The KFC original secret chicken recipe

The KFC original secret chicken recipe is closely guarded by the company and is one of the most famous trade secrets in the culinary world. While we don’t have access to the exact KFC secret recipe, there are several copycat recipes and techniques that aim to replicate the famous KFC flavor. Keep in mind that these are not the official KFC recipes but are attempts to mimic the taste.

Here’s a simplified version of a homemade fried chicken recipe inspired by KFC’s original recipe:


For the Chicken:

  • 4-6 pieces of chicken (mix of drumsticks, thighs, and wings)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Dredge:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. This is your seasoned flour mixture.

For the Chicken:

  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Ensure the chicken is fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight if possible. This helps tenderize and flavor the chicken.
  2. When ready to fry, heat about 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. While the oil is heating, remove the chicken from the buttermilk and allow any excess to drip off.
  4. Coat each piece of chicken thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture, pressing it onto the chicken to create a good coating.
  5. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the chicken pieces into the oil. Be cautious not to overcrowd the pan, as this can reduce the oil’s temperature and affect the frying.
  6. Fry the chicken in batches for about 12-15 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and the coating is golden brown and crispy. Drumsticks and thighs may take a bit longer than wings.
  7. Remove the fried chicken from the oil and place it on a wire rack to drain any excess oil.
  8. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

This recipe captures some of the flavors and techniques often associated with KFC-style fried chicken. However, please remember that the exact KFC secret recipe remains a closely guarded trade secret, and this is an approximation. Enjoy your homemade fried chicken!

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