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KFC Fried Chicken

No one makes fried chicken likes KFC.  They have been known for their famous recipe of 11 herbs and spices for a very long time now.  You can recreate their fried chicken at home.  This recipe used to call for Fines herbs, but most people have difficulty in obtaining them. See for the spice.  They advertising using 11 herbs and spices, we use seasoned salt to account for many of those spices.  Seasoned salt is a blend of spices and salt that adds a lot of kick to any dish.

plate of fried chicken

KFC Fried chicken is known all the world around. Yes, you can go to pick some up anytime you like at your local KFC. Maybe you live away from one and you can recreate your own with this CopyKat Recipe.

KFC Fried Chicken

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
KFC Fried Chicken

You can cook like the Colonel does.


  • 1 Broiler fryer - cut up
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon MSG (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 packages DRY Instant Chicken Broth (Do Not Use Canned)
  • 2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt
  • 1 teaspoon fines herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Flour


1. Cover chicken with mixture of water and salt. Chill in bowl for least 1 hour.

2. Combine herbs, onion powder, seasoned salt, instant chicken broth, and pepper in a blender and mix well. Place this mixture in a bowl. Add the flour to this bowl. Mix flour and seasonings well.

3. Remove chicken from water, and dip it into the flour mixture coat well. Place coated pieces on a plate for 5 minutes.

4. Melt enough shortening or salad oil to make 1 inch depth in a large skillet. Heat to 375 degrees. Fry chicken pieces turning once, every 5 minutes, be sure to cook chicken until done. Lift chicken out and drain on paper towels. You can keep the chicken warm in the oven by placing it in the oven, and serve when all pieces are finished cooking.

MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate. It is a spice, found in your grocery store. It can be sold as MSG or under the brand name "Accent". Some people are extremely allergic to MSG, over 98% of the population is not. It serves to make flavors stronger, and almost pop right out at you.

Fines herbs used to be used more frequently many years ago. Fines herbs was a poultry seasoning. Since so many people have difficultly in obtaining the herb.

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  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    I need to make this for my family! They will go crazy for this!

  • Heather

    Oh thanks for sharing – I do love some KFC style chicken!

  • Rick Wright

    I think for people who can’t find Fines herbs, or don’t like MSG or want it to be as close to the Colonels, I would read what SNUGSCAT wrote. She has first hand experience. KFC does NOT use soy sauce, and DOES use a pressure cooker. Always have. If you want the real 11 herbs and spices, see her list. Play with it to find the correct amounts.

  • Lexie Lane

    Can’t believe KFC hasn’t taken MSG off their ingredients list yet but not sure I’d want them to change things either. They are so good and am so thankful for your recipe!

  • RoseSiders

    This sounds amazing! Certainly cheaper than ordering the real thing :) I will definitely be trying this in the very near future.

  • Kristin Swenson

    And I’m drooling! Fried chicken is my very favorite comfort food!

  • Lorane Rhoden

    Nobody does it quite like KFC i tell you. I’d rather go in to have it rather than try to duplicate it

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    Seems like a lot of work! lol Looks good though!

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I will have to try out this recipe. I love KFC’s chicken!

  • Liz Mays

    What an awesome way to cook up chicken! I’m definitely going to have to try those spices.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    I would love to try this! I’m a big fan of KFC fried chicken.

  • Ashley @irishred02

    we no longer fry our chicken but oven bake it. I’m sure a lot of fried chicken fans will be all over this recipe

  • Jeanine @

    I love KFC fried chicken. I haven’t been able to eat it for a long while because of my gallbladder and boy oh boy do I miss it. This looks so good! I will have to try it!

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    I love KFC chicken. Your recipe sounds finger lickin’ good!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    OMG I needed this recipe. My son is obsessed with KFC chicken. Now I can make it at home for him for half the price.

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I would love to try to make this recipe. I love KFC chicken, we went there Sunday to eat and I’m already ready to go back. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll give it a try.

  • Katie @ Pick Any Two

    Great tip about using sea salt! I’m going to remember that for lots of dishes.

  • Heather D.

    We try to eat healthy most of the time. But once in a while I crave KFC!

  • Debbie Lamb

    We love KFC – I am showing this to my hubby. He is our chicken fryer. Accent we have – he uses that spice quite often.

  • KFC fan :)

    Do you need to use this stuff? KFC is my favorite. Do tey use all this stuff??


    Thans for sharing, your recipe was use in a challenge and it of course WON! thanks again

  • judy


    • Stephanie

      I have noted your suggestion! Thanks!

