong or your fingers, dip the chicken pieces, one after another, in the whisked egg whites, coat and then transfer onto a tray with flour and cornstarch. Coat and then transfer to a clean tray and leave to rest for about five minutes.
STEP 7: Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat and fry chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked, keeping the oil temperature at about 325º.
STEP 8: Transfer fried crispy chicken pieces to a wire rack and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
Serve with your favourite sauce.
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