Country Fried VegChicken

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After I became vegetarian, one of the two foods I missed the most was KFC fried chicken.  Something about those 11 herbs and spices… smelled and tasted so good.  Below is the best recipe I’ve found so far to replicate it, the seasonings adapted from the Spice Guru’s post on Food.com.

Ingredients:

Salt Wash:

  • 6 c water
  • 1 T salt
  • 2 t MSG

Breading:

  • 4 t corn flour or masa harina
  • 2 T dry milk powder
  • 2½ powdered sugar
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 T MSG
  • 2 T tellicherry black pepper, ground
  • 2 t celery salt
  • ½ T sage, ground
  • 1 t coriander, ground
  • 1 t ginger, ground
  • 1/4 t cloves, ground
  • 1/4 t nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 t parsley, ground
  • 1/8 t cardamom, ground
  • 1¼ t smoked paprika
  • ¼ t sweet paprika
  • 1½ t Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1 t garlic salt
  • ¼ t cumin, ground
  • 1/8 t  cayenne pepper
  • ½ t  onion powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ¼ t turmeric, ground
  • 1/8 t lemon pepper
  • 3½ c self-rising flour
  • ¼ c cornstarch, packed

Instructions:

Prepare the Vegan/Vegetarian chicken per instructions.  Allow to cool.  Break apart into chicken-sized chunks.

Combine the salt wash in a medium-sized bowl.  Mix to dissolve the salt.

Combine all of the Breading ingredients in a large bowl, except for the self-rising flour and cornstarch.  Break up all the pieces to ensure there are no clumps.  Then add the self-rising flour and corn starch.  Stir to thoroughly combine.

Dip each piece of vegchicken into the salt wash and then into the breading.  Allow the salt wash to drip freely into the breading bowl while you do this.  The breading clumps is what gives the chicken its signature flaky texture.  Set the breaded vegchicken onto a platter and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

2nd round of breading:  Dip each piece of breaded vegchicken into the salt wash quickly and then back into the breading.  Encourage clumping.  Set the vegchicken back onto the platter and repeat with the rest of the breaded vegchicken.

Heat oil in a deepfryer.  Drop the twice-breaded vegchiken into the deepfryer separately, taking care to keep them separate.  Deep fry for 4½ minutes.  Remove from oil and cool.

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