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Here is how to make the best chicken seasoning rub just like Kentucky Fried Chicken. This KFC spice blend is perfect for loading on chicken before air frying. You can store it in your pantry and use it whenever you cook air fryer fried chicken.

It is so easy to make that 4 year old Jorge will be showing you how to make the KFC 11 herbs and spices recipe, then use it one of many of our KFC chicken recipes.  

We originally shared with you this KFC spice blend in 2016 and wanted to update it today for you with new photos and extra ideas.

KFC Spice Blend recipe
KFC Spice Blend Recipe
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KFC Spices

True Milner family fact…..My wonderful husband Dominic is allergic to KFC chicken.

Yes, I said it.

How can someone be allergic to something that tastes so amazing???

It took us many years to realise this and often prior to the air fryer a bad diet was blamed and so was IBS.

We found out he was allergic to both tarragon and sage. And I am sure you are aware with tarragon being the best seasoning for a homemade chicken rub, it was why he had such a problem with KFC.

Our solution was a slight modification to the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken spices, and we cooked the chicken in the air fryer instead.

Today, is all about showing you how to make your own homemade KFC spice blend to be able to cook the best ever air fryer KFC chicken.


How Does KFC Cook Their Chicken?

Firstly, lets talk about how KFC cook their chicken, because then you can understand the way we adapt it to the air fryer.

Firstly, they use pieces of chicken from a whole chicken that have been chopped up and often the breast and wing stay attached to create bone in chicken breast.

If you have not chopped up a chicken before we recommend you read how to cut up a whole chicken.

Then the chicken is coated in flour, then in egg and then in breadcrumbs.

With the breadcrumbs being loaded up with the copycat KFC seasoning to give it that KFC taste we all love.

But of course, we are using the air fryer, which keeps the calories down.

What Is KFC Secret Seasoning?

KFC secret seasoning or KFC secret spices is two of many names given to the KFC 11 herbs and spices recipe.

People want to recreate a KFC chicken bucket at home and want to know the KFC seasoning, so that they can make it as close to the real thing as possible.

KFC uses 11 different herbs and spices to make their KFC chicken the best it can possible be.

Though, like I mentioned above, you can make modifications if you don’t have one of the herbs or spices and make it your own homemade chicken rub.

KFC Seasoning Ingredients

KFC Seasoning Ingredients

To make the KFC seasoning you will need the following ingredients:

I have included the full ingredients in the recipe card for you too, so that you can print it out at home.

But the best thing about this recipe is that I made enough for six batches of chicken, and you can double, or triple this recipe to create a much bigger batch.

Then follow our KFC chicken recipes and use this chicken rub in them:

How To Make The Homemade Chicken Rub?

Now you know what goes into the KFC chicken seasoning, its time to get it ready and then get yourself organised for your first batch of air fryer KFC chicken.

Buy – Firstly you will need to buy the ingredients. I often find that when I am making a copycat spices blend that I don’t have all the ingredients to hand. I will buy in what I don’t have and then fill up my pantry. Note that you can make a much bigger batch for future air fryer chicken meals.

Load – Next load the ingredients into a suitable storage container. I used a glass container that I found in my kitchen cupboard with a plastic lid. It keeps it fresh in the pantry and then I can use it for a lot of KFC.

Mix – use a fork to mix the herbs and spices together. Then make sure you seal the lid on your container to keep the KFC spice recipe fresh for longer.

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KFC Spice Blend For The Air Fryer
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KFC Spice Blend For The Air Fryer

Here is how to make the best chicken seasoning rub just like Kentucky Fried Chicken. This KFC spice blend is perfect for loading on chicken before air frying. You can store it in your pantry and use it whenever you cook air fryer fried chicken.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
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Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Airtight Container

KFC Spice Blend Ingredients:


  • Load all the ingredients into an airtight container.
    What Is KFC Secret Seasoning?
  • Mix well with a fork or spoon so that your seasonings are well mixed.
    What Is KFC Secret Seasoning?
  • Store in your pantry and use as needed.
    What Is KFC Secret Seasoning?


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Swaps. My husband has a tarragon allergy, and we swapped the tarragon for mixed herbs, and it tasted just as good, you can do the same if you don’t have or don’t like a specific seasoning.
Double. If you want to cook fried chicken regularly in the air fryer, then I recommend you double or triple the quantities above. That way you have a good supply for future recipes.
Dried. Note that all seasonings above are dried not fresh herbs and spices.
Thanks for reading our KFC spice blend recipe on Recipe This. We have many more KFC recipes for you to check out next that are all cooked in the air fryer. I would recommend you start with our air fryer KFC popcorn chicken and use this blend on it.


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1453IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 4 stars
    I just wanted to let ya’ll know that the actual “secret ingredient” in KFC’s 11 herbs and spices is white pepper. Ironically, in all the KFC copycat recipes, I never see white pepper listed in the ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    Looking forward to trying this as we live in the U.S. and love KFC! By the way “dried chicken seasoning” in America is called “poultry seasoning” ?

    1. HI SKC,

      It is combined. When you buy a container of dried garlic and onion it is a mixed tub and has both in there. Therefore if you bought them separately you need to half the amounts.

      Kind regards


  3. 5 stars
    How can I cook the chicken? Do you have suggestions? I somehow don’t want to deep fry my chicken. I like frying it in a skillet and then finishing off in an oven. Would that work?

    1. Hi

      The chicken seasoning is a jar of dried chicken seasonings from Spain. We can sometimes use chicken stock cubes if we did not have any in, but generally different countries have a jar of chicken seasoning and they will probably not change that much from country to country.