KFC Chicken Wings


When is a secret not a secret? If you are going to make KFC wings, that’s when! We’ve experimented, chopped, changed and mixed until we have come up with, what we believe to be, the secret spice recipe to make authentic KFC wings. It will be impossible to keep it to yourself as everyone will want to know how you made them! In this recipe we are going to teach you how to make authentic KFC fried wings.

kfc hot wings

Fried chicken is always utterly delicious. It is an unusual meat for several reasons. First, we just adore that, like a popsicle, it comes on its own convenient ‘stick’, it is the perfect ‘finger food’. Secondly unlike some other types of meats, the cheaper cuts can often be the best. The ‘dark’ meat of a chicken is rich and slightly fatty, meaning it is loaded with juice and flavor. When this is combined with a savory crispy deep-fried coating, the taste is out of this world. Lets see how you can make your homemade KFC wings “finger licking good”.

How To Make KFC Chicken Wings

Ok, let’s be upfront…

This recipe needs a little planning in advance, as there is some preparation involved. But trust us it will be worth it. The first thing you are looking for is moist and juicy chicken. Wings are not the thickest of meats, and you want soft and juicy Kentucky Fried wings, that are not tough and dried after cooking. To ensure they stay juicy you will need to soak your chicken in buttermilk. This serves a few of purposes.

By soaking your chicken wings in buttermilk, you give the crispy coating something to stick to. But perhaps more importantly buttermilk is slightly acidic. Acids tend to soften meats up and when they soak in, they break down the proteins ever so slightly meaning it eliminates chewiness. Winner-winner chicken dinner (well sort of).

Another reason we soak the wings in buttermilk is that it actually forms part of a marinade. By marinading our KFC wings, we ensure that it isn’t just the outer crispy coating that tastes good. The chicken inside will too. We combine elements of herbs and spices to soak into the chicken.

When it comes to coating your wings we use a few standard techniques combined with our version of the KFC secret spice recipe. By adding some cornstarch you will ensure that your coating is crispy. The herbs that we add aren’t anything particularly complicated, and you should be able to get them at any stores, if you don’t have them already.

Well, we think you are ready….

 Let’s roll up our sleeves and make one of the best options from the KFC menu.

KFC Hot Chicken Wings

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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You might have tried KFC hot wings before but if you’ve ever thought about making this Kentucky fried chicken recipe yourself, you’re in luck.


  • For the marinade
  • 15 chicken wings.

  • 600 ml 600 buttermilk

  • 1 head 1 of garlic, crushed

  • 20 g 20 yellow mustard

  • 2 g 2 black pepper

  • 2 g 2 salt

  • For the wings coating
  • 240 g 240 flour

  • 200 g 200 corn flour

  • 3 tsp 3 sweet paprika

  • 3 tsp 3 marjoram

  • 3 tsp 3 oregano

  • 2 tsp 2 thyme

  • 3 tsp 3 garlic granules

  • Large pinch of salt

  • Large pinch of black pepper

  • 2 liters 2 canola oil


  • In a large bowl whisk all of the ingredients for your marinade together. Add the chicken wings and stir until they are evenly coated. (it is up to you if you want to separate them or leave them whole)
  • Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Once the time is up, heat a large pan on medium-high heat and add the oil. Whilst you are waiting for the oil to heat, Remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator. In a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  • When the oil is at the desired temperature (using the spoon test). Take an individual chicken wing out of the bowl and quickly drop it into the bowl of coating. Ensure it is fully covered in the mix and then drop it (carefully) into the pan of hot oil. Repeat this process for between 5 – 10 chicken wings.
  • Fry the wings for around 10 minutes until the outer coating is a deep golden brown, then remove and let rest on a piece of kitchen paper whilst you fry the remaining wings.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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Tips & Tricks

When it comes to actually frying your chicken we want to go through a few top tips to make sure you get the perfect KFC wings. If you ignore this advice you may very well end up with soggy wings (shudder).

Make sure you use enough oil. If your wings aren’t fully submerged they will cook at different rates. You will want to ensure that your wings have an even crispy coating all the way around.

You will always want to use fresh oil. If you use oil that has seen better days you may find that your wings taste more like whatever you have previously cooked in the oil. Who want’s fried chicken wings that taste of burnt onions or fish? Yuck!

Our final tip is key to ensuring that you get perfect crispy KFC hot wings every time. It comes in two parts. First make sure that the oil is hot enough. We test this by dipping a dry wooden spoon into the oil. When you do this you want to see a lot of bubbles. No bubbles, heat the oil for longer. It works every single time.

Second, do not overcrowd the pan. Whilst we know you can’t wait to get your hands on some crispy authentic KFC wings, if you put too many in at once you will find that the coating won’t crisp up properly and will end up being greasy or in bits. It is better to cook two or even three batches and get perfect KFC wings than to try and rush and end up with a poor result.


Our key tips to success in making our genuine KFC hot wings recipe is to avoid overcrowding the pan, ensuring the oil is hot, and making sure you allow the buttermilk marinade to do its work. Provided you follow these steps, your homemade KFC recipe should be a real hit. Just make sure you have enough napkins for everyone to mop their fingers afterwards.

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