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Fried Chicken like KFC

 Published 2008-Jul-23   Updated 2023-Jan-31

- Submitted by Rani

(KFC Fried Chicken Recipe, Homemade KFC Style Fried Chicken, KFC Like Fried Chicken)

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One of the fastest growing fast food reataurant around the world is the KFC. It started in US and became popular for its fried chicken which has a crispy coating on the outside and soft juicy tender meat on the inside. Slowly it entered other countries and even made its way to India. It has become a new favorite among Indians. 

I personally have tasted the fried chicken in US as well as in India. In US, the chicken pieces are really tender and juicy. For some reason it is not the same in India. Though it is made very flavorful to suit to Indian taste buds, I really missed the juiciness.

Making it at home really doesn't justify the original taste. I have tried to make it as close to the original as possible. It is to satisfy our cravings when we are actually not able to go to the restaurant. I prefer to brine the chicken pieces whenever I have time to make it tender and juicier. It is nothing but soaking the chicken pieces in a big bowl of salt water. The liquid should submerge the chicken completely. Leave this for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. For this recipe, I really recommend doing that. If you don't have time skip this process but you will miss a juicy chicken. So here comes the rest of the recipe to make the best juicy chicken fry.

Recipe For KFC Style Fried Chicken

Preparation Time : 20 minutes 
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4


  • Cooking oil - 5-6 cups
  • Salt - 1 tsp 
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Chicken (skinless) - 2 lb (cut in pieces)

Coating - 1

  • All purpose Flour - 1/2 Cup

Coating - 2

  • Eggs - 2 (beaten)
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Soy sauce - 1/2 tsp 
  • Knorr chicken bouillon - 1 tsp 
  • Parsley (or Cilantro) - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Garlic - 2 large cloves (minced)

Coating - 3

  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 1 cup
  • Fine Bread Crumbs (or Oats) - 3/4 cup 
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Paprika (or Red Chili Powder) - 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder - 2 tsp 


  1. Wash the chicken, dry it and season it with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix each coating ingredients in separate bowls.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai put in medium heat (to cook the chicken).
  4. Coat the chicken pieces in first flour coating and dip in milk egg coating and in final coating of bread crumbs. 
  5. Deep fry the chicken in oil. The oil should not be too hot otherwise the outside gets browned before the inside gets cooked. 
  6. Check if its cooked properly and its light brown in color.
  7. Put in paper towel. Serve immediately with some sauce.

Detailed Steps to make KFC Style Fried Chicken

Wash and pat dry all the chicken pieces using a kitchen towel. I have used both chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs for this. I prefer to make slashes in the chicken pieces but it is optional.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Season with some salt and black pepper powder.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Make all the three coatings in separate plates or bowls.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

First coat the chicken pieces in flour coating. I use my right hand to do this. Transfer to the second plate.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Dip it in the beaten milk-egg mixture. Use your left hand for this. After the egg coats the chicken, move the chicken pieces to the final coating.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Again use your right hand to coat with the flour and brread crumbs.  This way one hand is used only for the dry coating and the other for wet coating.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Coat every piece with the egg and flour. Keep it arranged in a plate before you get the oil ready.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Heat oil in a kadai or frying. Vegetable oil, canola oil or sunflower oil will be good for frying.  Carefully add 2-3 chicken pieces at a time depending on the size of the pan. Fry till one side turns golden brown.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Turn the chicken pieces and cook till all sides are fried. The oil temperature should be medium so that the inside gets well cooked. It takes about 8-10 minutes for the chicken drumsticks to cook and about 12-15 minutes for the thighs.

KFC Fried Chicken Preparation Steps

Remove the fried chicken onto a plate lined with paper napkin to absorb the excess oil. Serve it hot.


  • If you want a juicier chicken, soak the chicken in salt water for 4-5 hours before applying the coating and frying.
  • It is better to have the chicken in room temperature before frying as cold chicken takes longer to cook. As a result the outside will brown up faster before the inside gets cooked.
  • For a healthier twist, you can bake the chicken at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes after applying all the coating. That tastes equally good too.

Serving KFC Fried Chicken

  • Serve with french fries or onion rings and with tomato sauce as a snack or a light meal.
  • To make it a complete meal, have some side salad or other sides like augratin, baked potato etc.
  • You can also serve this KFC style fried chickens as a side for variety rice.

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Comments (30)

Person   ()
It was nice to go through your post. Thanks for sharing the recipe here. Keep up the good work.
Person   ()
You never mention to remove the skin part of your “method” section. At least I didn’t see it. You assume automatically the chicken comes skinless?
Person   ()
i am sorry about the confusion. Here in India we just buy skinless chicken from the shop. So I did not mention it separately. Thanks for letting me know.
Person   ()
where is india chiken bullio or broth available
i searched all super markets
cant get one
Person   ()
Hi Pradeep, I'm not able to help you with the exact shops in which you will be able to find. Do try to find it. If not, the closest substitute would be to use the taste maker in any instant chicken noodles packet.
Person   ()
what isKnorr chicken bouillon
Person   ()
Chicken bouillon is chicken broth. You get it in liquid form and also in the dehydrated form as cubes.
Person   ()
very tasty recipe,,,, but in kfc they are using diffrent secrate herbs na
Person   ()
Hi Rajesh, Surely KFC has their own unique recipe. This is our own version of it to enjoy a similar taste at home.
Person   ()
Where can i get garlic and onion powder?
Person   ()
Hi Shirley, You can find garlic and onion powder in walmart and most of the international grocery stores.
Person   ()
thank you for these information..its interesting to try out different methods of cooking dish then using our everyday cooking methods
Person   ()
I am so happy that you are trying out the recipes. Its very encouraging..
Person   ()
Its good! Thanks for the recipe
Person   ()
Person   ()
wt is parsley?
Person   ()
It is similar to indian cilantro (corriander leaves)
Person   ()
sort of coriender
Person   ()
Its simply awesome
Person   ()
Thank You.
Person   ()
What is paprika? pls explain
Person   ()
paprika is a ground red capsicum. you can read more about it here you can substitute with some chilly powder which is no heat like kashmiri chilly powder
Person   ()
It tasted good but not comparable to KFC. It may be because of the all purpose flour. Can you please tell what are the constituents of all purpose flour?
Person   ()
Hi Kumar, All Purpose Flour is plain maida.
Person   ()
What is chicken bouillon?
Person   ()
Its the Chicken broth in a paste form. You can get this cubes in small packs in Walmart or any grocery store in sauces aisle.
Person   ()
kfc know good cooking welcome tank happy
Person   ()
Gajraj Jaipur,
I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I'm glad I found your blog
Person   ()
Thank You Gajraj and Hameed.
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