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KFC Inspired Fried Chicken

Updated September 08, 2014
(25 Votes)


KFC Inspired Fried Chicken

Watch out, Colonel, because this KFC Inspired Fried Chicken is just is good as your crispy chicken recipe (at least, we think so). Made with not-so-secret herbs and seasonings, this fried chicken recipe will leave you coming back for more...and enjoying bite after bite. It may not be the original KFC fried chicken, but it sure is tasty. And it's something you can make on your own. If you want to have some more fun, buy a bucket of KFC chicken and have your family do a taste test.

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds of chicken (legs, thighs, breast - whatever preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, oregano, thyme, each
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup or 2 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix all spice ingredients together with the flour and cornstarch, set aside in large bowl. Beat eggs into water in separate bowl.
  3. Place chicken pieces in an egg mixture just long enough to get saturated (add more water if necessary). Drain, then coat each piece in the flour mixture.
  4. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown. Finish off the chicken by baking it for about 1 hour, or until juices run clear.

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Bought all the spices, spent an hour or so preparing and...nothin! Not a ghost of KFC taste! I would try doubling the spices (but not the flour!) or find another recipe.

I'm super excited to try this out!

Not even close to KFC, which I love. There is no heat in KFC at all. But, I will say the recipe posted works, but I'm not a fan.

what type of oil do most like in their fryers? peanut? vegetable? Other?

I watched Todd Wilbur (sp) on tv making this and he said the secret to this recipe is tellicherry pepper.

tastes nothing like it. google kfc vials by derrickwilson

Just saying......I worked for KFC....there isn't any "hot" spices in the 14 herbs. Nope, don't know the recipe...but spicy chicken is Popeye's. BUT! From what I've been told, Penzkeys "FINES" herb is extremely close. Mostly everything had a LOT of black pepper in it. Gravy, chicken and coleslaw.

I would definitely try this one ... no MSG - thanks for sharing!

i have made this chicken 5 or 6 times my family and i love it. you may also like cuting boneless chicken breast into 3/4 to 1 inch thick strips use the coating and fry best chicken fingers you ever had david

I'll be waiting to make this soon.

Instead of that flour misture, try Kentucky Kernal seasoned flour. They sell it at Walmart and it tastes just like KFC.

Thanks for the tip! I will look for it the next time Im at Wal-Mart!

Where in Walmart did you find it?

Be careful of products that contain Monosodium glutamate (MSG), also known as sodium glutamate, I am personally very sensitive to it and Numbness, in the face, neck and other areas ... it is a neuro-toxin.

I'm putting these ingredients aside in a jar to make when needed. Sounds very good to make. I love Kentucky fried chicken, so now i've got my own version. Even if it's not the same as theirs................sounds good!

I just made this receipe, DELICOUS.

I think the recipe should say 1 to 2 cups of water. (Read the instructions) Also, with the list of ingredients there is no way this will taste like KFC!

This recipe is very similar to the one I use...try adding an envelop of Taco mix ( I use the low sodium variety) to the dry ingredients...then continue on with this recipe and bake the chicken....I have used this with chicken wings...awesome....and so moist too....give it a try and enjoy....

I think that this is good becuase I love Kentucky

i tried this one...not even close to KFC flavor!

@eileensmith 7877491, ehansencrna 2480032, Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We've updated the recipe. We apologize for any inconvenience, --editors of RecipeLion

Alright i am confused.... 1/2 CUP of salt and 1/4 CUP of pepper? Isn't that a bit much? And I see someone commented about the 2 CUPS of water, but it still wasn't corrected. Is it possible to get the correct amounts? The recipe sounds great, but I'm just a little confused? Thank you in advance for your response!

is this correct, two beaten eggs in two (CUPS???) of water?? also, how long do you soak the chicken in this mixture???

mikki60, Thanks for your comment. We someone how missed that, but the recipe has been updated with the amount of chicken recommended. Thanks! Editor,



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