  • Ms Match

    it has not been removed from the recipe as stated. Since so many people have difficultly in obtaining the herb, it has been removed from the recipe. If you can access Fines herbs add 2 teaspoons to the flour mixture. It can be found at
    2 pkg. DRY Instant Chicken Broth (Do Not Use Canned)
    2 tsp. Seasoned Salt
    1 tsp. fines herbs
    1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
    1 C. Flou

  • RicklWright

    You say the Fines herbs has been removed from the recipe but it still says 1tsp Fines Herbs in the ingredient list. In the body of the recipe it says if you DO have Fines Herbs use 2 teaspoons. Which is it?

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  • Bcook6489

    I know for sure the Pepper used in KFC Original recipe is a variety called Tellicherry pepper most notably from India. There is also the Spice “Savory” in the mix and Sage.
    I worked for KFC many years ago but we used to Prep the Chicken in 110 Dgegree water with Salt and MSG present in that water prep bath.
    You have to use a good old pressure cooker to cook the chicken or it will not be close.
    So its a process not just the herbs and spices.

    • Bcook6489

      Sorry, Also the oil used to fry in the presasure cooker is regular old cooking oil and not Peanut oil or Canola or any other of the more exotic olis. When we changed oil in the big pressure cookers it was called simply a “Shortening Change” Nothing majical here…

      • Wasy98

        Shortening is not oil. An example of shortening is Crisco…the white stuff that looks like lard. It contains trans-fats which are not good for your cardiac health. KFC has changed to the use of canola oil to cook their chichen as of several years ago, in Canada anyway.

    • Stephanie

      You know what the problem is that these pressure cookers are very hard to find, that can fry. I have never found one that will fry, and I have looked.

  • redskin

    The difference with this, is coating with soy sauce and seasoning the chicken in a bowl first, then dusting with flour. And a lot of spices.

    Close To KFC Chicken
    2 lb. chicken pieces
    1 T. soy sauce or more to coat chicken

    1+1/2 cup of flour
    3/4 cup cornstarch

    1 t. onion powder
    1 t. sugar
    1/2 t. MSG
    1/2 t. celery salt
    1/2 t. sage
    1/2 t. garlic powder
    1/2 t. allspice
    1/2 t. oregano
    1/2 t. black pepper
    1/2 t. sweet basil
    1/2 t. marjoram
    1/2 T. paprika
    1/2 T. onion salt
    1/4 t. chili powder or to taste

    — Use peanut oil, for best results.

    To Prepare ;
    – Heat oil in pan or deep-fryer.
    – Preheat oven to 250 – 275*F.

    *** Do a ”Taste Test” ;
    Season one small piece of chicken, dust with flour ; deep-fry the piece of chicken and taste for spiciness ; add more or less of what spice you like.

    – Sprinkle 1 T. soy sauce on chicken & ” stir / mix ” ; to coat evenly.
    – Place all the spices in a med-sized bag and shake to mix.
    – Place flour & cornstarch in large bag & shake to mix well.
    – Put all the chicken pieces in a large bowl.
    – Sprinkle 1/4 to half the bag of spices on chicken pieces in bowl &
    mix with your hands, to coat all chicken pieces evenly.
    – Shake pieces in flour mixture and fry just till chicken is browned.
    – Place chicken pieces on a cookie sheet & finish cooking in warm
    oven ; the juices should run clear when pierced with a knife.

    Internal Temp. ;
    Bone-In chicken piece = 170*F.
    Bone-less piece = 165*F.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks for your suggested recipe. I love that you put the internal temperatures of the chicken!

    • Bcook6489

      That sounds good but there is no soy sauce in KFC original recipe, and your recipe is way too complex for a simple recipe that is done with a pressure cooker.

      • Sandy May Jones Cardwell

        Red skin never said it was ‘the’ exact recipe, if you read it properly he says ‘close to’

    • Anonymous

      I was a manager at KFC 50 years ago and this was our process. We made a milk and egg wash and a large container of KFC flour with spices already in it. We would put the chicken in the milk and egg wash and let the chicken drain for a minute of two and then into the flour and we would then repeat this procedure. Quite often we left the chicken in the flour until the oil came up to 350 degrees in the pressure cookers. We had large pressure cookers and we could cook two chickens at once in each pressure cooker. We would brown the chicken until it was the color of corn flakes shaking gently at least once so it would brown evenly. Then we would close the lids and get the cooker up to 10 lbs. pressure and cook for 11 minutes. We carefully let the steam out and then hung the perforated container on the side of the cooker until it drained. Then we put the chicken in the Kresskor on a rack over a little hot water. You could only keep it 2 hours and it had to be thrown away.
      No soy sauce ever!

      I know it had:
      Garlic Salt
      Onion Salt
      Black Pepper

      Back then we had to keep a few pouches of the spices in case we ran out of the seasoned flour and we would have to run to the grocery store and buy flour and then add the seasonings.

