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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

homemade take away

This is our homemade version of KFC.
We have this occasionally for a Sunday Night Tea.
I originally saw Fast Eddie do it on BHG one night and everyone commented on it, so we thought we would give it a go.
The kids really like these as they are not greasy like KFC but crispy and crunchy.
He uses thighs, but I found they take too long to cook and you are always worried that they haven't fully cooked through, so we now use wings which have just had the tip cut off.
We serve them with corn on the cob, I just buy the frozen ones from the supermarket and boil them,
and my secret recipe spicy BBQ sauce (which of course won't be so secret after I tell you! SSSH just don't tell VCH and the B's)

Fried Chicken and Spicy BBQ Sauce

1 kg of chicken thighs on the bone (I use wings and get about 1.5 for 8 of us works out at roughly 2 each)
3 eggwhites
1/2t salt
1/2t freshly ground black pepper
1/2C cornflour
1 C plain flour
2t dried thyme
3t smoked paprika
2t cumin
1tsp allspice
1/2 t ground ginger

Cut chicken thighs in half at joint and pat dry with paper towel
Put egg whites into a bowl add salt and pepper, then whisk until soft peaks form
Sift flours into a plastic bag (I find two clean shopping bags inside each other best)
Add herbs and spices.
Dip chicken into eggwhite and shake off excess. 
Put chicken into bag and shake well to coat with flour mixture.
Heat oil in deep fryer or large heavy based pan
When hot cook chicken in batches (I find 4 at one time is enough) for 12-15 minutes (I find 10min is enough for the wings) or until golden and crisp and cooked through.
Drain chicken and serve. I put mine in the oven at about 160C to keep warm until the others are cooked

Spicy BBQ sauce
This was a make and taste experiment that worked.
Put BBQ sauce, tomato sauce and some sweet chilli sauce in a bowl, sprinkle with smoked paprika and mix.
Add more or less sweet chilli sauce depending on how hot you like it.

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