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Check out how to make some of the best Disney fried chicken from home

Check out how to make some of the best Disney fried chicken from home
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Do you love southern fried chicken, but aren’t sure how to make it? Now, Disney shares an awesome step-by-step recipe to do just that.


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The talented culinary team at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue just shared their fried chicken recipe. This popular dinner show reopened last month with changes. It bringing back some favorite menu items, including fried chicken. Check out pricing and showtimes for this fun show HERE.

“Our team was so excited to get back in the kitchen and whip up our beloved fried chicken once again,” Julie Hrywnak, chef at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, said. “They really bring the culinary magic to the whole experience and enjoy the guests’ smiles and the energy in the room when the fried chicken is presented to the tables during the show.”   

Making Chicken for the Show

Credit: Susan, Trail’s End skillet with fried chicken

Over 800 pounds of fried chicken is prepared each night for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show. That’s a lot of chicken! Teams from entertainment to food and beverage work together to keep our guests entertained and fed.

Not only that, but Hoop-Dee-Doo shares the same kitchen as Trail’s End restaurant. And, you can ask for this same fried chicken there. Check out my review HERE to see why Trail’s End is the best dining value on Disney property.


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How do they make sure they bring out the star of the meal at exactly the right time? They listen for its cue of course! In fact, the music of the show runs through the kitchen speaker so the cast knows the exact timing in the show to plate the food and send it out to our hungry guests.

Our cast love to sing along to the show as they prepare the country feast,” chef Julie said. “And the fried chicken is definitely a guest favorite that keeps them coming back for more!

Recipe Tips

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  • Don’t over-bread the chicken, all it needs is one really good coat
  • Make sure your oil is between 325-350 degrees to get the chicken nice and crispy
  • Have fun with it! Fried chicken is a comfort food and is meant to be enjoyed!

Famous Fried Chicken from Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Serves 4


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 medium chicken, cut into 2 legs, 2 breasts, 2 thighs, and 2 wings


  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Reserved brined chicken
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper


  1. Combine cold water, garlic powder, and coarse salt in a large glass bowl. Add cut up chicken.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.


  1. With caution, heat 3 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches 350°F.
  2. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry.
  3. Whisk flour, cornstarch, salt, paprika, onion powder, and white pepper in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, making sure to fully coat each piece.
  4. Carefully place chicken in hot oil, working in batches if necessary. Cook chicken, turning once, 13-14 minutes for breasts, 9-10 minutes for thighs, 7-8 minutes for legs and wings, until all meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Carefully remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

Always use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents.

To view a downloadable pdf version of this recipe, read HERE. Note that this recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens.

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