KFC Inspired Fried Chicken


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.


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  • 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


  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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It is a public holiday today here in South Africa and I am in the mood for cooking. I have the time and I don't want to go anywhere. I decided to go with what I have in the house but the only thing I have is chicken. I didn't know what to do with it. I have found my idea! I'm going to make this KFC inspired chicken. I don't have all of the herbs but I will make it work with what I have and the spices too. Picture coming soon!!

Of all the fast food chicken joints, I would have to say that KFC is still my favorite. Out of all knock off recipes for any food, I have yet to find a recipe to the extra crispy version of KFC's chicken. I am not much of an original chef and if anyone has a recipe, would like it posted.

I used chicken thighs, deboned and cut into bite sized pieces. We served them as a snack at a gathering we hosted last week and they were a super tasty appetizer. It was also great that they were briefly fried and then put in the oven because that meant I could then get on with other preparations.

Of all the fast food fried chicken places, KFC is my favorite. I have prepared a few chicken recipes that claim to be "knock-offs" of the Colonel's. I have yet to find one that I consider a close second place. I suppose I'll have to give this one a try, it's only fair.

Tasty! I like all of the seasonings in there. Sounds like it'll give it a really good flavor.

I think adding some breadcrumbs to the flour mixture would make the chicken crunchier in the end. In the Caribbean, it's a common practice to rinse any type of meat or fish in lemon or lime juice before adding seasonings and cooking. Vinegar could be used in place of lime/lemon juice too.

I tried this recipe last night and it was good. It was not as crispy like I like it to be. I used chicken legs that were over two pounds, so I think I should have added extra seasoning. The flavor was good, but still needed something. My family loved it, especially my son. He is not a fan of fried foods. He said this was the best chicken I ever made.

I will definitely try this. It looks delicious. I have a tendency to over cook my fried chicken. My family loves fried chicken and especially with some heat added to it. I do not have a deep fryer. Can I just put oil in a pot or fry it in a skillet?

I didn't put the chicken in a deep fryer. I cooked it in a pot and it came out fine. I turned it once during cooking and it took about 15 minutes. I agree with adding a little heat and we did decide next time we made it to add something spicy. What would that be? Maybe cayenne pepper. Any suggestions?

I made this chicken last night. It was delissshhh. I did one slight variation though to save electricity. Something we have to be constantly aware of in South Africa now-a-days. I did not want to use the oven for an hour so I par boiled the chicken beforehand to ensure it was properly cooked through and let it cool. I then fried it in hot oil until crisped up.

Seems like putting the food in the oven is the secret to a good-tasting food. This KFC Inspired Fried Chicken is just simply deep-fried chicken that we do at home but the difference is that this recipe is placed in the oven after it has been deep-fried. But there's always a certain flavor to KFC chicken that leaves a lasting after taste in the mouth.

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. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/monosodium-glutamate/AN01251

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, RecipeLion.com



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