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Copycat KFC™ Original-Style Chicken

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Copycat KFC™ Original-Style Chicken
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4
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Copycat KFC™ Original-Style Chicken

A homemade version of KFC’s™ 11 original-style fried chicken.

Ingredients

1
whole chicken (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings)
2
quarts neutral oil, for frying
1
egg white
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon brown sugar
1
tablespoon kosher salt

SPICE MIX:

1
tablespoon paprika
2
teaspoons onion salt
1
teaspoon chili powder
1
teaspoon black pepper
1/2
teaspoon celery salt
1/2
teaspoon dried sage
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/2
teaspoon ground allspice
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano
1/2
teaspoon dried basil
1/2
teaspoon dried marjoram

Directions

  • 1 Preheat fryer to 350º F. Mix together spice mix well.
  • 2 Combine spice mix with flour, brown sugar and salt.
  • 3 Dip chicken pieces in egg white to lightly coat them, then transfer to flour mixture. Turn a few times and make sure the flour mix is really stuck to the chicken. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.
  • 4 Let chicken pieces rest for 5 minutes so crust has a chance to dry a bit.
  • 5 Fry chicken in batches. Breasts and wings should take 12-14 minutes and legs and thighs will need a few more minutes. I always recommend testing the chicken with a meat thermometer (it should reach 165º F in the thickest part of the chicken).
  • 6 Let chicken drain on a few paper towels when it comes out of the fryer.
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A homemade version of KFC’s original-style fried chicken!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Okay. Let’s get this right out of the way: Nobody knows the exact spice mix used in classic KFC™ fried chicken. This version is pretty close though, and it uses herbs and spices that you probably mostly have on hand. If you have a fairly stocked pantry, you might need to pick up only one or two spices to make this.

And yes, this looks like a lot of spices for one batch of fried chicken, but remember that it’ll be mixed with flour so the spices will lose some of their kick.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

Look at all those spices!

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

Mix the spices together and then stir it into the flour with some salt and sugar. The sugar is actually really important. It adds just a tiny bit of sweetness to the chicken. Leave it out at your own peril!

KFC™ chicken isn’t overly breaded. Many fried chicken recipes will ask you to double bread the chicken. I like that method, but the classic restaurant version has a thinner crust.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

So, I like to beat an egg white, dip each piece of chicken in the egg white, and then add it to the flour mix. The egg white gives the flour mixture something to stick to without being too thick. It’s perfect.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

After each piece of chicken is well-coated, let them rest for a few minutes so the crusts can dry out. This is the difference between having fried chicken with a great crust and one where all of the crust falls off in the fryer!

When you’re ready to fry, cook the chicken in batches in 350ºF oil. Breasts and wings cook faster than legs and thighs. The white meat (breast/wings) will take 12-14 minutes (depending on thickness) and thighs and legs will take a few minutes longer.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

As always though, those are very rough guidelines. I’ve fried breasts that needed 18 minutes to cook through because of how thick they were. So the best thing to do (as always) is use a meat thermometer and make sure the chicken hits an internal temperature of 165ºF.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

Let the fried chicken drain on a few paper towels when it comes out of the fryer and then chow down while it’s still hot.

 

copycat kfc original style chicken

It’s hard to beat a really good piece of fried chicken!

Nick thinks fried chicken is the absolute best! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.

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Tips  

Double the spice mix for later and store extra in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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