How To Make KFC Chicken

If you’re a fan of fast food fried chicken, then you’ve probably tried KFC’s famous recipe. With its crispy coating and juicy meat, it’s hard not to love. But did you know that you can make KFC-style chicken at home? That’s right, with a few simple ingredients and a little bit of know-how, you can recreate the taste of KFC chicken in your own kitchen.

To start, you’ll need some chicken pieces – you can use a whole chicken cut into pieces, or just your favorite cuts like thighs, wings, or drumsticks. You’ll also need some flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder for the coating, and some buttermilk to marinate the chicken.

To make the marinade, mix the buttermilk with some salt and pepper in a large bowl, and add the chicken pieces. Make sure the chicken is fully coated in the marinade, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight for best results.

Next, it’s time to make the coating. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can adjust the seasoning to your taste – if you like your chicken spicy, add more paprika or cayenne pepper.

Once the chicken has marinated, remove it from the bowl and let any excess buttermilk drip off. Then, coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, making sure they are fully coated. You can do this by placing the flour mixture in a large plastic bag, adding the chicken pieces, and shaking the bag to coat the chicken evenly.

Heat up some oil in a large, deep frying pan or a deep fryer to around 350°F. Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the chicken for around 10-15 minutes, until the coating is golden brown and crispy, and the chicken is cooked through. You can check the chicken’s internal temperature with a meat thermometer – it should read 165°F.

Once the chicken is done, remove it from the oil with a slotted spoon or tongs, and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess oil. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce and sides, and enjoy your homemade KFC-style chicken!

Here are the steps to make KFC-style fried chicken at home:


  • 2 lbs. chicken pieces (with skin)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. Mix together the flour, paprika, salt, oregano, basil, marjoram, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour buttermilk over them. Mix until all the chicken pieces are coated.
  3. Take out each chicken piece from the buttermilk and coat it in the flour mixture. Make sure each piece is well-coated.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep fryer to 350°F.
  5. Carefully place the chicken pieces in the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet or fryer. Fry the chicken for about 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and fully cooked.
  6. Once done, remove the chicken pieces from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  7. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce and sides like fries or coleslaw.

Enjoy your homemade KFC-style fried chicken!

Making KFC-style chicken at home is a fun and tasty way to recreate one of the most popular fast food dishes in the world. With a little bit of effort and some basic ingredients, you can enjoy crispy, juicy fried chicken anytime you want – and impress your friends and family with your cooking skills!

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