  • sandy

    what is dry instant chix broth, is it like chicken boulin

    • Stephanie

      No, there used to be packages of instant chicken broth in a cup, I don’t think they sell this product any longer.

    • JoyDee

      Wyler’s makes dry chicken broth crystals. Find it in a small jar near soups, etc. Hope this helps.

    • Vlrusso

      thats exactly what it is!

  • Leanne Weatherford

    Here is a recipe I was given years ago. I am not sure where it came from, but it taste just like KFC.

    1 frying chicken, cut into frying pieces
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1 Pkt. (dry) Good Seasons Italian Dressing (THE 11 herbs and spices!)
    1 Envelope Lipton (or other brand) Tomato Cup of Soup
    2 eggs, well beaten
    2/3 cup milk
    Vegetable oil to cover bottom of your skillet; about 1/2 inch deep.

    1. Combine eggs and milk. Set aside.
    2. Combine flour with the Italian dressing and soup mix.
    3. Dip chicken pieces in milk-egg mixture and roll them in the
    flour-seasoning mixture. Repeat procedure.
    4. Fry pieces over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, turning often.
    5. Remove from fire. Drain and serve.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Donna

      Sorry, but anything with MSG is out the door! Thought it’s a great rat poison!! Thanks for the heads up on MSG in KFC – I won’t be eating there again – besides, they have the worst mashed potaoes & gravy anywhere

      • Jeremy

        You are aware that MSG has never been proven to cause health problems for anyone that is not allergic to it, right? MSG occurs naturally in ingredients such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate, as well as in tomatoes and cheeses. It only causes allergic reactions in people that are sensitive to it, like peanuts, shellfish, or any other food out there. It’s not a poison.

        • Stephanie Manley

          I think this a food product some people have large concerns about.

        • Rick Wright

          Thanks for saying what I was thinking. But I doubt you’ll convince someone who has irrational fears.

  • Dennis

    I happen to have a jar of Fines Herbs in my cabinet. The listed ingredients are Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil.

    • nico

      do you know what msg is and where to get it ???
      MSG is located in the spice section of your grocery store, it is also is known as ‘Accent’ ~Stephanie

  • ron

    i saw on unwrapped a cooking show that did kfc’s chicken and the coating mix has dried milk powder added to it.the chicken is put into an egg wash turned 7 times and then into the breading,and also turned 7 times no more no less.the original was fried in open fry pans but now they cook the chicken in pressure cookers timing i’m not sure of.pressure cooking cooks faster and gives that really crispy skin that we all love.if they’d serve just the skin with all the breading and spices on it i’d be the first in line . as far as i’m concered the skin is the best part. also if anyone has the recipe for they’re gravey i’d love to have a copy.
    thanks hope this helps a little on the kfc

    • Kami

      I do happen to have a recipe for the gravy I read on a copykat site, might have even been this one. make a roux in the bottom of your saucepan with 2T butter and flour until the flour is nice and chocolate brown. Slowly add 2 C stock, add salt, pepper and couple teaspoons MSG (the MSG gives it the distinctive flavor, the roux gives it the color) cook about an hour, stirring consistently, or until thickened and will thicken more as it stands. If it seems a little thin, more roux to start will maintain it’s color, but if it’s thin at the finish and you find yourself wanting to add more flour, it will taste the same but won’t be as brown.

      • Stephanie

        I appreciate your suggestion. I would add just a bit of caution here, some people are allergic to MSG. So if you are sensitive to MSG, omit this, I think the gravy would still be tasty.

        • Laura

          2% of the world population is allergic to MSG. Most people don’t even know that the products they consume contain MSG. If you want it to taste good, add the damn MSG

    • Anonymous

      We used pressure cookers 50 years ago and there wasn’t anything about doing the thing about 7 times. We did it twice at that time.

  • Amy

    I just tried this last week. It is very very close to KFC. Close enough that the recipe is going to be used over and over in at my house. It is very salty so I do recommend cutting down on or even cutting out the 1 TB of salt. The seasoning salt is plenty. I didn’t have FInes Herbs so I substituted kroger brand poultry seasoning. I also mixed eggs and milk to dip the chicken in first instead of the water and I dipped the chicken twice in the egg bath and flour mixture. I let the chicken rest for a few minutes while the oil heated so that the flour had time to absorb the moisture and actually stay on the chicken while frying. My husband who never eats chicken even ate it and asked for more.

  • John W.

    What is Fine Herbs
    Links and commentary have been added about fine herbs

  • porsche986

    I haven’t tried the recipe yet but I was able to find Fines Herbs at Cost Plus World Market.