KFC Original Recipe Chicken

KFC Original Recipe chicken is made fresh throughout the day by a certified cook with the same secret 11 herbs and spices the Colonel perfected in 1940.

They said it couldn’t be done, but we dare say our homemade version of KFC™ Fried Chicken is better than the original recipe. We start with a flavorful combination of 11 spices you already have in the pantry. Combine them with flour and brown sugar, and you’ve got the makings for that savory KFC™ crunch you crave. After that, it doesn’t get any easier than dredging the chicken and frying it up in a pan.

The taste of its crispy skin is a dead ringer for its commercial counterpart

The texture, on the other hand, was not an identical match to KFC. Although I greatly enjoyed the extra-crunchy, thick skin of the chicken, it didn’t foster the same memories of the soft yet textured skin that come spilling out of the traditional red-and-white bucket. If I wanted to make this recipe as KFC as possible, I think my beloved paper bag method for flouring would have been more thin and even. In addition, if it had been cooked in a pressure fryer, the time would have been lessened and the texture on the outside would have been a little softer, making the thickness less noticeable.

Now, keeping in mind that my job is to be overly critical of a few pieces of chicken, the masses that wandered into my home — children from the yard, husband from repairing the roof, neighbors from doing neighbor things — everyone was a fan. Every. Last. One. This recipe is a winner! When you give it a go in your own home, make sure to make enough to feed a pack of wolves.

All hail the overabundance of white pepper and 10 other delicious seasonings, as this recipe will be around our home for a while!

KFC Original Recipe Chicken

The KFC Original Recipe is a secret mix of ingredients that fast food restaurant chain KFC uses to produce fried chicken.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces…
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 4 tablespoons oil

For the coating:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • *optional add ketchup to mix


  • 1. Sift together all the coating ingredients and place in a clean plastic bag. Coat each chicken piece first with the beaten egg, then with the flour mixture in the bag. Make sure you coat each piece completely with the flour.
  • 2. Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the chicken in oil slowly, uncovered. Once
    browned, cover the skillet and keeping frying on a very gentle heat until the chicken is fully cooked. Place on paper towels to drain out the excess oil.
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