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KFC Chicken Secret Spices

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Rating: 4/5
10 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   0.75 cup

recipe id: 1788
KFC Chicken Secret Spices Recipe
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Get that same fried chicken flavor as KFC with this copycat recipe for their secret spices.

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1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon powdered sage
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoon thyme
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry minced parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons onion salt
2 tablespoons powdered chicken bouillon
1 package instant tomato soup mix


There are actually 11 spices in the original spice mixture, but we needed an additional 3 ingredients were necessary to derive that same special flavor. Place all ingredients in blender with on/off speed for 3-4 minutes to pulverize, or rub through a fine strainer. Store in an airtight container so it will not lose potency.

To use with flour: Add 1 oz. mix to cup of flour for coating chicken.

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10 calories, 0 grams fat, 2 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per teaspoon. This recipe is low in fat.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I know this recipe is supposed to be for chicken but it's my favorite seasoning on pork chops!!!

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Apr 5, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
it's easy to make--just blend and store and you have a KFC spice blend whenever your heart desires.

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Mar 11, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I use this spice mix on any chicken dish.

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Sep 2, 2013


Can someone please add full description how this should be prepared.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
This is the complete recipe for the spice mix. The directions on how to prepare it are included. This recipe is only for the spices, not for actually making fried chicken.

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Instead of egg coating, take chicken parts with skin on. Toss in 2cups flour and 2table spoons of baking powder, and 1oz of seasoning, let chicken rest in flour spice mix for an hour in the fridge. Pre-heat oil drop chicken in it will puff up just like KFC, the egg one makes coating hard this version is closer to the texture of KFC.

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KFC Chicken is not fried. They use pressure cookers and cook the chicken for 20 minutes exactly. Pots should be 1/2 filled with oil

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I tried this recipe, didn't like it very much. It had a sweet taste to me,guessing it came from the italian dressing. I also used the pancake mix and it cooked to fast and i was cooking on medium and it burned, then i used all purpose flour and it cooked ok. As it cooked longer it didn't have the sweet taste but you really couldn't taste the seasonings that was in it. I thought with all the seasonings it would had a better taste.

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
please note i did this and the chicken was not cooked i had to finish it of in the ovem i would suggest partiely cooking the chicken before hand

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I have made this recipe several times. I added 1 TBSP Curry,1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper mix 2 oz with a box of tempura and oven fry. With a 1/2 cup of pre-melted crisco. IT IS EXCELLENT!!!!! Though the oregano and thyme could be reduced a little. I thought using flour was a little heavy. PERFECT!!!
Five stars for this copy cat dish. We will continue to use this recipe, guest even love it!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
If you have onion powder and salt in your house, you can make onion salt. Same with garlic powder and salt to make garlic salt.

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Jul 23, 2007

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I use 1 drumstick and 1 thigh per person. This recipe is excellent and whilst not exactly kfc is decidedly tasty. I always skin the chicken and brine it for a good couple of hours. This tenderises it and gives a good replication of the 'pressure' frying that kfc use. Like the contributer above I double dip it with egg and flour mixture. I fry it off until the coating is set then finish it in the oven.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
if you play with the green herbs u can make it nearly perfect. I dunno if the recipe mentions it but it is also best done in the flour mix then dipped in beaten egg and recoated to get a nice thick coating.The leftover oil is also great for making nice flavoured fries as well.
and if you haven't got onion salt in the house go get some.


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Jun 5, 2007

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
i all so used this recipe 4 of us . the next i will NOT use sage its to sagege taesting aii substitute it with LEMON PEEL OR LEMON PEPPER! THANK YOU

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have used this recipe many times. It isn't exactly like KFC but is VERY TASTY!!! Well worth it.

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This is a copy cat recipe submitted to CDKitchen by a third-party. This recipe is not an original recipe unless specifically stated and is considered only to be an acceptable "clone" to the original for the home cook to attempt to duplicate. Please also note that many nationwide restaurant chains vary their menus and ingredients by region so the version provided may not be similar to what you may have tried before. All trademarks referenced are property of their respective owners.

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