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23 Irresistible KFC Copycat Recipes

KFC is one of the largest restaurant chains in the world. While many amateur cooks have tried to replicate the 11 herbs and spices used in their famous fried chicken with little to no success, these copycat recipes will bring you closer to recreating your favorite KFC dishes at home.

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Inspired By: KFC Original Recipe Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy and perfectly seasoned, this really is the best fried chicken recipe, ever. Summer reunions and neighborly gatherings will never be the same. —Lola Clifton, Vinton, Virginia

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Inspired By: KFC Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Mac and Cheese

You'll always have a winner at the potluck when you bring macaroni and cheese. Here's an extra-rich, creamy version for the slow cooker. —Jennifer Babcock, Chicopee, Massachusetts

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Inspired By: KFC Sweet N' Tangy Barbecue SauceTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Sweet N' Tangy Barbecue Sauce

I've never cared that much for store bought barbecue sauce. I just like to make things myself from scratch including this spicy, deep red-brown sauce. You'll find it clings well when you slather it on grilled meat. —Helena Georgette Mann, Sacramento, California

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Inspired By: KFC Extra Crispy Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

This Sunday dinner staple is first fried and then baked to a crispy golden brown. Well-seasoned with oregano and sage, this classic is sure to satisfy diners at church potlucks or late-summer picnics, too. I love fixing it for family and friends. —Donna Kuhaupt, Slinger, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: KFC Green BeansTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Green Beans

Green beans are a reliable standby, but they can seem ordinary on their own. Just a couple of extra ingredients give them a sweet and salty attitude. This is definitely my family's favorite way to enjoy them. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta

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Inspired By: KFC Hot WingsTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Hot Wings

These fall-off-the-bone-tender wings have just the right amount of heat. The cool blue cheese dressing creates the perfect flavor combination for dipping. —Kevalyn Henderson, Hayward, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: KFC Chocolate Chip CakeTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Chocolate Chip Cake

You don't have to spend a lot of time to serve an elegant and delicious dessert. Just mix up the batter in one bowl, bake and get ready for people to love this chocolate bundt cake. —Christa Hageman, Telford, Pennsylvania

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Inspired By: KFC Buttermilk Ranch SauceTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Buttermilk Ranch Sauce

Give this versatile mix in a decorative jar with instructions for making dip or dressing. Then tuck it into a gift basket along with a pretty serving bowl and snack crackers or chips. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Inspired By: KFC Grilled ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Grilled Chicken

I came up with this recipe in college and it's been a household staple ever since. It's a snap to throw together with ingredients I have on hand. —Kendra Doss, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Inspired By: KFC ColeslawTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Coleslaw

For me, this is the best coleslaw recipe because a package of shredded cabbage and carrots really cuts down on prep time. This creamy coleslaw recipe is great for potlucks or to serve to your family on a busy weeknight. —Renee Endress, Galva, Illinois

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Inspired By: KFC BiscuitsTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Biscuits

When I was young, my mom would make these biscuits with fresh cream she got from a local farmer. I don't go to those lengths, but the family recipe is still a real treat. —Beverly Sprague, Baltimore, Maryland

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Inspired By: KFC Chili Lime Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Chili Lime Fried Chicken

Who would have guessed that mixing maple syrup, chili sauce and lime juice would make chicken wings taste so good? Family and guests alike will scramble to ensure they get more than one of these utterly delicious wings—so be sure to make extras! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired By: KFC Honey Mustard SauceTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Honey Mustard Sauce

This fast, easy mustard with rice vinegar and honey has more flavor than any other honey mustard dressing I've ever tried. —Sharon Rehm, New Blaine, Arkansas

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Inspired By: KFC Seasoned Potato WedgesTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Seasoned Potato Wedges

I recommend serving these Parmesan potato wedges alongside a salad for a light lunch or serving them as a side dish with a chicken or beef entree. —Beth Ask, Ulster, Pennsylvania

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Inspired By: KFC Popcorn NuggetsTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Popcorn Nuggets

We devour these golden brown chicken nuggets at least once a week. If you want to tone down the heat, skip the chipotle pepper. —Cheryl Cook, Palmyra, Virginia

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Inspired By: KFC Mashed Potatoes & GravyTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

When it comes to mashed potatoes recipes, this is one of my favorites because they can be made ahead, refrigerated and then popped into the oven just prior to dinnertime. When my grandchildren come for dinner, I have to double this recipe. They love it! —Vivian Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Inspired By: KFC Chicken Pot PieTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Chicken Pot Pie

Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this recipe makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. This is the best chicken potpie recipe to have on hand when company comes over. —Karen Johnson, Bakersfield, California

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Inspired By: KFC Hot ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Hot Chicken

When our neighborhood has a cookout, I always take along this chicken and watch it quickly disappear! My family loves this recipe because of the zesty seasoning blend and no-fuss barbecue sauce. —Linda Scott, Hahira, Georgia

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Inspired By: KFC Summertime BBQ SauceTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Summertime BBQ Sauce

We love a barbecue sauce with all the right moves: ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, Worcestershire and brown sugar. —Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina

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Inspired By: KFC Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Chicken Strips

These strips are designed for kids, but tasty enough for company. The tender strips are moist and juicy and would also be great on a salad. —Becky Oliver, Fairplay, Colorado

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Inspired By: KFC BBQ RodsTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC BBQ Rods

This is the one chicken dish my son doesn't put ketchup on. You can make them on smaller skewers, too. — Kathy Martinez, Spring Valley, California

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Inspired By: KFC Finger Lickin' Good SauceTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Finger Lickin' Good Sauce

Say no to ho-hum barbecue. Add some zing to chicken or pork with our sauce. —Charlie and Ruthie Knote, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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Inspired By: KFC Georgia Gold Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired By: KFC Georgia Gold Fried Chicken

I get bored with the same old breaded chicken, so I came up with this simple recipe. The coating adds fast flavor to tender chicken cooked on the stovetop. —Laura Theofilis, Leonardtown, Maryland

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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