Lyndsay Burginger

Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

The 11 secret herbs and spices aren't a secret anymore! Make this Copycat KFC Fried Chicken at home and you'll almost forget it didn't come in a bucket.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 lbs bone-in skin on chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp paprika
  • 3 Tbsp white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp celery salt
  • 1 Tbsp dried mustard
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Oil, for frying


  • In a large container or bowl, dissolve the salt in the buttermilk and submerge the chicken to brine for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile whisk together the flour, paprika, white pepper, garlic salt, black pepper, celery salt, dried mustard, ground ginger, salt, thyme, basil and oregano.
  • Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, turning to coat and pressing onto the chicken. Meanwhile, heat about 1-inch of oil in a large dutch oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  • Add the chicken, skin side down, to the hot oil and cover, frying until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove lid about halfway through to check if chicken is browning. At the 8-10 minute mark turn the chicken over and fry, uncovered for another 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Check the temperature of your chicken with a thermometer to ensure it reaches 165ºF.
If your chicken is getting too browned, lower the heat.

Perfect Pairing

We anything fried.
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