Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Colonel Sanders must be the most popular American, next to Uncle Sam. His name is a byword worldwide. His face is in every street corner. Millions of people are addicted to his world renowned fried chicken. 

When Kentucky Fried Chicken was introduced in the Philippines, it was an instant hit. Back then, the joint was a proper restaurant. The fried chicken was served on oval dishes, not in a bucket. It was certaintly more civilized then.

I love KFC and won't change anything about it. Yet it is something that I wouldn't eat often. 

I don't think I have ever met anyone who doesn't like fried chicken. Everyone likes eating it; cooking it, not so much. I hardly fry chicken for a lot of reasons. No.1: it stinks my kitchen. No.2: it's oily and I regret eating it afterwards. No.3: I'm worried about deep frying.

I usually oven fry my chicken, drizzling the pieces with oil before baking. But I am always in awe of a good crispy chicken with bubbly crust. That really gets to me. 

When I saw this recipe for buttermilk chicken, I tried it the very next day. It is "fried chicken" but only partially so. The buttermilk brined chicken is dredged in seasoned flour, fried for a few minutes then finished in the oven. It comes out crisp outside, tender and juicy inside. The cooking technique also makes the chicken crisp for longer. Perfect.

Apologies to the Colonel, but this is really, really good fried chicken. I am going to eat this more often than KFC (yup, still can't give it up).

Recipe adapted from Feeding Big's recipe for Oven Fried Chicken

Ingredients for the chicken and brine:

4 c. (1 quart) buttermilk or plain natural yoghurt
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. mixed herbs
2 kg. chicken portions


Rinse the chicken then pat dry.

Mix all of the ingredients except for the chicken in a large bowl. 

Add the chicken and mix thoroughly, making sure that each piece is coated with the seasoned brine. 

Cover with cling film and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Ingredients for the coating:

2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. onion granules
1 tsp. garlic granules
1 tsp. mixed herbs
2 tsps. paprika
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. celery salt
2 tsps. fine salt
3 tbsps. buttermilk or plain natural yoghurt
3 tbsps. milk


Mix the flour and seasonings together in a large mixing bowl. 

Mix the butter milk (or yoghurt) with the milk. Pour on the seasoned flour and mix with a fork. This will cause the flour to form lumps. Rub the flour with your fingertips to distribute the lumps. This  is the part that will give the chicken coating a crumbly texture.

Take the chicken pieces out of the buttermilk or yoghurt marinade and shake off the excess.

Dredge in the seasoned flour.

Instructions for frying:

Pre-heat the oven to 340° F/ 170° C.

Heat up a deep frying pan and add enough oil for frying. The oil has to be very hot. Add a few pieces of chicken at a time, making room for the oil to circulate between them.

Fry the chicken pieces at high temperature initially to set the crumbs. Lower the heat to medium and continue to fry until they are crisp and light golden brown, about 10 minutes turning over when one side is done.

Transfer to a baking pan with a rack to catch the drippings. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken, or until fully cooked and crisped.

You can also just continue to fry the chicken on medium heat (after the initial high heat setting) until done, about 15-25 minutes.

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  1. Looking forward to trying this yummylicious recipe!

  2. Hi Adora, is it possible to skip the step where we have to deep fry it in oil?

    1. The frying step sets the coating and keeps it crisp when baking. You can cook this in the oven by drizzling the prepared chicken with oil, on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F/180°C for about 40 minutes or until done. Not as crispy but still delicious.

  3. Hi Adora! I'm back!

    I do not deep fry chicken at home for the same reasons as yours. But I'm thinking of giving it a shot due to the way you present and describe your fried chicken! Topnotch!

  4. That chicken is perfectly cooked!!!! Yum.. Lovely

    Happy fourth of July!

  5. Wow, these fried chickens look perfect. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside is just perfection. I usually don't deep fried anything at home...for the same reason. But I think these are definitely worth it.

  6. I don't eat deep fry chicken often so I guess I can indulge for once with this recipe of yours. It looks promising. The other chicken recipes that you have linked from your blog look equally tempting.

  7. Oh wow! Does that look mouthwatering! :D

    I looove oven fried chicken and yours just looks beautiful with the dinner roles and slaw! This is my idea of a perfect summer meal. Save me a seat! ;D

    Tammy (& Catherine) of Living the Gourmet

  8. Delicious!!!!!
    Very nice photos!!!!!

  9. It's always a good idea to visit your blog on a full stomach. Your delicious looking "fried" chicken is making this southern girl hungry all over again!

  10. So that's what oven fried means! My kids are suckers for juicy fried chicken. Have you tried adding a few oatmeal to your flour mixture? It will make your crumb really crispy, plus having the benefits of ye oatmeal.

  11. That looks like the perfect technique for a crispy and not too oily chicken! Have to try it!


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