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KFC Style Fried Chicken

KFC Style Fried chicken that is a KFC copy cat chicken recipe that is brined and then fried. The chicken comes out tender, juicy and moist.

Course brunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword fried chicken KFC style, fried chicken recipe, kfc copycat chicken, KFC Fried Chicken,
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Avin Kohli


For Buttermilk Marinate

  • 750 gm chicken thighs and drumsticks(legs)
  • 2 cup buttermilk see notes for recipe
  • 1 tsp salt

For Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp paprika or red chilli powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp mix seasoning of oregano, thyme and basil or use pizza seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp all spice or garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder

For Flour Coating Mix

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder that has more color
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Extra Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 3-4 cups oil for frying


To Marinate Chicken

  1. Marinate the chicken with buttermilk and salt preferable overnight for best results or at least 6 hours.

Make spice marinate for chicken-

  1. Drain the buttermilk out of chicken and place in another bowl.

  2. Add the egg white and all the spices under spice mix.

  3. Mix well and keep aside for 30 mins.

  4. Till then in a wide bowl add the flour and mix all the spices under flour coating mix. Mix well and keep aside.

  5. Heat the oil to 180C. If you don't have a thermometer then we need medium high heat for frying.

Final frying of chicken-

  1. To fry chicken just take the spice marinated chicken and flour it generously. Once coated pat dry the extra flour and place in the the pan for frying.

  2. Cook for 2 mins each side(my pieces were medium size, adjust according to your chicken cut size).

  3. Drain on kitchen napkin and wait for 5 mins before serving.

  4. I like to sprinkle some chaat masala on top for extra tangy flavor.

  5. Enjoy your KFC style fried chicken.

Recipe Notes

To make buttermilk mix 1 cup curd or yougurt and mix 1 cup water. Mix well with a whisk to make it smooth. This makes 2 cup of buttermilk.