KFC Original Chicken Recipe

Recreate the iconic taste of KFC’s original fried chicken at home with this detailed recipe. Enjoy the crispy, flavorful crust and juicy chicken that has made this dish a favorite for generations.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and wings)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, basil, celery salt, ground mustard, ground ginger, and white pepper. Mix well to create the seasoned flour mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk until well combined.
  3. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg and buttermilk mixture, ensuring it is fully coated. Allow any excess liquid to drip off.
  4. Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour mixture, pressing the flour onto the chicken to ensure an even coating. Shake off any excess flour.
  5. Place the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet or plate and let them rest for about 15-20 minutes. This helps the coating adhere better to the chicken.
  6. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). There should be enough oil to fully submerge the chicken pieces.
  7. Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil, cooking in batches to avoid overcrowding. Fry the chicken for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (75°C).
  8. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the chicken from the oil, and place it on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  9. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving to ensure it remains crispy. Enjoy your homemade KFC original fried chicken with your favorite sides and sauces!

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