Friday 23 March 2012

Gluten Free Southern Fried Chicken

gluten free southern fried chicken kfc
Southern Fried Chicken
Now I'm not claiming that this is anything like KFC, but there's a certain person who eats gluten, loves the Colonel's chicken, has it on a regular basis and thinks this recipe is a winner as an alternative. I think so too or else I wouldn't post it, it has a really lovely flavour.

If you miss the taste of KFC chicken this is a pretty good replacement, it's not exact, for starters there is definitely black pepper in that secret recipe, you can see it! As I have a pepper allergy that can't be used but you could include it for an even closer taste. As for the other ingredients, well this is a take on what I remember, it's by no means the same but it sure tastes good.

This served 2 people with a side of chips each.


1 Chicken Breast
1/2 teaspoon of the following:
Chilli Powder
Onion Granules
Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Paprika
3 heaped tablespoons Corn Flour (Masa Harina)
Vegetable Oil

  • Cut the chicken into 4cm x 1cm strips
chicken strips
Chicken Strips
  • Put the chicken into a container and cover with milk
  • Brine overnight in the fridge or for as long as possible, 30 minutes minimum
chicken in milk
Submerged Chicken Strips
  • Mix the corn flour, herbs and spices together until evenly blended
gluten free southern fried chicken seasonings
Southern Coating Ingredients
gluten free southern fried chicken coating kfc
Southern Style Coating
  • Drain the chicken from the milk and coat with the flour blend in small batches
southern fried chicken coated kfc
Coated Chicken Strips
  • Heat a saucepan with vegetable oil on high
  • Fry the chicken strips in batches, 2 minutes per batch should be perfect
  • Remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper

The reason that I make the chicken strips quite small is for a quick cooking time. You could make them bigger, or even use thighs or drumsticks, but the cooking time will be considerably longer.

It's been a very long time since I've had KFC and although I didn't use to have it very often, it is one of the things that I miss on my gluten free diet. I guess the closest this recipe gets to KFC is their crispy strips, but like I say, you could use this coating on thighs or drumsticks, have that traditional KFCish experience.

There's also a rich KFC style chicken gravy to go with this, I'll post it up on Monday, it's great for dipping!

Have Wonderful Weekends.

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