Sunday, April 21, 2024
HomeFoodHenry's Crispy Fried Hen Burger

Henry’s Crispy Fried Hen Burger


KFC, eat your coronary heart out! Our Fried Hen Burger is approach crispier than yours, the hen is approach juicier and it tastes approach higher. The trick is to combine a little bit of marinade into the flour coating – this creates lumps that fries up into an superior extremely crunchy crust. 

Double stack of Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers

Henry’s Extremely Crispy Fried Hen Burger

Right this moment’s recipe is right here courtesy of a younger boy named Henry whom I met at a e-book signing within the NSW regional city of Mudgee. Huddled on the sofa of a comfy native e-book retailer, he declared his signature dish to be the RecipeTin Fried Hen. We enthused over how remarkably un-greasy it’s and marvelled at the way it’s crunchy throughout, not like KFC which we eeewed about how the pores and skin has greasy soggy patches.

Dialog then moved into how we’d use the Fried Hen to make the BEST fried hen burger on the planet. (Sure, we capitalise it!). We each agreed plain shredded lettuce was higher than coleslaw (too wealthy!), melted cheese was pointless (an excessive amount of!), tomato was non-obligatory. and the bun should be tremendous tender.

So right here it’s. Devoted to Henry and the city of Mudgee – I current to you, our absolute best Extremely Crispy Fried Hen Burger!

Making Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers

Please observe the nubbly, crunchy, craggy floor on the fried hen!! 🙌🏻

Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers cut open to show juicy chicken inside


Right here’s what you want for home made Crispy Hen Burgers.

Hen brine retains it juicy!

I exploit breast as a result of it’s simpler to get a pleasant uniform form appropriate for burgers. It’s marinated in a buttermilk and salt combination which locks in juices. Important as a result of breast will cook dinner past the best inner temperature within the cook dinner time required to make the crust actually crispy and golden.

Don’t fear in the event you don’t have buttermilk, substitute yogurt and milk as a substitute. It really works nearly the identical!

How to make Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  • Hen breast is my desire for a comparatively uniform form when trimmed to measurement. Nevertheless, boneless hen thighs work as nicely. Whichever you employ, it’s finest to pound to even thickness so it cooks via evenly and sits fairly straight on the burger.

  • Buttermilk – Recognized for its marinating qualities so the hen is de facto juicy inside as soon as cooked. It’s the normal marinating ingredient used for Southern Fried Hen which is the fried hen recipe used for this burger.

    Whereas it’s a standard ingredient within the States, it’s extra of a speciality baking merchandise right here in Australia. However there’s an simple substitute that works nearly the identical – simply plain yogurt and milk! The acidity and thickness of yogurt diluted with milk ends in nearly the identical consistency as buttermilk, and yogurt is great for marinating (proof right here!).

  • Salt – For seasoning and enhance the hen’s juiciness.

  • Egg – To make the flour crust persist with the hen.

KFC 11 secret herbs and spices!

The flavour of the fried hen is a copycat of KFC fried hen. Flavour smart, it’s very comparable!

Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  • Herbs and spices – No uncommon gamers right here, simply all of the typical suspects! Alter the cayenne pepper for the quantity of spiciness you need. Merely omit in the event you don’t need spicy in any respect!

  • Cornflour/cornstarch and flour – For the coating of the hen to make it fry up extremely crunchy! Cornflour makes it crunchier than simply utilizing flour. So why not simply use all cornflour? As a result of it doesn’t go golden when fried, it stays white. Then again, flour coated issues fry up into a stupendous golden color! So by utilizing a mix of the 2, we get the very best of each worlds – crunchy and golden color.

Burger fixings

Don’t let anybody let you know what you must or shouldn’t have in your burger. Although, if you’d like a copycat better-than-KFC-Burger expertise, right here’s what you want!

How to make Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  • Mushy buns – I exploit brioche buns as a result of they’re so tender and pillowy, and somewhat bit candy like KFC buns. Nevertheless, you should utilize any buns you need. (I’d personally keep away from extremely chewy / crispy ones although. A bit too powerful to be used in burgers).

  • Gherkins/pickles – Simply your on a regular basis dill pickles, or no matter takes your fancy. Just a bit one thing to chop via the richness and saltiness of every part else happening contained in the burger!

  • Lettuce – Good ole’ iceberg lettuce! Good and recent, finely slicing it offers it some first rate peak and a beautiful mattress for the crunchy hen to relaxation on. 🙂

  • Garlic mayonnaise – KFC doesn’t use garlic mayo, however you and I do know {that a} contact of garlic simply makes mayo higher. Turns it into aioli, truly! 🙂

Making Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers

Learn how to make Crunchy Fried Hen Burgers

It’s simpler than conventional Fried Hen which is made with bone-in hen that take longer to fry (~6 to eight minutes) so that you must be fairly correct with temperature management.

