Foreign Cinema's Fried Chicken

Foreign Cinema's Fried Chicken
Staff Writer

Foreign Cinema

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, Foreign Cinema spices up their fried chicken recipe with Madras curry powder and red chile flakes. The addition to sesame seeds in the breading gives the chicken an extra crunch. At the restaurant, the chef covers and refrigerates the chicken overnight for maximum flavor punch.


Combine 3 tablespoons of the curry powder with the garlic powder, granulated sugar, and red chile flakes and set aside.

To season the chicken, liberally salt the chicken pieces, then lightly rub the curry mix over the chicken pieces. In a large bowl, combine the flour with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of the curry powder, the pepper, and the sesame seeds and mix. Set aside.

Preheat the oil in a cast-iron skillet to 300 degrees. 

In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk with 1 teaspoon of salt. While the oil is gently warming, dip the curried chicken pieces into the buttermilk, and then press down into the flour mix, covering each piece thoroughly with flour and then place them to rest on a plate. Repeat this step until all the chicken is breaded.

When the oil is hot, place chicken pieces skin side down gently into skillet, making sure you do not overcrowd the pan.

Cook chicken on one side until golden brown, about 7 -8 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over gently and finish cooking until done, about 5 to 7 more minutes. Continue this until all the chicken is cooked. You may add more oil if needed. Be sure the oil temperature is hot (300 degrees) each time so that the chicken cooks evenly.

Place the fried chicken on a rack on a sheet pan. Place in a warm 200 degree oven until ready to serve. 


Calories per serving:

1,894 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 148g 228%
  • Carbs 62g 21%
  • Saturated 25g 125%
  • Fiber 5g 22%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 38g
  • Polyunsaturated 76g
  • Protein 78g 156%
  • Cholesterol 262mg 87%
  • Sodium 2,337mg 97%
  • Calcium 358mg 36%
  • Magnesium 141mg 35%
  • Potassium 1,098mg 31%
  • Iron 8mg 45%
  • Zinc 6mg 43%
  • Phosphorus 797mg 114%
  • Vitamin A 167µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 12%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 55%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 61%
  • Niacin (B3) 27mg 137%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 68%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 154µg 38%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 29mg 144%
  • Vitamin K 12µg 15%
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