Skip to Content

Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe

Easy copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe for the crispiest chicken ever. Juicy chicken drumsticks fried quickly then baked to perfection & so flavorful.

kfc copycat recipe

Here is an easy copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe you and your kids will absolutely love. Instead of frying it is just done quickly to really crisp the skin. Then baked so the inside is super juicy. (originally published 11/17)

Ever wonder how KFC makes their chicken so crunchy yet juicy inside and packed with flavor?

We have tips on how to make extra crispy chicken skin while keeping the meat fork tender.

This is a great dinner idea, and really inexpensive too. This is how it starts right? With chicken legs.

chicken legs

If you’re looking for a cheap meal that your whole family will love you should try this, and serve it with a side like our Instant Pot potato salad or this creamy pasta salad that is easy to throw together too.

Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken

  1. Chicken drumsticks
  2. Flour
  3. Eggs
  4. Oil
  5. Spices

Seriously, that is really it!! It really couldn’t be much easier. If you have a dutch oven it is great for frying these as it has a high side and really submerges the legs well.

If you have a wok that works well too, or just a pan over the stovetop that has a high side.

A splatter screen is helpful too so you can prevent it spits the oil may give off.

copycat kentucky fried chicken recipe

To make really crispy chicken the key is to dip, coat, and dip again in your flavorful flour mixture. The double coating really makes it more KFC like and how they get that extra crispiness.

Time needed: 40 minutes.

Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken

  1. Prepare

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Soak the chicken legs in salt water for up to 24 hrs if possible for optimal results.

    Put eggs in one bowl and flour and spices mixed in another bowl.
    Beat the eggs and dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the egg, and then flour once more.

    Put coated drumstick on a cooling rack and do this to all other drumsticks.

  2. Fry

    Heat oil in dutch oven or large pan over medium/high heat.
    Fry each leg in batches of 3-4 for about 3 or so minutes each until coating is golden brown.

    Remove each leg and put on cooling rack to drain excess oil until all legs are done.

  3. Bake

    Leave chicken legs on cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet and put in oven for 35-45 minutes or until the internal meat temperature reads 165 degrees F. Enjoy

It isn’t hard and is so worth it to dip just one more time each drumstick to really coat it well.

We share here how to make air fryer fried chicken and air fryer fried chicken breast too. NO oil necessary for this one.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

If you’re having people over or having a picnic these are great too to bring along. Just finish them, wrap in foil and take them with you or serve outside on a sunny day with a few yummy side dishes.

Looking for other comfort food recipe favorites, here are a few more:

Copycat KFC chicken

Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe

Easy copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe for the crispiest chicken ever. Juicy chicken drumsticks fried quickly then baked to perfection & so flavorful.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, copycat, kentucky fried chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 1615kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Soak the chicken legs in salt water for up to 24 hrs if possible for optimal results.
  • Put eggs in one bowl and flour and spices mixed in another bowl.
  • Beat the eggs and dredge each chicken leg in the flour, then the egg, and then flour once more.
  • Put coated drumstick on a cooling rack and do this to all other drumsticks.
  • Heat oil in dutch oven or large pan over medium/high heat.
  • Fry each leg in batches of 3-4 for about 3 or so minutes each until coating is golden brown.
  • Remove each leg and put on cooling rack to drain excess oil until all legs are done.
  • Leave legs on cooling rack and place on top of a cookie sheet. Put in oven to bake for 35-45 minutes or until the thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  • Enjoy

Video

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (5 oz)
Calories 1615 Calories from Fat 1485
% Daily Value*
Fat 165g254%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 583mg25%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
tempura mushrooms
← Previous
Parmesan Rosemary Tempura Mushrooms Recipe
instant pot sweet chicken 2
Next →
Instant Pot Sweet Chicken
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.