Cooking up the magic: famous fried chicken recipe from the musical magazine Hoop-Dee-Doo

When I think of comfort food, fried chicken comes to mind right away! Learning to do it myself when I set up my first kitchen seemed like a daunting task at first, but after a few calls to my mom for advice (and reassurance), I made my first batch of fried chicken. on my own. Now it’s something I look forward to doing for my family and friends.

Since I’m new to the Disney Parks blog, I’d like to describe what I do as a recipe tester. My role is to adapt and reformat recipes for the home cook. Our chefs develop and write recipes that feed large numbers of people in restaurants. They have access to equipment that the average home cook does not have. More importantly, they have incredibly talented teams working in the kitchen with them. I make smaller versions of these recipes in my home kitchen using my own equipment. While I have to do them without a team, there are avid tasters in my house who seem to disappear when it’s time to do the dishes. I want to make sure the home cook can enjoy the flavors of Disney in their kitchen. This is my dream job and I’m so excited to cook up the magic with you!

Now back to the fried chicken!

The talented culinary team at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue were kind enough to share their fried chicken recipe. This popular dinner show reopened last month, bringing back some favorite menu items, including fried chicken. “Our team was so excited to get back in the kitchen and cook up our beloved fried chicken again,” said Julie Hrywnak, chef at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. “They really bring the culinary magic to the whole experience and appreciate the smiles from the guests and the energy in the room when the fried chicken is brought to the tables during the show.”

Over 800 pounds of fried chicken are prepared by the cast each night for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show and the food and beverage entertainment teams work together to entertain and feed our guests.

Famous Fried Chicken from Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

How do they make sure to get the star out of the meal at the right time? Of course they listen to his signal! In fact, the music for the show comes through the kitchen speaker so the actors know the exact time of the show to prepare the food and send it to our hungry guests. “Our actors love to sing along with 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!”

As a recipe tester, I really appreciate the tips from the Disney chefs. Chef Julie shared her top tips for making fried chicken:

  • Don’t over bread the chicken, all it needs is a really good coating
  • Make sure your oil is between 325 and 350 degrees for crispy chicken
  • Have fun with it! Fried chicken is a comfort food and should be enjoyed!

Here’s our recipe to help you celebrate! Call up a few friends or family members and offer them some of that delicious fried chicken – if they bring a few side dishes to share.

Famous Fried Chicken from Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
For 4 people


  • 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 the cut chicken.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.


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

Always be careful when handling sharp objects and hot contents.
Please supervise children helping or near them.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in restaurant kitchens.
Flavor profile may vary from restaurant version.

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Make sure you download the recipe here!

by Katie Wilson, PR Coordinator/Disney Recipe Tester

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