The cole slaw recipe that claims to be just like the genuine article from KFC worked well enough that I gave another recipe out there a look. This one for the main item on the menu-the fried chicken. [Edit: Original link was dead so this link is to different recipe.]
There are several out there, most call for Italian dressing mix as an ingredient, and several also mention Lipton brand “Cup-a-Soup” style tomato soup mix. We didn’t have either in the cupboard but Mrs J volunteered to make a store run. She returned sans the soup mix, alas-Kroger either not stocking it or stocking it out of sight. The recipe I was sorta following wanted it so I thought maybe if there was some tomato soup in with the buttermilk marinade it would work out. I gave it a shot, added a can of condensed soup to the buttermilk and put the chicken pieces and the marinade into a plastic bag. I mixed the rest of the stuff in a big bowl-included the Bisquick but missed on the tarragon and the chervil. The chicken got a couple of hours in the marinade, then I took the pieces out and rolled them in the bowl full of breading and set those out on a rack. I should have let them dry right there for a while but didn’t. I soon had the oil at 350 in a sauce pot and fried the chicken a piece at a time, just until it browned nicely, maybe 2 minutes per, and then set them out on another wire rack in a baking tray. Already the breading was falling off the chicken, letting the breading dry for about 30 minutes was one technique recommended for avoiding that. I think letting the marinade drip off the pieces for a while before dredging would help as well. (The buttermilk was a thick as the condensed soup.) These went into a 350 oven for about 45 minutes.
A quick note on the mashed potatoes: added sliced garlic, romano, parmesan, riccota, parsley flakes, butter, and buttermilk. They were really good, as was the gravy-made the roux from the breading mix and used buttermilk as well as regular milk. There may have been a touch of the tomato soup in the roux.