Hen Burgers, however, are thinner, boneless items and take simply 3 to 4 minutes to fry. And due to the form, you don’t want practically as a lot oil.

How to make Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  1. Pound the hen to 1cm / 0.4″ even thickness. Use freezer baggage, ziplock baggage or comparable (I exploit a purpose-made product known as “Go-Between”) and a meat mallet, or rolling pin. Pounding is advisable so the hen cooks via evenly and sits somewhat straighter on the burger. However in the event you skipped this step, it wouldn’t be a deal breaker. 🙂

  2. Trim the hen to the scale of the buns, or bigger, if you’d like! It can shrink a contact when it cooks however the crunchy nubbly bits add measurement.

How to make Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  1. Marinade – Combine the buttermilk, salt and egg. Then add the hen and toss to coat. Marinate for not less than 3 hours, or as much as 24 hours. Don’t go a lot past 24 hours, it truly over marinades and makes the feel of the hen an excessive amount of just like the chilly minimize hen slices you purchase on the deli. Nonetheless good, nevertheless it does change the hen texture.

  2. Crunchy coating – Combine collectively the flour, cornflour/cornstarch and all of the spices.

PS There isn’t a spice combine within the marinade as a result of there’s a ton within the coating which is the place you need a punch of flavour. If it was within the marinade too, then the entire hen simply tastes the identical right through. The distinction between hen flavour inside and intense coating is nicer. KFC tastes like ours ie you’ll be able to’t style the seasoning contained in the hen, simply on the coating.

  1. Marinade flour clumps – That is the trick to the extremely crunchy hen! Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the marinade into the flour combination then use your fingers to combine it in. The flour will kind little clumps.

    When this sticks to the hen, it fries up into extremely crunchy nubbly bits. That is what makes this hen so crunchy! See my Fried Hen recipe for musings and ravings about this methodology. Thanks Kenji!

  2. Coat the hen within the flour combination simply previous to frying. Don’t do that upfront and go away it mendacity round, the hen will sweat and make the flour soggy.

  1. Look in any respect these clumps! Categorical go to crunchy city!

  2. Fry in oil for 4 minutes or till golden and crunchy, then drain on paper towels.

    Cooking vessel & oil quantity – You’ll need 2.5cm / 1″ of oil in no matter cooking vessel you employ, so the hen is elevated off the bottom and can fry evenly all the best way round. A heavy based mostly pot like a dutch oven is right for security, even distribution of warmth and likewise as a result of it retains warmth nicely.

    Oil temp – The oil temperature needs to be 180C/350F. For those who don’t have a thermometer (I exploit a Thermapen) then check by throwing in a small dice of bread. At 180C/350F it ought to flip golden in 15 seconds. OR stick a bamboo chopstick in and contact the bottom of the pot – if bubbles instantly rise from ground of pot, oil is sizzling sufficient.

    Preserving cooked items heat – As a result of the skinny items of hen cook dinner in simply 4 minutes, you gained’t want an oven to maintain the cooked items heat. Batch 1 will nonetheless be sizzling once you end batch 2. Nevertheless if you’re scaling up, maintain cooked hen heat in a 50C/125F pre-heated oven on a rack set over a tray (so the underside doesn’t go soggy).

    ⚠️ Don’t contact the hen for the primary 90 seconds, to present the crust an opportunity to stick.

Assembling the hen burgers

How to make Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers
  1. Garlic mayo – Combine the mayonnaise with grated garlic. Do that not less than quarter-hour forward to present the flavours an opportunity to meld.

  2. Unfold the mayo on the lid and base of evenly toasted buns. You’ll be able to toast within the oven, below a grill or simply put the minimize face down in a pan on the range.

  3. Assemble – Pile lettuce on the bottom, prime with tomato if utilizing, then hen, gherkins then the lid.

  4. Consuming time! Sink your tooth into the burgers whereas sizzling and crunchy!

Freshly made Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers

Like to know what you assume in the event you do that! Hand on coronary heart, this actually is way superior to KFC burgers. I’m not one to shrink back from going public with Shameful Meals I really like (oh, I’ve been busted doing midnight kebab runs a number of instances!). However KFC burgers is one factor you’ll by no means catch me consuming!! – Nagi x

PS For those who make a aspect of home made fries to serve with these burgers, I’ll be impressed. And in the event you do a full-blown home made KFC unfold by including Coleslaw plus Potato and Gravy, I’ll be critically impressed!

