KFC Chicken Copycat [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

KFC Chicken is undeniably one of the best tasting fast food meals around the world. Juicy and crispy, learn how to cook it the right way at home.

Want to try making homemade versions of popular fast food meals? Now, you can enjoy these dishes in your kitchen if you check out my recipes for Wendy’s Chili, Chipotle Chicken, and  Panera Bread’s Chicken Wild Rice Soup.

KFC Chicken copycat on a plate.

Fried Chicken Recipe

KFC Chicken is undoubtedly an international sensation with its iconic herb and spices secret recipe. It belongs to the world’s most popular fast food dishes and rightly so because it really does taste extraordinary. 

A lot of my friends and family crave it which is why I decided to try and replicate the taste of this iconic and nostalgic dish. I experimented several times and finally, I got a recipe that I am sure is the closest there is to the real thing. 

The meat oozes with flavor and juiciness that your guests would not even realize that it is a homemade recipe. Not to mention, its less expensive to make it at home and it is better to know what ingredients went into your dish.

It really isn’t even that complicated which is why it would be a nice addition to learn this recipe to satisfy your KFC cravings anytime. I really had fun making a copycat of such an iconic meal and I hope you get to enjoy it as well.

How to make KFC Chicken steps.

How to make KFC Chicken

  1. Prep meat. Cut whole chicken according to the desired number of pieces. However, you could also separate it into its parts: drumstick, thigh, wings, and breast. 
  2. Marinate. Mix buttermilk and pickle juice in a separate bowl. Then, marinate the meat for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Prepare flour mix for coating. In another bowl, mix all the seasoning.
  4. Coat. Dip the pieces into the coating mixture. Lay it on a cookie sheet. Then, let it rest for 20 minutes. 
  5. Fry. Prepare the deep fryer by making sure that the oil will fully submerge the pieces. Heat to 350F and fry in batches for 15 minutes. 
  6. Serve. Remove excess oil by putting it in a drying rack or draping a paper towel. Then, serve.

Fried chicken with corn and sauces.

How to get the chicken extra crispy?

The key to getting that extra crunch is to make sure that you heat your oil properly. Never dip it in warm oil as it will make it soggy. 

What to serve with KFC Chicken?

While KFC chicken can be enjoyed as is, you can make it into a full course meal by having these sides:

  1. Oven-Baked Potatoes
  2. Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
  3. Coleslaw

A crispy skin also works best with a flavorful sauce. Add a little kick to this classic dish by following my recipes for:

  1. Sweet and Sour Sauce
  2. Barbecue Sauce
  3. Teriyaki Sauce

KFC Fried Chicken.

How to store leftovers?

As soon as all guests have filled themselves, store the chicken immediately. The longer it stays at room temperature, the faster it will spoil.

To store cooked chicken leftovers properly, put them in a food storage container, and place it on the top part of your fridge. Make sure that they are placed far from any kind of raw meat.

More delicious chicken recipes:

Fried chicken sliced.

Recipe tips:

  • If you aren’t storing leftovers, but those that are right off the fryer, let the steam evaporate first. Wait for at least 30 minutes to remove any excess steam before putting it in the fridge. 
  • Trying to avoid oily food? For a healthier result, make this recipe by using an air fryer.
  • Also, feel free to use other seasonings such as taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, cajun seasoning

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5 from 6 reviews
KFC Chicken Copycat
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 pieces
Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 3 hrs


Dry Mix:



Carbohydrates: 27 Protein: 4 Fat: 2 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 3 Sodium: 1547 Potassium: 162 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 1424 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 53 Iron: 3 Calories: 238
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This was spot on! Just the way I remembered it tasting as a kid. Thank you!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This KFC Chicken is looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!



It's finger-lickin' good!


katerina @ diethood.com

This chicken is faaantastic!! SO YUMMY!!


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

I am so excited to try this chicken! It looks incredibly delicious!


Jacque Hastert

I can't wait to give this a try at home. We love KFC, but there isn't one around us. I am curious to see if this tastes like the real thing.



My kids LOVED this!! So crispy and delicious!



Hi What type of pickle juice did you use in this recipe.


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