KFC Grilled Chicken

KFC Grilled Chicken

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Ever wonder what KFC's secret to their grilled chicken was? Check this KFC Grilled Chicken recipes out, tastes like the real deal. Only thing missing is the bucket.

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  • 8

    cups water

  • ¼

    cup salt

  • 2

    teaspoons MSG, see tidbits in description

  • 1

    small whole chicken, cut up, 8 pieces


  • ¼

    cup canola oil

  • ¼

    teaspoon liquid smoke

  • ¼

    teaspoon soy sauce


  • 2

    teaspoons all purpose flour

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • ¾

    teaspoon chicken bouillon powder, preferably Knorr

  • ¼

    teaspoon beef bouillon powder, preferably Knorr

  • ¼

    teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • ¼

    teaspoon crushed dried rosemary

  • ¼

    teaspoon dried basil

  • teaspoon dried oregano

  • teaspoon garlic powder


Dissolve salt and MSG in the water to make the marinade brine. Add chicken, cover and chill exactly 2 hours. When chicken has marinated, rinse each piece of chicken with water and blot dry. Whisk together oil, liquid smoke and soy sauce in a small bowl. Brush oil over one side of each piece of chicken. Combine all of the ingredients for the seasoning in a small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning over the oiled side of each piece of chicken, then flip each piece, brush with oil again and sprinkle on more seasoning. Preheat your oven to 350°F, or 325°F if you have a convection oven. Brush some of the leftover oil solution onto an oven-safe grill pan or grill plate. Set pan over med-heat and when the oil begins to smoke, place chicken skin-side-down on the pan. Cook chicken 2-3 minutes or until the skin begins to brown and grill marks form on the chicken, then flip chicken and cook another 1-2 minutes. Pop the grill pan into the oven for 20 minutes, then flip each piece of chicken and bake another 20 minutes or until the surface of the chicken is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. TIDBITS: MSG is monosodium glutamate, a natural amino salt. It can usually be found where herbs and spices are stocked in your market. Accent Flavor Enhancer is one popular brand. If you can't find the chicken and beef bouillon powder for this recipe, you can use bouillon cubes. Just crush the cubes into fine powder before measuring.


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