So, wow. I stumbled across an amazing recipe for chicken that tastes like KFC but BETTER AND, the best part, it's NOT deep fried! But still crispy! Miracle chicken? I think yes.
If you are like me and enjoy the taste of KFC but feel disgusting after eating it because it's so greasy and full of who knows what other terrible things, prepare for your life to be changed with this simple recipe, slightly modified from this recipe. I used three chicken breasts but definitely had enough coating materials to do double that much.
1. Brine the chicken (skinless pieces or small breast pieces) for at least 1 hour in a mixture of 2 cups water, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
2. In a Ziploc bag, mix 2 cups flour, 1.5 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp paprika, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp salt (I used 1 tbsp but this proved to be too salty so I recommend cutting back to 1 tsp which is what I'll do next time).
3. Remove the chicken pieces from the brine, pat dry, and toss in the flour mixture.
4. Beat 2 egg whites until you get soft peaks and add 1 cup buttermilk.
5. Remove the chicken from the flour mixture, dip in the liquid, and toss again in the flour mixture.
6. Pour a few tbsp of oil into a baking pan or casserole dish, heat in the oven for a couple minutes on 400, then add the chicken to the pan.
7. Since the chicken has been brined it should stay moist even if you bake it too long - so bake as long as you need to get the crispiness you desire. My chicken was boneless skinless breasts cut into about 3 or 4 pieces each so I baked for 15 minutes on one side, then flipped and baked for about 5 minutes on the other side. This made them pretty crispy but if we hadn't been so hungry I would have left them in longer to crisp up even more.
HONESTLY I AM NOT KIDDING, you can NOT tell that these are not deep fried. The batter on them truly does crisp up to the point where you are tricked into thinking they've been deep fried. But the awesome part is, they aren't greasy.
Oh man. I love this chicken so much. I can't believe what a few simple ingredients can do. Try this, you may never go back to KFC again. I sure won't.