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Phil's fakeaway KFC chicken

If your KFC cravings are out of control, Colonel Phil Vickery’s here to help. He’s in the kitchen with his delicious fried chicken recipe.

Phil Vickery's KFC

Serves 4


8 large chicken thighs, bone in and skin off

220mls buttermilk or yogurt

1 level tbsp table salt

2 tbsp dried oregano

2 tbsp dried thyme

1 tbsp cumin

2 tsp ground white pepper

1 level tsp cayenne pepper

225g plain flour

4 medium eggs

150ml cold water, approximately

Sunflower oil, to fry


1. Place the chicken legs into a bowl and add the buttermilk or yoghurt and salt and mix well, leave for 1 hour or ideally, leave overnight

2. Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas 6

3. Place the oregano, thyme, cumin, peppers and flour into a medium bowl and mix well

4. Whisk the eggs together with the water

5. Take the chicken thighs out of the buttermilk and wipe off the excess. Place the leftover buttermilk into eggs and water and whisk well.

6. Dip each thigh into the flour and spice mixture to lightly dust, remove from the flour and place on one side

7. Then dip each piece of floured chicken in the egg mixture, shake off any excess then put back into the flour mixture to coat - it’s best to do this stage one piece at a time, otherwise you’ll get very messy!

8. Heat a pan of vegetable oil about 2-3cm deep to about 175°C, or test with a small piece of bread – when it browns within 30 seconds you’ve reached the right temperature

9. Add 4 chicken thighs and fry for a 4-5 minutes then carefully turn over and cook on the other side until golden brown - the oil should only come just halfway up the sides of the chicken

10. Place a wire rack onto a baking tray, then place the browned chicken on the wire rack

11. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through

12. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15-20 minutes

13. The smell will be really tempting, but try to resist because they’ll burn your mouth if you eat them straight away!

Phil Vickery's KFC coleslaw

Serves 4


¼ white cabbage sliced really finely

¼ red cabbage, sliced really finely

1 large carrot, sliced really finely

1 large onion, very finely sliced on the diagonal

6 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp vinegar

Ground pepper


1. Mix the chopped vegetables together well

2. Mix the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar and pepper together and add to the veg

3. Mix and leave for 30 minutes before serving

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