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Make KFC-Style Hot Wings at Home

Updated on March 3, 2017

KFC Hot Wings Are Surprisingly Easy to Duplicate in Your Own Kitchen

Hello, my name is Sarah, and I am a KFC hot wings fan.

I got the urge to attempt making them myself a few weeks ago and did some research on Google, only to discover that there were massively conflicting recipes that were blindly copied (probably never even tested) everywhere claiming to have unlocked the big secret.

So, I did what I do best... I took some of the advice I read and I used my own cooking experience combined with experimentation to come up with the flavors and textures I was looking for in my wings.

Below I have outlined the step-by-step process that I used to make my delicious KFC-style hot wings. I won't sit here and pretend that they're an exact match, but I will say that they're pretty darn close, and they really hit the spot!

Serving Size

Serves: 1-12

Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Wing Pieces
  • Hot Sauce Marinade
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 4 Tsp Hot Paprika or Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Grainules
  • Cooking Oil

Instructions

  1. Coat wings in marinade and leave in refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours, preferably leave overnight.
  2. Remove wings from marinade and let excess drip away allowing whatever is stuck to the wings to remain.
  3. Put flour, spices, and salt in a large plastic freezer bag and beat the egg in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Coat the wings one at a time by first throwing a marinade moistened wing into the freezer bag full of flour and spices and blow in some air so that you can give it a good shake to coat. Then dip the coated wing in the egg, allowing the extra to drip back in the bowl and throw it in the bag of flour for a second flour bath. Place coated wing aside to rest while you coat the rest.
  5. Heat up enough cooking oil to almost submerge a wing on medium until it bubbles vigorously if you sprinkle some flour in. Cookers differ greatly so if your medium high isn't too high you might want to use this setting instead. the important thing is that they are in the oil long enough to cook the meat through without burning the coating. It's a very delicate balance.
  6. Next add the chicken 3-5 pieces at a time so as to not bring the temperature of the oil down too much and fry them on both sides for a total of about 4-5 minutes until they are very dark.
  7. Some of the paprika might turn black during this process, but don't worry, your chicken wings won't taste burnt.
  8. Remove from oil and allow to dry on a baking rack.
  9. You can also pat dry with paper towels to remove any stubborn oil.
  10. Be sure to test one of them done-ness and allow oil to heat back up before you proceed to the next batch.
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Detailed Instructions

Chop Wings Into Sections And Marinate In Hot Sauce

For the purpose of this page 1 chicken wing = one chicken wing half. Because this is based on KFC wings I've cut them up as such. You can of course not bother chopping up your wings but this will affect the ingredients required as well as frying time.

Let your wings soak for at least 6 hours in a spicy store bought hot sauce marinade (hot as you dare). Overnight would be best. I used one by Nandos (readily available in most UK supermarkets) but anything will do, just use your favorite.

After the wings are sufficiently marinaded remove them from the goo and let the excess drip back into the container so that they can be coated. Do NOT wipe them, just let anything that's drippy fall off.

Coat Wings

Next you need to acquire a plastic bag and add the flour and spices.

Hot Paprika is very red and once it's mixed with the flour, the flour should be slightly pink.

Beat the eggs in a bowl and set to one side.

Lay out a strip of aluminum foil on your counter top so that the wings have somewhere to live after they are coated and before they are fried.

The best way to coat the wings in a bag is to do them one at a time. First take the wing (still coated in marinade goo) and pop it in the bag with the flour and spices. Blow some air in and shake it up to coat the wing.

Alternatively get a plastic container with a lid and do the wings in there a few at a time. Far less mess!

Next dip the coated wing in the egg and let the excess egg drip away and then give it another flour bath.

Lay Them Out

Lay coated wing out on the foil to rest and proceed to the next wing to repeat the process.

If the flour on the coated wings starts to look a bit wet as the coating settles, don't worry about it, they don't need to be re-coated.

Fry Those Spicy Little Wings

Underdone Poultry Is Bad

No, really... it's important that you get this step right or you could end up with food poisoning.

Heat up enough cooking oil to almost submerge a wing on medium until it bubbles vigorously if you sprinkle some flour in. Cookers differ greatly so if your medium high isn't too high you might want to use this setting instead. the important thing is that they are in the oil long enough to cook the meat through without burning the coating. It's a very delicate balance.

Next add the chicken 3-5 pieces at a time so as to not bring the temperature of the oil down too much and fry them on both sides for a total of about 4-5 minutes until they are very dark.

Some of the paprika might turn black during this process, but don't worry, your chicken wings won't taste burnt.

Remove Extra Oil

Remove from oil and allow to dry on a baking rack. (obviously not the same baking rack that you used for the raw chicken)

You can also pat dry with paper towels to remove any stubborn oil.

Be sure to test one of them for done-ness and give the oil a minute to come back to temperature before you proceed to the next batch.

Serve Em Up

And you're finished! Impress your family and friends and enjoy!

Will You Be Making Some Wings This Weekend?

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Looks yummy! I love hot and spicy food!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Hope so. I love spicy chicken wings so much that I am now suffering from acid reflux due to too much chili.

    • Meganhere profile image

      Meganhere 3 years ago

      Yes, I want some after seeing these pictures!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      so easy to make and yummy!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      What a delicious lens, so yummy it makes my mouth water. I love love love hot wings!!! Nice job and very well done.

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      rkhadija96 4 years ago

      gonna try this right away :D

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      I love hot wings but I've never tried to make them. Your pictures make it look easy.

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      rosiembanks 4 years ago

      Yum! This is a great lens - really easy to follow recipe and a great alternative to fast food.

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      sbaiju 4 years ago

      IMO your recipie is much better and hygiene. god only knows what they are adding in fast food now a days

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      I'm going to try these. I love KFC but the nearest one to me is in Madrid 20 miles away. Thanks for sharing.

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      I have stopped eating anything fried..unfortunately... but those wings look delicious! =(

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      Melissa 4 years ago from Florida

      Can't wait to try your recipe!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent recipe. Will give it a try for sure!

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      FirstClassShaving 4 years ago

      No,but I am going to eat them...:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish to eat this now

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      MarieJS 4 years ago

      Sounds to me like you have just about the perfect KFC wings recipe....

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Yummy Lens :)

      Thanks for sharing how to make KFC style hot wings.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I haven't eaten at KFC since, oh, the late '80s... but your recipe looks scrumptious!

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      Mmmmm! I don't visit fast food places these days but wouldn't mind giving these a try.

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Good lens

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      I love hot wings and have never found a recipe that tastes good from home., I look forward to trying this one at home. Sounds great!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for sharing your KFC Style Hot Wings Recipe. We have gotten to that age where we can no longer handle a lot of spicy food but these sure look tempting