KFC Recipe Clone Test Episode #5 – Cracking KFC At Home! Welcome back to our quest to crack the KFC Recipe at home. As we inch closer to a really great copycat 11 herbs and spices recipe, we are trying out a bunch of recipes sent in by viewers. The copycat KFC recipe today was sent in by Earl, and is really close to what we’re hoping to achieve. At the conclusion of this series we will have a near perfect copycat KFC recipe that you can make at home.

12g MSG
12g white pepper
9.2g black pepper
1.3g garlic salt
5.2g sage
2.72g coriander seed
2.08g summer savory
1.8g ground ginger
1.04g clove
.96g allspice
.92 oregano
.92g cayenne

Place all ingredients in a spice grinder; grind and shake to combine.
Preheat pressure fryer to 165ºC.
Mix together 13g spice to 200g flour and 24g salt
Prepare an egg wash of 1 egg to 1 cup of milk.
Dip chicken in egg wash, then dredge in flour spit mix.
Deep fry until golden brown and cooked through.

Recreating KFC Recipe? Why Bother? Episode #1: https://youtu.be/uN3QZQmb0Dw
Searching For Colonel Sanders In Kentucky KFC Episode #2: https://youtu.be/tbS_hHxoTpM
Taste Testing KFC Copycat Recipes – Episode #3: https://youtu.be/jujTI8KvAFI
Cloning KFC Secret Recipe – KFC At Home Episode #4: https://youtu.be/g6RPP_9Lwbc
KFC Recipe Clone Test Episode #5 – Cracking KFC At Home: https://youtu.be/mHau8ZJCHD4

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0:00 Welcome to episode 5 of Cracking the KFC Recipe
0:44 Mixing the 11 herbs and spices for KFC
2:01 Breading the KFC clone chicken recipe
3:19 Pressure Frying the KFC clone chicken recipe
3:46 Pulling the KFC clone chicken from the fryer
4:08 Taste testing the KFC clone chicken recipe

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2xmeat · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Kfc whole pieces taste like there is fish sauce in it?

HK Lawn Masters · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

This is mine.

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground white pepper

Tim G · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Hell yea! Teach me your secrets

Juan Josè Da Rosa · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Make milanesa

Metric Jester · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I don't know if this has been answered before, but how long do you bench rest your flour dusted chicken? This is the secret to good fried chicken that I didn't know existed until after my friend had worked at a KFC for a while. He told me that after they dust the chicken, it sits on a wire mesh tray over top of the flour bin waiting to jump in the hot tub. It'll sit there for up to 2 batches if they are making a lot of chicken in a row. That's at least 20 minutes of bench rest on that already floured chicken.

NorthWoodsDiver · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Are you soaking the chicken in a brine first?

Alex S · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Brining the chicken beforehand will give a totally different flavour profile, many variables there too in terms of ingredients.

TheRealChetManley · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Glad this series is back. I was wondering if I missed it…

Chef May I · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I like to save all of my fried chicken skin and put it into a container in my fridge. I save it for about a year and then on my birthday, I will heat it up in the oven and just crunch away while watching my favorite movie Hannibal.

Erik Thiart · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Poor earl

vanscoyoc · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I saw an industrious person have KFC chemically analyzed. salt, pepper, MSG. That's it. That is the secret recipe. I'm sure decades ago 13 herbs and spices but no longer. Should still be good chicken but not modern KFC

IAK katz · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Why the fascination with KFC. Personally I believe that if the colonel was alive today he wouldn't recognize the product. I remember liking it as a teen and when first married (43yrs ago) but not so much for the last decade or so. Locally for example we have a Chester Fried Chicken we enjoy more. Does KFC still have only 11 herbs and spices and are they still the same. Sorry, I think not. I don't watch TV much but I don't remember hearing that claim lately. Stay safe, stay healthy

Lantanana · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Where's the mashed potatoes and coleslaw? Lol

Chungus · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I'm seeing lots of comments saying they're glad the series is back and so am I but can you also help out Glen by buying a membership its only 99 cents every month that's nothing out of our pockets and some welcomed help for Glen, so if you can buy a membership, you get a cool little emoji next to your name when you comment just like mine and you help out Glen. Also Glen if you read this maybe if you want make another membership tier because I would honestly give more than 99 cents per month seeing how often you upload recipes.

D Mit · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I thought msg needs …salt and sugar too work…….

Holy_Mess · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Whoa, that fryer is a beast. 😮 It must be a mission to set that up. 😅
I wonder if the flour could be a reason why it wasn't similar; perhaps they use a blend. It's been so long since I've eaten fast food that it's hard for me to remember the taste, aside from a strong pre-ground black pepper flavor. 🤔
Was something bothering you today, Glen? I'm a little concerned. 😓
Thanks, guys. Much love. 🤗

l wilton · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

The drumsticks you cooked looked considerably juicer and plumper than the real KFC. I wonder if better chicken in any way played in to the taste. (Not that I think chicken has all that much taste of its own anyway.)

