Lots of variety in this week’s Hit List for cooking up some delicious fried chicken, yum! This popular comfort food may be a diet-buster but I have included a few healthified ideas to check out if you’re wanting to lighten things up a bit.
I’ve made sure to include Southern-style and extra crispy versions too. Lots here, you’re sure to find a new favorite in this bunch.
First up: Did someone really figure out the secret for KFC? Don’t tell the colonel :
Ron Douglas shares the ingredients for his version of KFC’s 11 herbs and spices:
- 1 tsp ground oregano
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Accent
*Ingredients specified in the descriptions below are just a sample and not a complete list
- With Pan Gravy : Serves 4, ingredients include buttermilk, sliced onions, chopped garlic, seasoning salt, fat free milk, flour. From Life’s Ambrosia.
- Ginger : Low-sodium soy sauce, sake, peeled, minced fresh ginger. Found at SFGate.
- Planks : The taste and texture promise to be amazing, slices of chicken breasts are coated with a mixture of saltine crackers and beaten eggs. From Southern Plate.
- Southern : Hot red pepper sauce, self-rising flour, pepper, house seasoning (includes directions for making). From Paula Deen at The Food Network.
- Hot ‘n Spicy : From Betty’s Soul Food Collection… Add black-eyed peas or a mess of greens and lots of cornbread. From Betty Crocker.
- Super-Crunchy : (these are baked) Fat-free buttermilk, red pepper sauce, finely crushed cornflakes, paprika, thyme. Found at Delish.
- Kentucky (vintage) : From an old newspaper clipping, includes Italian salad dressing mix, lemon juice, pancake mix, paprika, sage, and other basic ingredients. From RecipeCurio.com.
- Spicy : (done in the oven) Don’t be intimidated by the amount of hot pepper sauce in the marinade; the meat will pick up only some of the heat. From Epicurious.
- Single Serving : Tabasco, cayenne pepper, ground laurel (optional), peanut or canola oil. From The Beet Goes On.
- Herb : A half-cup of fresh sage or parsley is added to flour mixture to make the coating. From Better Homes & Gardens.
- Oven Cooked : Crunchy & flavorful, marinated in buttermilk to keep it juicy. From Eating Well.
- Supercrunchy : This combination looks like a sodden mess when you put it together but fries up beautifully. For the best crust and flavor, use a combination of lard and butter, but olive oil (or neutral oil like corn or grapeseed) is fine also. From The New York Times.
- Lemon-Brined : Juicy and and delectably crisp, chef Thomas Keller soaks it in a lemony brine, then coats it before frying. From Food & Wine.
- Lime Strips : Chinese Five-Spice, oregano, red pepper flakes, lime wedges, jalapeno pepper. From Ceramic Canvas.
- Flavorful : Marinated for 24 hours in a brine mixture before coating in flour. From Ceramic Canvas.
- Crispy Pretzel Coating : Pretzels are ground up in a food processor with caraway seeds, cumin and chile powder (you can also crush by hand in a heavy-duty plastic bag). From Dramatic Pancake.
- Extra Crispy & Spicy : Buttermilk, hot red pepper sauce, eggs, garlic powder, peanut oil. From Meg’s Every Day Indulgence.
- Jeffery Hobbs Version : Yields 5 pounds, marinated in a brine mixture that contains Kosher salt, sugar, Worcestershire, bay leaves and water. From Entree Dallas.
- Gluten-Free : Makes about 3 pounds, flours used are sorghum, corn and quinoa. Other items are potato starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, egg whites and seasonings. From Michael Ruhlman.
- Healthified : (oven) Yields 6 servings and made with apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, crushed cornflakes, thyme and more. From Fitness Magazine.