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Homemade KFC Original Recipe Chicken



KFC’s Original Recipe Chicken is known for its secret blend of herbs and spices that make it finger-lickin’ good. While the exact recipe is a closely guarded secret, we’ve got a delicious homemade version that captures the essence of that iconic KFC flavor. Get ready to enjoy your very own crispy and flavorful chicken at home.

Kitchen Tips

  • Marinating: To infuse the chicken with even more flavor, consider marinating the chicken pieces in buttermilk for a few hours before coating and frying.
  • Oil Temperature: Use a thermometer to ensure that the oil is at the right temperature (around 350-375°F or 175-190°C) for frying. This helps achieve that perfect KFC-like crispy texture.
  • Variations: Feel free to adjust the seasoning to match your taste preferences. You can make it spicier by adding a bit more cayenne pepper or chili powder.


Q: Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

A: Absolutely, you can use boneless chicken pieces if you prefer. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless pieces tend to cook faster.

Q: How can I make this recipe even crispier?

A: For an extra crispy crust, you can double-coat the chicken. Dip it in the beaten eggs, then the seasoned flour, then back in the eggs, and finally in the flour again before frying.

Q: What’s the best oil to use for frying?

A: Vegetable oil or canola oil are commonly used for frying chicken. They have a high smoke point and neutral flavor.


Now you have the inside scoop on creating KFC’s famous Original Recipe Chicken in your own kitchen. With a blend of secret herbs and spices, this homemade version comes incredibly close to the real deal. Serve it up with your favorite sides, and enjoy the nostalgic taste of KFC in the comfort of your home. Uncover more mouthwatering recipes on our blog.

Homemade KFC Original Recipe Chicken

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • For the Chicken:
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • For the Coating:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or chicken stock powder)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt


Step 1: Prepare the Coating

Sift the all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl.

Add all the seasoning ingredients, including paprika, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning (or chicken stock powder), oregano, tarragon, parsley, thyme, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt.

Grind the mixture finely using a mortar and pestle until all the spices are well blended.

Transfer this seasoned flour mixture to a clean plastic bag. This will be used to coat the chicken.

Step 2: Coat the Chicken

Begin by preparing the chicken. You can cut a whole chicken into pieces or use pre-cut pieces, whichever you prefer.

Dip each piece of chicken into the beaten eggs, ensuring it's fully coated.

Next, place the egg-coated chicken into the plastic bag with the seasoned flour mixture. Make sure to coat each piece completely with the flour mixture. Shake it in the bag to ensure an even coating.

Step 3: Fry the Chicken

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot, carefully add the coated chicken pieces.

Brown the chicken slowly and uncovered. This allows the chicken to become crispy and golden brown.

Once browned, cover the skillet and continue to fry the chicken on a very gentle heat until it's fully cooked. This gentle frying method helps keep the chicken juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

After frying, place the chicken pieces on paper towels to drain out any excess oil.

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