Greg Newberry · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Glen, thanks for the update. When I worked there, the milk/egg mix was the norm. then into the flour, shake off all the excess. There was no extra crispy at that time. Only original recipe. I wonder if some people are thinking of the org vs. x/crispy ? The org was never marinated.

Michael · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Earl seemed to have some, Idk how to put it other than, more fancier spices than I would expect in KFC. Ex: Ginger and Clove I wouldn't expect KFC to use either.

Kenjiro5775 · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

This series is interesting. Trying to guess at 11 herbs and spices is difficult enough. Getting the proportions close is a challenge too. Eagerly awaiting the final iteration, but the journey is great fun to watch.

باسل الدوسري · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Maybe it would work if you quadruple the amount of MSG 😂

michael macias · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I'm a little confused you said Earl's recipe only has 10 h&s making the MSG the 11th. but in the description. There are 11 h&S listed. it looks like the one you didn't use was summer savory.
Now in regards to Earl's recipe. It's close but its missing a lot. First of all get rid of the garlic salt or anything garlic get rid of the oregano. A lot of KFC copycat recipes have these but they shouldn't its too obvious. yes it would make any fried chicken recipe taste good. but it wont taste like KFC.
So the majority of the ingredients are on the right track. The white and black pepper, the sage, the savory, coriander and the ginger..especially the ginger. there needs to be more ginger.
As far as the cloves and allspice I'm still playing around with those. I don't know if its necessary to have both but regardless they should be in very small amounts. ( I think the measurements in this recipe are good)
There might be cayenne in the O.R. but I would use red pepper flakes (ground of course) it may not make a difference to some but try it.

I have a number of recipes with several variations. if you're interested I'll send you one of them.
Note: I don't have a pressure fryer but my fried chicken still comes out juice and flavorful on the inside. and that is because of the way I season the chicken.

Can't wait to see the other recipes.

mconwell · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

These KFC videos are the original reason I subscribed to your channel

eternalsnows · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Glen was mauled by a bear while plating the chicken. Canada is a dangerous place!

Jay Erjavec · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

This should totally be a blind test just because it would give less biased result. Otherwise, thanks for sharing, will try this upcoming weekend. Warmest regards from Austria.

pschroeter1 · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Speaking of changes KFC has made over the years, I remember when they were a sit down restaurant with waitresses and made milk shakes in blenders and brought you a glass and the metal blender cup. I'm never going to have a pressure fryer, but I would like to find something close I oven fry.

Kenny Roberts · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

KFC brines their chicken is the biggest secret

imallfordabulls · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Congrats on the 300K!

Angus MacRoy · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

To me the KFC gravy has the same flavors as the Original recipe chicken, have you tried putting brown gravy mix in as a spice? To me there is a slight beef gravy taste to the chicken. Getting the gravy right might help in getting the chicken right.

Jakob Morningstar · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Glen seems under the weather in this video.. hope all is well, stay healthy!

john mirbach · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am


Gini · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Yay 300k!

Subversive · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I think the modern day recipe must include corn syrup in the breading.

rwfromm · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

needed more msg i think…a lot more

debeeriz · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

i just use salt pepper and msg, the trick to getting it to taste like kfc is after it comes out of the ordinary deep fryer to put it in a 150c oven for 30 min so skin goes soggy like kfcs

AnatharFrost · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

As a former KFC cook I can tell the chicken is not marinated in any way before frying. it is dipped in water to make sure there is no blood left on it from the thawing process and as a "binding agent so the breading will stick to it. Also I would say Earls recipe was short on its amount of black pepper.

SandboxFedaykin · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

1:1 white pepper to msg? Hmmm

Antony Daniels · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

There’s something unsettling about watching this with headphones and hearing all the noises 😂😂but glad to see the series back

John Kelly · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I don't remember if you've tried it before, but when I looked into the KFC recipe probably 20 years ago, I read that Fines Herbes were likely used. I've used them in my own chicken and love the result, but I'm not doing KFC style.

KDG · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

As usual: these only work if you do them while blindfolded.

Mad Max · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I have a recipe for it, get in the car and drive to KFC abd buy it lol, but with covid right now you can't xD

Robert Hunter · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I didn't see tarragon. There is definitely tarragon in KFC's original recipe.

acoow · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Drop the allspice and clove. Instead of adding salt to the flour, salt the chicken 30-60 minutes before. The salt really needs to have more time to get into the meat.

Irsyad Shac · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Yesss thank you for keeping the series going!! 🍗

TBNTX · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am


Sean Taylor · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

I got a KFC bucket ad on this video lol

acoow · April 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

Just checking the comments to see who was triggered by the MSG.

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