How to make KFC at home that tastes just like the real thing

*starts cleaning a bucket in preparation*

KFC recipe

Lockdown has meant we have all been cooking more. Sure, it’s nice to learn new skills and save money and whatever but, wow, we miss deep-fried things. If you have been spending your days Googling ‘How to make foam like the guy at my Bootleggers‘ and creating an online petition to deem McDonald’s as an essential service then we’ve got good news. A hero has released his take on the KFC recipe, which he says tastes just like the real thing.

Dan Fell says he spent a whole 18 months perfecting the recipe, combining various different spices and flavours until he got it just right. That is some serious dedication to fried chicken. The measurements and instructions are really specific, so it’s clear he cares a lot about getting it just right.

The photos of the greasy, golden chicken with that trademark crispy skin look like they came straight out of a KFC-branded bucket. We *need* to try this ASAP.

How to make KFC chicken at home

What you will need:

5 cups of plain flour

1/2 tablespoon of oregano

1/2 tablespoon of thyme

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

2 tablespoons of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of mustard powder

1 tablespoon of celery salt

1 tablespoon of black pepper

1/3 tablespoon of sea salt

2 tablespoons of white pepper

4 tablespoons of paprika

Mix these all together to make your dry mix. Now you need to combine your dry mix with self-raising flour at a ratio of three parts dry mix to one part flour.

Make an egg wash by mixing egg whites and milk.


Your chicken needs to be room temperature. Dip the chicken in the dry mix, then in your egg white mix then back in the dry mix. Now fry in a deep fat fryer or hot oil at a temperature of exactly 162.5Β°C for about five to six minutes a piece.

If you have a warming oven heat it to just below 80Β°C and keep the fried chicken in there while you cook the rest in batches. Just before serving, fry them again for 90 seconds.

Dan says he is currently experimenting to perfect the hot wings mix and also figuring out how to make popcorn chicken. We’re going to need him to take less than 18 months for these, please.

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