Here’s How You Can Make Your Own KFC At Home

by : Francesca Donovan on : 13 Oct 2016 18:06

The Colonel has let the chicken out the bag, and the best kept secret in fast food has finally been revealed.

After the official recipe for KFC’s secret blend of herbs and spices which adorn that finger lickin’ good golden brown chicken was revealed in a scrapbook, cooks have been trying to replicate the delicious taste of KFC from the comfort of their very own kitchens.

Now, a step by step account of the recipe has been published too.


The original KFC fried chicken recipe is under lock and key, enclosed in a 770-pound safe encased in two feet of concrete, guarded by cameras and motion sensors.

But all hail transparency, a reporter from The Mirror went to see how KFC makes the magic happen in one of their locations in London and revealed the step-by-step guide to achieving chicken nirvana.

First, do all the boring – but highly necessary, people – checks to make sure the chicken is fresh.


Dunk the chicken in liquid to allow the golden flakes to stick. Don’t bother with eggs. Water will do. Then dry the chicken.

Cover the chicken in your delicious not-quite-KFC breadcrumbs. Spread the breading evenly (and thickly, obviously). Apparently there’s a knack to this, sort of like a figure of eight motion.

Pop it in your industrial-sized pressure fryer. You probably keep yours between the oven and the baked bean juice microwave.


In case you missed it, the secret recipe is as follows:

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2/3 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/3 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons white pepper

Personally, the idea of being in charge of anything that operates at boiling temperatures and has the word ‘pressure’ in its name isn’t an undertaking to approach lightly.

Also the cost of all those herbs probably tots up to the price of a family bucket.

Drive thru, anyone?

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Food


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