If I’m ever to be associated with a recipe, this is it. It’s something I came up with one night playing mix-and-match with the contents of my fridge. I had leftover KFC fried chicken from a party I hosted, and made a chicken salad out of it. It was junky, ridiculous, over-the-top, and damn delicious.
Then, in an issue of the late Lucky Peach, I mentioned this concoction as a throwaway line. Immediately after it was published, I began hearing about it from friends. Someone wrote about it on their blog. I was invited on TV to make the dish. It took on a life of its own.
A few thoughts. It must be KFC Original Recipe chicken. I’m not saying it wouldn’t work with Popeye’s, but something about the interaction of the 11 herbs & spices with the Kewpie mayonnaise. And on that subject, it’s Kewpie or nothing. Never the twain shall meet. This will not work with Hellman’s or Kraft or any American-style mayo.
This is my legacy, folks. Not for my charity, my community service, my professional work, my attempts at being a good father and husband. This fucking chicken salad made from leftover cold KFC. I couldn’t be prouder.
Kevin’s KFC Umami Bomb Fried Chicken Salad
- Leftover KFC Original Recipe chicken, chopped
- Scallions, chopped
- Granny Smith apple, diced
- A few generous squigs of Kewpie mayonnaise
- A One-Mississippi-Two of Sriracha
- A healthy squeeze of lime juice