KFC Eleven Herbs and Spices for Fried Chicken Copycat

KFC Eleven Herb and Spices Copycat Mix
Note: this recipe came from a newspaper clipping claiming to be a KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Clone.  I did not develop this recipe and I know that it is not an exact match. 

My husband grew up eating fried chicken often.  His mom made it about once a week.  She always made mashed potatoes and the most amazing milk gravy to go with it.  I learned after a few years of marriage that the gravy was so good because she would drain most of the oil out of the frying pan in which she had cooked the chicken and then she’d make the gravy there, with the little bits of meat and fried outer stuff from the chicken.  It was so good, I can almost still taste it.KFC eleven herbs and spices copycat

Not only did they eat friend chicken once a week, it was also their travel food of choice.  There were certain fried chicken joints along the interstate where they’d always stop.  When my husband and I got married and took our first trip, he ran to Albertson’s and bought an eight piece bag of friend chicken for the cooler.  I made pizza.   Pizza was my family’s travel food of choice.  So we set off across a few states.  He ate his chicken and I ate my pizza.  Over the years, I stopped making pizza, opting instead for sandwiches.  We still stop at least once at a KFC for fried chicken.  It’s become our family’s travel food of choice, too.

Many, many years ago, my husband found this recipe in a newspaper.  He clipped it for me and brought it home.  I think it was a hint that I didn’t make enough of his favorite savory treat.  I am the health freak of the family.  Fried chicken isn’t a staple.  It’s an event.  When I do actually deign to fry, these eleven herbs and spices sure add a great flavor to the chicken.  I have also found that they make  a pretty good rub for steak and pork chops on the grill.

KFC eleven herbs and spices copycat


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KFC Eleven Herbs and Spices for Fried Chicken Copycat
  • 2 T paprika
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp allspice
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a glass jar. When ready to make your fried chicken, add 2 Tbsp to 2½ cups flour. Fry or oven-fry chicken as you normally would.


20 thoughts on “KFC Eleven Herbs and Spices for Fried Chicken Copycat

  1. >Thanks so much for bringing your cool recipe to Tasty Tuesday!! It caught my husband’s attention real quick! On one of our motorhome trips we stopped by the ORIGINAL KFC to eat! We took photos outside and everything! How funny is that??? I’m going to give this a try!

  2. >I LOVE KFC! What a great post! I’ve copied down all the ingredients, but it looks like I’ll have to go to the store before I can try it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. >Hi, Kristin!!!

    Today is also my 100th post on my Elegant Blessings blog…we’re both celebrating!! lol

    Linked to your blog from jayedees….love it!!

    Annie Kelley, waving like crazy!!

  4. >What a fun recipe to share with everyone!! Thanks you. This is just the kind of thing that I love, on Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Glad you participate, each week.

  5. >Good luck with your weight loss. I know how stressful that can be. I am always trying to lose weight. Hope your week is happy! God bless.

  6. cant wail till i try this one. love kfc chicken i will try it for my boyfriend i have tried other copycats and he thinks i am the greatest cook i tried cracker barrel hash brown casserole he loved it…mary

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe it sounds so good and my husband and I love KFC we go there a lot. We just had to try this and see what we think of this I will make it this weekend for sure. Thank you so much

  8. I used one cup of flour instead of the 2 1/2 cups recommend but added salt since I didn’t have onion salt, just onion powder. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am so glad it worked for you! I am notorious for changing recipes, so I love hearing how readers make over recipes to fit their tastes 🙂

  9. More than just the 11 herbs and spices are not a match. For those of us old enough to remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken first came about you’d know the “original” recipe was made in a pressure cooker, not fried. Their “crispy” version didn’t come about till several years later.

  10. I worked on the Board of Trustees at KFC you’re off by several of your ingredients. I’d love to tell you but I took an oath . Keep posting ingredients I can’t tell you when you’re right but I can tell you when you’re not wrong. Thanks Monica

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