Fried Chicken (KFC Style)

KFC Chicken
Serves 4
Found in a scrapbook belonging to Colonel Sanders' second wife. Colonel Harland Sanders' nephew, Joe Ledington, says he used to blend the spices that went into his uncle's world-famous fried chicken, and the recipe in question is the real deal.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
442 calories
62 g
84 g
11 g
24 g
3 g
208 g
4839 g
4 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442
Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 84mg
Sodium 4839mg
Total Carbohydrates 62g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2/3 tablespoon salt
  3. 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  4. 1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  5. 1/3 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  6. 1 tablespoon celery salt
  7. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  9. 4 tablespoons paprika
  10. 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  11. 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  12. 3 tablespoons ground white pepper
  13. 1 cup buttermilk
  14. 1 egg, beaten
  15. 1 chicken, cut up, the breast pieces cut in half for more even frying
  16. Expeller-pressed canola oil for the frying
  1. Mix the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices; set aside.
  2. Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl until combined. Soak the chicken in the buttermilk mixture at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dip the chicken pieces in the herb-spice-flour mixture to coat all sides, shaking off excess. Allow to sit on a rack over a baking sheet, 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat about 3 inches of the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot with high sides) over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. (Use a deep-frying thermometer to check the temperature.) When temperature is reached, lower the heat to medium to maintain it at 350. Fry 3 or 4 pieces at a time, being careful not to crowd the pot. Fry until medium golden brown, turning once, 15-18 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet covered with paper towels. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding more chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  1. Although KFC has confirmed that its present-day recipe uses MSG, that ingredient was not part of the list of herbs and spices we received from the Colonel's nephew. If you want to try the chicken with MSG, sprinkle a little on the finished chicken pieces right before eating.
Simon Rochester



As the entire world has asked me what I’ve done with my ankle and automatically assumed it was a biking injury, I will lament my woes here for the entire world to see the extent of my clumsiness.

So one fateful Friday I needed to go rectify one of my more stupid moments, where I managed to totally forget the PIN number to the company card I have – I’m talking about a total mind blank here – so I popped to the bank.

Now usually I’d be on my bike, as I was working from the office all day, but for reasons of product collections and delivery, providence decided that I’d be motorised for the day. As it turns out this was a good move!

The bank in question has a large forecourt (mainly flat) and is elevated, with about 10 steps up to the door and a disabled ramp, zig-zagging, up to the same door, past the ubiquitous cash machine; This ATM was my focus.

On crutches again..!

Oh Joy! A few weeks to enjoy the pleasures of the crutches. At least there’ll be an upper body workout every time I go out.

Up the steps with my usual aplomb, performed technical wizardry with the technology as ever, regained the use of the cash card as the machine reported that it had indeed done as requested and the “PIN Unlocked”.


Trotted back down the steps, and started across the flat forecourt and disaster hit – I ‘cockled’ over on my right ankle; heard a sickening ‘crack’ and was viciously pulled to the ground by the usually non capricious Gravity.

Fearing the worst, I picked myself up and limped to the car…

Now at this point there wasn’t much beyond quite a sore feeling, so I travelled to my next appointment to pick up some kit, whereupon I met some more steps – I hobbled up them [painful] and I hobbled back down them [more painful]. There was also someone’s child there who told me I should go to hospital, so I did.

Bradford Royal was busy, there was around 6-8 people queuing for attention at the reception, and about 20-30 sat waiting in the seating area.

After the usual game of 20 questions, I asked for some pain killers, but “I’m not medically qualified to give you any – sorry” was the response.

So I endured what was about an hour, attempting to sit on plastic, bench style seats, with an ankle growing in both pain and girth. The swelling was, at this point, getting impressive, causing my shoe to become quite tight, and, upon removing said shoe, gained comments from a casual observer that “that’s broke, that”.

Assuming that meant she thought I’d broken my ankle – I must admit that I did too.

Finally Lisa popped her head out of her assigned cubicle and called my name, much hopping and hurting ensued until I was safely ensconced on the bed in the cubicle; which as it turns out is a little doorway on to what looked like a treatment area.

Lisa gave me drugs… I offered her a position on my Christmas card list as a reward.

A quick drive to the torture of the X-ray until [I was twisted in to some painful contortions], and then the longest wait on ‘minors’ whist they appeared to d nothing.

Finally after a cursory glance at the aforementioned X-rays I was bundled out of the treatment room in minors to wait for the attentions of someone who soon handed me a pair of crutches, and was thereafter summarily dismissed.

Not even a comment as to what I have managed to do to myself…

So now I have to perform R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice [until the swelling goes down], Compression and Elevation, for some weeks.

No cycling through the best few weeks of the summer for me then 🙁