Full your Home made KFC unfold!


Watch tips on how to make it

Hungry for extra? Subscribe to my e-newsletter and observe alongside on Fb, Pinterest and Instagram for the entire newest updates.

Double stack of Crunchy Fried Chicken Burgers

Extremely Crunchy Fried Hen Burger


Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. KFC, eat your coronary heart out! Our Fried Hen Burger is approach crunchier than yours, the hen is approach juicier and it tastes approach higher! The trick is to combine a little bit of marinade into the flour coating – this creates lumps that fries up into an superior extremely crunchy crust. See my Fried Hen recipe for ravings and musings about this methodology. (Thanks Kenji!)


  • Shortform recipe:

  • Pound hen to 1cm / 0.4″ thickness, trim, marinade 3 – 24 hrs. Combine coating and seasoning, combine in 2 tbsp marinade. Coat hen, fry at 180°C/350°F for 4 min (do not contact for first 90 sec). Assemble!

  • Full directions:

  • Hen – Cowl the hen with a freezer bag or plastic sheet and pound to 1cm / 0.4″ even thickness. Trim to only a contact bigger than the scale of your bun. Save off-cuts for one more use (stir fry – or Dozer, in my case!).

  • Marinade – Whisk Marinade components in a bowl. Add hen, toss. Marinate within the fridge for 3 hours minimal, to in a single day (do not transcend 24 hrs).

  • Garlic mayo – Combine in a small bowl and refrigerate till required.

  • Put together crunchy coating – Combine flour, cornflour and Seasoning components in a bowl. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons of the marinade, then use fingers to combine via to kind lumps – when this sticks to the hen, it fries up into superior crunchy bits!!

  • Warmth oil in a big heavy based mostly pot over medium excessive warmth to 180°C/350°F (Be aware 2).

  • Coat hen – Decide up a bit of hen and permit extra marinade to drip off. Press to coat in flour coating. Shake off extra, then fry for two minutes on all sides till golden. DO NOT TOUCH for the primary 90 seconds to permit the coating to stick. I fry 2 at a time. Drain on paper towels, cook dinner remaining hen.

  • Assemble – Smear garlic mayo on the highest and backside of the buns. Pile lettuce on the bottom, prime with tomato if utilizing. Then hen, gherkins and put the lid on. Sink your tooth into it instantly and revel in!

Recipe Notes:

1. Buttermilk is the normal marinating ingredient for Southern Fried Hen. Discover it in close to milk in giant grocery shops. Sub with 1/2 cup yogurt + 1/4 cup milk, it really works practically as nicely (yogurt is a wonderful marinading ingredient). Subsequent finest sub: stir 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar into milk, go away 10 minutes. Will curdle. Use per recipe.
2. Frying vessel – I really feel protected utilizing a heavy forged iron pot. For many oil effectivity, use a wok – form means you’ll use about 30% much less oil with identical floor space for frying. If in case you have a deep fryer, I salute you!
Oil temperature – use a thermometer. For those who don’t have one, check by throwing in a small dice of bread, at 180C/350F it ought to flip golden in 15 seconds. OR stick a bamboo chopstick in and contact the bottom of the pot – if bubbles instantly rise from ground of pot, oil is sizzling sufficient.
3. Re-using oil – The oil will get somewhat too soiled with fried hen, due to the heavy seasoning within the coating. You possibly can re-use it as soon as extra for one more batch of this recipe, however I wouldn’t use it for one more recipe.
4. Leftover cooked hen will maintain for 3 days however, nicely, . Soggy. 🙁
Diet per burger. Estimate assuming 1 tablespoon of the oil is absorbed into the hen coating and takes under consideration residual flour and marinade that’s discarded.

Diet Info:

Energy: 730cal (37%)Carbohydrates: 43g (14%)Protein: 31g (62%)Fats: 48g (74%)Saturated Fats: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 22gMonounsaturated Fats: 17gTrans Fats: 0.1gLdl cholesterol: 121mg (40%)Sodium: 1615mg (70%)Potassium: 717mg (20%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 982IU (20%)Vitamin C: 12mg (15%)Calcium: 120mg (12%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

Lifetime of Dozer

Clarification of his forlorn look: He’s not allowed within the kitchen once I deep fry. So he slunk off outdoors for a nap. By the point he awakened and waddled again inside, the burgers have been lengthy gone and I used to be roasting greens. Clarification full.




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments