How to make Crispy and Crunchy KFC style fried chicken tenders

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

Some of you might be saying ICK! KFC is gross – I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. BUT, to those of you out there that get a craving for it every so often (like me!) then this recipe is for YOU! It’s basically a copycat recipe of the savory blend of spices that coat the chicken – I adapted it from this recipe that I found here. Get ready, because it takes alot of different spices, but lasts forever if you store it in an airtight container. I keep it in the spice cabinet labeled as “mommy’s secret fried chicken mix” …. because I love secret recipes like this!

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

KFC style spiced coating

Author: Jayna Denbow
  • 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. Combine all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender so it becomes uniform. Add 1/4 cup of the spice mixture for every 1 cup of flour to create chicken coating. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the mixture before it touches raw chicken to make a delicious gravy!

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

I store it in an old lunch meat container – works perfectly! Just measure out 1/4 cup of this special spice cocktail to 1 cup of flour and mix it up in a large container or paper sac. I like to use a large container with a lid because sometimes flour puffs out of the seams when you use a paper sac.

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

Another key thing is making sure you dredge your chicken in some buttermilk. If you don’t have any available, you can just use beaten eggs instead. I will say this for buttermilk – it makes for some tasty chicken and the coating really sticks to the chicken much better! See how thick it is on the chicken?

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

Then I dropped it into the flour/spice mixture container and shook it up (with the lid on, of course!)

KFC Style Fried Chicken ||

Once it was fully coated, I dropped it in the deep fryer and let it go for about 6-8 min or until it became crispy and deep golden on the outside. I always cut a test strip in half to make sure it’s cooked all the way through before I start turning stuff off.

This is my new go-to recipe I use whenever I say I am making fried chicken – my family NEVER complains!



Hi, I’m Jayna, a Wylie mom blogger living near Plano, Texas. I’m a Dessert love & recipe maker. Mom to a rowdy little boy. Coffee lover. Beloved wife and creator of Bellabyte Design Studio. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!



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  1. vera mallard says:

    Wow, the breast is my least favorite piece of chicken, but tonight I cut it in long medium strips, and used your recipe. The only thing I did different was that I marinated my strips in the buttermilk for about 2 hrs, other than that I went right by your instructions. It was wonderful, so tender and moist. Great recipe.

  2. Betty Grimes says:

    I plan to try this recipe. I was wondering what the temp. of the oil should be for frying. Thanks for a reply.

  3. Will be trying this Thank you

  4. Can these be “oven fried”…….at what temp and for how long?

    • I’ve never tried it that way, so I can’t speak for how it would turn out.. I’m guessing that it wouldn’t be quite the same – the fried factor is what really makes it a lot like KFC.

  5. ☺️I need a recipie for Olive Garden shrimp and grits


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