EASY RECIPE: Gluten Free KFC Fakeaway (dairy free)

22nd January 2019
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Missing KFC? Well, the good news is that its actually pretty easy to make a gluten, dairy free version at home. This is my easy peasy recipe with lots of tips on how to make the perfect homemade gluten free KFC.

Its going to look like a LOT of herbs… but actually, if you stay away from the big name brands, they’re mega cheap to buy. Much cheaper than a real KFC too. Make a big batch of the spice mix and keep in the cupboard for when the KFC cravings kick in! I’ve also broken down the Spice Mix into 2: “compulsory” and “optional”. If I’ve gone one herb too many, you can omit any of the herbs optional list and you’ll still have a super yummy recipe.

gluten free kfc

I made some BBQ beans on the side by using a tin of Heinz and a squeeze of Heinz BBQ sauce.

My gravy is ALWAYS gluten free Bisto – in it usual red container but with a green label across the top and found in the free from aisle of most supermarkets.

And if youre wondering what the bacon wrapped stuffing is doing in the picture, I made this platter for my family at Xmas and never intended to use the photo haha – on that note, Morrisons stuffing parcels are the best.

Ok… so here goes… my gluten free KFC recipe!!

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Gluten Free KFC Fakeaway

Tastes just like the real thing!! Easy peasy recipe with lots of pictures and tips to help you achieve the perfect homemade gluten free KFC.
You need to use the "compulsory" herbs to get the best taste. The others are delish but optional so dont worry if you havent got them in your cupboard.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coeliac, dairy free, free from, fried chicken, gluten free, kfc


Herb Mix (compulsory!)

  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Few grinds of pepper

Herb Mix (optional)

  • 2 tsp marjoram - or an extra sprinkle of oregano, sage and basil
  • 1 tsp asafoetida - or onion powder if youre not low fodmap
  • 1 tsp celery salt - I love this but if I’ve gone one herb too many for you, leave it out!

The Rest

  • 2-3 chicken breasts - Can also use thighs or drumsticks – skin on or off, up to you
  • 100 grams Gluten free plain flour
  • 1 whole egg
  • Cooking oil - enough to cover the base of the pan


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180oC.
  • Cover an oven tray with baking paper.
  • If you're using chicken breasts, now is the time to cut each breast into strips or into bite-sized chunks for popcorn chicken if you'd like to! You can also keep them as whole breasts if you'd prefer. 
  • Beat an egg into one bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix together all the herbs and flour. 
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg to completely coat it. Then dip into the flour and transfer onto a plate. Repeat for all your pieces of chicken.
  • Add a few tbsp of oil to a large frying pan (enough oil to cover the base of the pan)
  • Once the oil is hot (should sizzle when you put a bit of chicken in), quickly place all of your chicken pieces into the pan. Fry whole breasts/strips for about 20 seconds on each side or popcorn chicken for 10 seconds.
    TIP: you only want to seal the flour, you don’t want them to turn golden brown yet otherwise they’ll get very very dark in the oven. Edge on the side of too little time in the frying pan!
    TIP 2: if you’re cooking for more than two people, you might want to clean out the oil and replace with fresh halfway as the oil can get gunky (can’t think of a better word here haha). 
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, place onto the baking tray.
  • Cook in the oven for 10mins or until golden and the chicken is cooked through.


Spice Mix:
I keep a big jar of this mix in my cupboard so I haven’t got to mix it up every time. If you do that, take 4 tbsp of herb mix per 100g of plain flour every time you want it.
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Want more takeaway options? Beer battered fish/prawns? Prawn Toast? Message me if there is something else you would like me to have a go at making!! Pinch of Nom could give you lots of ideas too.


  • Neera

    21st August 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Jessica, asafoetia almost always contains wheat. Which brand are you using? I’ve had hard time finding one without gluten. I’ve ordered some on Amazon, which claimed/labeled as gf, but when I tested it in my Nima (gluten testing device) it resulted in gluten found. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. jkitchengf

      12th September 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Interesting – I use Schwartz – definitely doesnt contain gluten. Heres a link to the ingredients 🙂 https://www.schwartz.co.uk/products/herbs-and-spices/spices/asafoetida

  • Paul Harvey

    1st January 2021 at 8:13 pm

    5 stars
    Just tried this and was amazed how close it tasted to kfc

    Brilliant recipe! Thank you

  • Mary

    26th January 2022 at 4:12 pm

    When you say plain gf flour are you meaning an all purpose gf flour? Just need a clarification on that. Thanks. Recipe sounds good.

    1. jkitchengf

      1st February 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Hey! I usually use “freee plain flour” but an all purpose flour will do the job too

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