This fakeaway is our tribute to Colonel Sanders and his late wife Claudia who left a note with her will letting the cat out of the bag on his secret recipe. Thank you Claudia….

We subscribe to the less and better approach to meat, with a largely plant based diet helping us to reduce our planet warming emissions, and the occasional bit of better meat as a treat. Lucky for us we think this blend of spices works just as well with a plant based alternatives to chicken such as tempeh or firm tofu.

Ingredients (enough seasoning for 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs)

Spice blend

  • 250 grams of flour (white plain or self raising are best for this recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried thyme 
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried basil 
  • 4 tablespoons of paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano 
  • 1 tablespoon of celery salt 
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper 
  • 1 tablelspoon of mustard powder 
  • 3 tablepoons of white pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger 

To use

  • This recipe is enough to coat 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs or for a plant based alternative use to coat 800 grams of tofu or tempeh strips). You can of course keep the blend in a clean dry jar ready for next time.
  • Enough oil for deep frying


  1. Mix all of the herbs, spices and flour together.
  2. If using chicken: Dip each of the chicken pieces in a bowl of cold water and dredge in the flour and spice mixture.
  3. If using firm tofu or tempeh, dredge in the flour and spice blend.
  4. When ready to cook, place a large, wide, heavy-based pan (at least 13 centimetres deep) over a medium-high heat, fill with oil (at least 5 centimetres deep) and warm until it reaches 180 celsius.
  5. Leave the pieces to sit in the dredge for 10-15 minutes while the oil heats up. This will help the coating stick to the chicken better.
  6. Prepare a drip tray with kitchen roll ready in a baking tray.
  7. If using chicken: fry for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until nicely golden brown, crispy and cooked through.
  8. If using tofu or tempeh: fry for 2 to 3 minutes on either side, until nicely golden brown and crispy.
  9. Drain off excess fat on kitchen paper before serving. 

To serve

Serve up with delicious mash or fries and gravy.

Food savvy tip

If you are aiming to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, then check out our guide to how to get more plant protein in your diet which includes loads of delicious recipes. Then check out our 'good meat guide' for when you fancy a meaty treat. 

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