Again it’s been a while since I posted a food entry. It’s not that I haven’t been eating or cooking. It’s just I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about food and cooking rather than writing ever since I read The Flavor Bible (which I still need to blog about). Anyway, back to what makes the world go round: food.

I’m often asked what would be my last meal. Because this question is so difficult for someone that loves so many different kinds of food, my last meal would inevitably be a multiple-course meal consisting of all my favorite eats: sushi, French fries, my mama’s eggrolls, New- York-style cheese pizza, fried chicken, and a bowl of noodle soup (most likely ramen or pho). I don’t know if there’s a commonality to my favorite foods except maybe DELICIOUS! Just kidding. Maybe unhealthy? Aside from the sushi, I guess.

So yes, fried chicken is one of my favorite foods. Most things can’t go wrong when they’re dropped in a vat of oil. While I love KFC’s original recipe and Popeye’s Cajun spicy fried chicken, I thought why not try my hand at homemade fried chicken? The last time I attempted fried chicken years ago, I made the mistake of not monitoring the oil temperature and so the chicken turned out charred on the outside and still raw on the inside. This time, I followed a method from Ina Garten that involves frying the chicken to seal in the juices and then finishing it off in the oven for thorough cooking. I tried to look online for KFC’s secret original recipe but my kitchen was missing the MSG (not to mention marjoram at the time) so I had to make due with only nine out of the eleven secret herbs and spices. I only put in about half the amount of herbs and spices as I should have, and the chicken could’ve used more flavor, but trial error is inevitable. I boosted the measurements in the recipe below, so hopefully your chicken turns out even tastier. A quick tip before you fry: to keep chicken crispy, set fried pieces atop brown paper bags instead of paper towels after frying. Happy frying, and remember that if the Blind can Cook it, so can you!


: Oven-Fried Chicken

: Original recipe from Barefoot Contessa Family Style


  1. 2 (3 lbs.) chickens, each cut into 8 pcs.
  2. 1 qt. buttermilk
  3. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  4. 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  5. 1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 tsp. dried basil
  7. 1 tsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  9. 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  10. 1 tsp. onion salt
  11. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  12. 1 tsp. paprika
  13. 1 tsp. ground sage
  14. 2 tbsp. MSG
  15. vegetable shorening or oil for frying


  1. Place chicken pcs. in a baking pan and pour buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Combine flour, and all 11 herbs and spices in a lg. bowl. Take each chicken piece out of the buttermilk and cover liberally with flour mixture. Pour oil or shortening in a lg. heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1″. Heat oil to 360 degrees.
  3. Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in oil and fry for 3 min. on each side or until coating is a light golden brown. (It will continue to brown in the oven.) Don’t crowd the pieces. Remove chicken from oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan. Allow oil to return to 360 degrees before frying next batch.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 min. until chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. ADM says:

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!?!?!?!

    • theblindcook says:

      You're welcome. How did it turn out? I recently got a deep fryer so stay tuned for a classic recipe for southern fried chicken. Till then, try not to clog an artery.

  2. Channon says:

    Christine, you are such an inspiration. I so wanted you to win on Masterchef. You are an awesome cook and made me so proud. You have such a warm and creative personality. You are mature, beautiful, and a highly talented Chef. My mother was blind for most of my life but never was able to navigate through life with the finesse that you have. There is so much greatness in you. Thanks for sharing your gift.

  3. Tommy says:

    Thank s for the recipe. I tried it at home for the new year and it was such a delicious one. I bought an oven myself and put in the stuff onto it. The recipe though took a while to prepare for itself. < a href="">visit

  4. Tisa says:

    I'm trying it now, hope it's good 😀 Thank you for your recipe.

  5. dorian says:

    Chicken is always good! You can serve it anytime, to anyone. Thanks for the new idea!

  6. Britt says:

    Is this your recipe or is it a recipe you found online since the recipe you posted here is similar to Ron Douglas' and Todd Wilbur's recipes or did you modified their recipes and this is your attempt at cloning KFC Original Recipe fried chicken? I want to know because if it's just from someone else recipes then I don't want to try it unless you modified it, of course.

    • Christine Ha says:

      Good question. This is someone else’s recipe I tried. My own fried chicken recipe is available in my cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen, but I haven’t posted it online.

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