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KFC Chicken Sandwich (But Better)

We've beaten KFC before... and we're going to do it again.... hopefully. This time with the coveted homemade chicken sandwich, with...

We've beaten KFC before... and we're going to do it again.... hopefully. This time with the coveted homemade chicken sandwich, with homemade buns.


Servings: 4-6


Dough Changes:

  • 2 additional tablespoons of sugar

  • 3.5 additional tablespoons of water

Bread and Butter Pickles-

  • 2 English cucumbers (seedless)

  • 1/2 sweet onion

  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 1.5 cups white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (we have)


  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • Salt to taste

  • Instantized Umami mushroom powder to taste (optional)

  • 1.25 cup oil

Fried Chicken:


  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2lbs chicken thighs

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1.5 teaspoons MSG

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

11 herbs and spices flour:

  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2.5 tablespoons salt

  • 1.25 tablespoons MSG

  • 3.5 tablespoons paprika

  • 3 tablespoons white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder

  • 2 teaspoons celery powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano


Pickles Method:

  1. Slice cucumbers into ½-inch rounds as well as sweet onions. Place in a half-gallon jar. Shake to toss.

  2. In a medium saucepot, add granulated sugar, kosher salt, white distilled vinegar, water, celery seeds, and mustard seeds. Set over medium-high.

  3. Once the sugar dissolves and begins to boil, remove from heat and whisk in turmeric powder.

  4. Immediately pour the liquid over the sliced cucumbers and onions. Place a medium-size plastic bag filled with water into the jar to keep everything submerged.

  5. Let them rest at room temperature until cooled down to room temperature.

Mayo Method:

  1. Crush and thinly slice the garlic. Bring together and roughly chop, add a pinch of salt, continue chopping, bringing together and smearing, and chopping until paste forms.

  2. In a medium bowl, add in the egg yolks, garlic paste, dijon mustard, water, lemon juice, salt, and umami mushroom powder (optional). Whisk to combine.

  3. While whisking, slowly stir in the oil until fully added and combined.

Chicken Method:

  1. For the marinade, whisk together all the ingredients. Add the chicken thighs, toss to coat, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  2. For the seasoning, add all-purpose flour to a large bowl. Separately blend together mustard seeds, black peppercorns, and celery seeds. Add to the all-purpose flour.

  3. To the all-purpose flour, add the rest of the spices into the bowl and whisk until fully combined.

  4. Fill a heavy bottom pot with enough vegetable oil and heat to 350F.

  5. Drizzle a little of the marinade into the flour dredge and toss it together. Place a piece of chicken in the flour and thoroughly coat on all sides. Press to adhere. Rinse and repeat with the remaining chicken.

  6. Fry 2-3 pieces of chicken (depending on the size of your pot) for 4-6 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.


  1. Slice and toast the buns.

  2. Hit the bottom layer with mayo and top with pickles.

  3. Add on the chicken.

  4. Add a layer of mayo to the top bun.

  5. Place top bun on top.

9 opmerkingen

Phil Cole
Phil Cole
09 jul. 2023

I can tell you that KFC does not marinade their chicken. They simply use a dried milk bath then toss it in their flour mixture.


12 sep. 2022

The best chicken sandwich that I have ever made and had. The buns, you HAVE to make them. They are soft, buttery, and perfect.


Joshua Tinson
Joshua Tinson
27 aug. 2022

I've made this multiple times and my friends and family love it! They've taken to calling it JFC (Josh Fried Chicken) lol. I point out the recipe is not mine but yours. Then I realize we're both named Josh so you are getting credit haha


27 jul. 2022

Strange but does anyone know the second instrumental in this video?


29 okt. 2021

few comments for the breading/flour coating:

- salt definetly needs to be reduced, I used about 1.25 tbsp which turned out perfect, I'm glad I didn't follow the recipe on that one.

- Pepper needs to be reduced imo - I used the pepper according to the recipe and turned out quite a bit too peppery, althogh I did sub half of the white pepper for black.

- replace HALF of your plain flour with cornflour (cornstarch) for a more crispy coating! i did this and turned out great

- add 0.5 baking powder (not soda), it helps with texture.

- add chilli powder and cayenne pepper if you are a fan, i used 1 tsp chilli 2 tbsp cayenne…


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