kfc original recipe chicken thigh

The Original Recipe Chicken thigh is the world’s most popular chicken, which is why KFC is the world’s largest fast-food chain. KFC combines its signature secret recipe and high-quality, authentic ingredients on the menu to create a classic taste that customers around the world have come to love.

Original Recipe chicken, the KFC original recipe, is the best chicken you can buy. It’s made from the best quality meats and has zero fillers or artificial ingredients. And because it’s made fresh each day, you can be sure you’re getting the best chicken in the world.

What if I told you that you could make the best KFC original recipe chicken thigh in town at home, without ever having to leave your neighborhood? What if I told you that the secret to making one is not difficult, and can be done in just a few minutes? You can also serve this kfc original chicken thigh recipe in a bun if you prefer, but the KFC style is most similar to the traditional version, so I’ll be discussing that version in this article. The KFC original recipe chicken thigh recipe I’m about to share is one of the most popular things I’ve ever made on my blog, and I’ve been making it for years.

How To Cook KFC’s original recipe chicken thigh

Now, as a huge KFC Original Recipe Chicken fan, I’m interested. The recipe test and with the single addition of MSG find that they’ve recreated that distinct amazing flavor.

So here it is, in all its glory. I did make a couple of adjustments in my side by side comparison during recipe testing.

  1. I ditched the MSG, if you want to add it back in, Accent Seasoning will do the trick and you can add ½ teaspoon for every pound of chicken used. It definitely seems to be the X factor here for that final kick of nostalgic flavor, so again if you want the 100% real deal, grab a canister and add away.
  2. I reduced the paprika by 1 tablespoon. The flavor seemed off to me, and in a comparison of color, I found 3 tablespoons to be a better representation of the original. Want to stick to the recipe the Chicago Tribune uncovered? Use the full 4 tablespoons.
  3. Last change, but a really big one. If you were to buy some KFC Original Recipe Chicken and really inspect the breading of the chicken you will find dark specks. Yes, those specks are your herbs and spices, but guess what else they are? Uniform. Maybe to hide the recipe since shapes may give away ingredients. Maybe to prevent the overpowering flavor of biting into an entire piece of dried thyme. Either way, I pulverized the thyme, basil, and oregano in my small food processor. Bingo, tiny specks. 😉
  4. I added more oil (truth: I used my deep fryer, but if you just add more oil, you’ll have a full deep fry in a larger stockpot) instead of the cast iron skillet fry that was done in the recipe as printed.

Thanks so much to the awesome folks at the Chicago Tribune for this KFC Original Recipe Chicken “copycat.”

I can’t drive that far, in fact, I’d be terrified too, so I simply take myself to KFC. Unfortunately, their chicken thigh is better than the original, and it has all the other non-KFC ingredients too (buttermilk, thick white sauce, bacon fat, etc.), so I end up sticking with the clone.

Does the KFC original recipe chicken have bones?

The ‘original recipe’ is just their secret mix of spices and herbs that they mix with flour to bread the chicken before it gets fried. All the original chicken parts had bones too – legs, wings, breasts, thighs. Later, they came up with things like popcorn chicken, which consisted of boneless chicken chunks that were breaded, but all the chicken is breaded the same way, with the original recipe breading.

Is it possible to deep fry chicken in superheated steam to produce KFC type of fried chicken?

Let me tell you a little secret. The Original Recipe chicken st KFC is cooked in a pressure fryer. That is, a giant pressure cooker full of hot oil. I assume this is not safe to try with a home pressure cooker.

In your opinion, what’s the best KFC chicken piece, and do you like the coleslaw and gravy?

KFC’s best piece IMO is their Original recipe thigh. And yes, I like the coleslaw and the gravy.

kfc original recipe chicken thigh

kfc original recipe chicken thigh

KFC Original Recipe Chicken uncovered by a food reporter from Colonel Sander's nephew and republished with all 11 herbs and spices to make picture perfect KFC chicken at home!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 peoples
Calories 729 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil leaves
  • 1/3 tbsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried mustard
  • 3 tbsp paprika (original recipe calls for 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp Accent Seasoning
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 chicken cut into 10 pieces
  • 1 vegetable oil for frying


  • Add the spices to a small food processor until they're all uniform in size and the thyme, basil and oregano aren't larger in size anymore.
  • Add the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices and mix with a whisk.
  • In a second larger bowl add the buttermilk and egg together and whisk until combined.
  • Add the chicken to the buttermilk mixture for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from the buttermilk soak and let any excess buttermilk drip off.
  • Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture on all sides, then shake off the excess coating.
  • Let it rest on a cookie sheet for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add oil to a deep fryer or a large pot that is at least 5 inches high so that the chicken can be fully submerged.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees and fry in small batches for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oil and add to a drying rack on top of a clean cookie sheet.
  • If you add it to a paper towel or newspaper the bottom of the chicken will steam from the heat and become soft.


  • So here it is, in all its glory. I did make a couple of adjustments in my side-by-side comparison during recipe testing. More details of how/why are available in the post above this recipe card.
  • I ditched the MSG.
  • I reduced the paprika by 1 tablespoon.
  • I pulverized the thyme, basil, and oregano in my small food processor.
  • I added more oil
    Thanks so much to the awesome folks at the Chicago Tribune for this KFC Original Recipe Chicken “copycat.”
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