I reckon this tasty meal for two cost around £2-£2.50 to make! That’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a KFC delivery, read on for the recipe…

I can’t claim this recipe as one of my own. It’s a combination of a few that I read online with some tweaks to suit the ingredients I had available.

It’s one I’ve never made before but now it’ll be on my fakeaway list because it was surprisingly simple and seriously tasty!


  • Chicken pieces (I used thighs and drumsticks on the bone. The pack I used had two thighs and five drumsticks and the seasoning was more than enough for these).
  • 130g plain flour
  • 60g ground semolina (I only used this as I have loads in and it makes for a nice crunchy coating. You can replace this with more plain flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 clove of garlic (grated)
  • 200ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml vegetable oil for frying

As a bit of a side note, when it came to the herbs and spices, I just used what I had. Every recipe I read had different mixes from things like cayenne pepper, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cinnamon and so on. I think mine needed a bit of ground cumin and maybe a bit of chilli powder. Having said that, the coating I made was still mega tasty and crisp.

I’d recommend you just experiment with what you have in your cupboard. If you like spicer flavours, add chilli powder, cayenne pepper and so on. For more herby flavours, use more dried herbs.

The coating mix ingredients are enough for coat around 6 thighs and 6 drumsticks. I had plenty leftover which is why I double dipped and even then I still had some left from costing 7 pieces of chicken.


  • Start by whisking the egg and milk together in a bowl. This is for dipping your chicken pieces in.
  • Mix all your dry ingredients and garlic in a zip lock bag (I used a reusable sillicone freezer bag. A bowl or tray would work just as well).
  • Dip the chicken pieces into the milk/egg mix. Let the excess drip off the place the chicken into the dry mix.
  • Shake the bag to coat the chicken. Remove from the bag and place on a plate. Repeat until all chicken pieces are coated.
  • For a thicker and crispier coating you can double dip each piece of chicken by repeating the two steps above.
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok (pre the oven by preheating to 200 degrees). When the oil is hot, add a couple of pieces chicken. Cook in batches to ensure there is room in the pan for even cooking.
  • Fry the chicken for 3 minutes on each side then place on an oven tray. Continue cooking the chicken in batches until all pieces are fried.
  • Once all pieces are fried and on the tray, place in the oven for 20-30 minutes. I used a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken was cooked through to 75 degrees C.

And that’s it! It’s that easy!

When it comes to KFC style sides my go to is chips and gravy!

I used Bisto southern fried gravy mix. I’ve heard good things about the Mayflower southern fried gravy too! You could also do a simple corn on the cob, I recommend THESE Iceland mini frozen corn on the cob for £1. You could also serve it with some BBQ beans by heating a tin of baked beans with a squeeze of BBQ sauce.

I made KFC style skin on fries using three medium sized potatoes. Frozen chips would do the job too like THESE Morrison’s ones for 85p. If you want to try making your own just follow these simple steps:

  • Slice the potatoes into roughly 1cm wide chips.
  • Soak in cold water for ten minutes.
  • Turn on the heat and parboil for five-ten minutes.
  • Drain, then place in an oven proof dish with a drizzle of oil and some salt.
  • Leave in the oven for 30-40 minutes turning occasionally (or cook until until golden brown.

My favourite part of the meal was the chicken thighs. They were so juicy and crisp! I know not everyone like chicken on the bone so you could absolutely make this using chicken breast or mini fillets. I don’t think you’d have to oven cook after frying as they will cook much quicker. This is what is handy about having a meat thermometer. Mine was £2.50 from eBay.

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at making your own finger licking good chicken at home.

Thrifty Clair x


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