Original KFC Chicken Thigh Recipe

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Apurva Sethi
Apurva is a fashion and food enthusiast. She chose fashion as her career and food as her passion. She is greatly fond of trying out new cuisines at different places and making them at home, in her own style. She also loves to seek and learn new things about the food industry constantly. So, here she is, to share her easy-peasy ways of cooking.

If you a chicken lover, then you must love KFC as well. And you must be very familiar with its treasure of chicken dishes as well. The flavors that you will find in a KFC chicken are pretty much impossible to find anywhere. Among all of their chicken items, KFC Chicken Thigh is the most popular among them all.

Are you trying to find the original KFC Chicken Thigh recipe on the internet? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I will tell you how to make the homemade version of KFC Chicken Thighs with KFC 11-ingredient seasoning mix to give it the original taste and also the nutritional breakdown of the KFC Chicken Thigh recipe.

So let’s check out the recipe.

KFC Chicken Thighs Recipe is one of the most in-demand recipes as it is most popular among KFC chicken lovers. It is not easy to make but it’s worth spending 60 minutes in the kitchen for this. I will show you how to make the homemade version of KFC’s Original-Style Chicken Thighs with KFC 11-ingredient seasoning mix to give it the original taste. But before getting the instructions, check out our other copycat recipes below.

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How much time it will take to Prepare the KFC Chicken Thigh at Home?

20 minutes40 minutes60 minutes

It’s not easy to make but it’s worth spending 60 minutes in the Kitchen for this.

KFC Chicken Thigh Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ tsp Marjoram (Dried)
  • ½ tsp Basil (Dried)
  • ½ tsp Oregano (Dried)
  • ½ tsp Ground Allspice
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Sage (Dried)
  • ½ tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsps Onion Salt
  • 4-6 pieces of Chicken Thighs
  • 2 quarts Neutral Oil (for frying)
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt

You will find all the ingredients required to make KFC Chicken Thigh from any supermarket near your home.

KFC Chicken Thigh Recipe

KFC Chicken Thigh Recipe

You have to follow all the steps mentioned above if you want you Chicken Thigh as perfect as KFC.

  • Preheat fryer to 350°F. Thoroughly mix together all the spice mix ingredients.
  • Combine spice mix with flour, brown sugar and salt.
  • Dip chicken pieces in egg white to lightly coat them, then transfer to flour mixture.
  • Turn a few times and make sure the flour mix is really stuck to the chicken. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.
  • Let chicken pieces rest for 5 minutes so the crust has a chance to dry a bit.
  • Fry chicken thighs for 20 minutes (approx). Chicken pieces are done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 165°F.
  • Let chicken drain on a few paper towels when it comes out of the fryer. Serve hot.

Note: Nobody knows the exact spice mix used in classic KFC™ fried chicken, but we think this version is pretty close!

It uses herbs and spices that you probably mostly have on hand. If you have a fairly stocked pantry, you might only need to pick up one or two additional spices to make this. The spice mix will look like a lot of seasoning for one batch of fried chicken, but remember that it’ll be mixed with flour so the spices will lose some of their kick. It might seem strange to add brown sugar to the flour mixture since this is a savory recipe, but it’s actually really important and adds just a tiny bit of sweetness to the chicken. Leave it out at your own peril!

Many fried chicken recipes will ask you to double-bread the chicken. We like that method, but the classic restaurant version has a thinner crust, so we bread once. And egg white is just right for dipping the chicken in before coating; it gives the flour mixture something to stick to without being too thick.

Very important: After each piece of chicken is well-coated, let them rest for a few minutes so the crusts can dry out. This is the difference between having fried chicken with a great crust and one where all of the crust falls off in the fryer!

Breasts and wings cook faster than legs and thighs. The white meat (breast/wings) will take 12-14 minutes (depending on thickness) and thighs and legs will take a few minutes longer. However, these are rough guidelines. Really thick breasts can take closer to 20 minutes to cook all the way through. So the best thing to do (as always) uses a meat thermometer and make sure the chicken hits an internal temperature of 165°

Nutritional Facts about KFC Chicken Thigh

Total Fat19g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 910mg
Protein 19g

Here is the nutritional breakdown of the KFC Chicken Thigh recipe.

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