KFC Fakeaway

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 255KCAL

This KFC Fakeaway was one of the first slimming friendly recipes we came up with, and it's still one of our favourites!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories255
  • Carbs12g
  • Protein20g
  • Fat4g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

KFC on a slimming diet? YES PLEASE! There’s no need to deny yourself the succulent chicken, crispy coating and not-so-secret spice mix anymore, with our delicious KFC Fakeaway. This is a real crowd pleaser of a recipe: mild enough that the kids won’t think it’s too spicy, yet savoury and full of flavour for an ideal for a fakeaway Friday. You could even enjoy KFC Fakeaway for a lunchtime treat alongside a crisp, fresh salad.

It will even work out cheaper than a weekly takeaway as there will be plenty of spice mix left over. Simply pop it in an airtight container for next time.

What diets are this KFC Fakeaway recipe suitable for?

This KFC Fakeaway can easily be adapted to suit a gluten free diet, by using gluten free bread to make the breadcrumbs.

It is also suitable for a dairy free diet.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers Friendly is this KFC Fakeaway recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this KFC Fakeaway?

Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for deep-fried foods, and is made from bread without crusts. It’s lower in calories than regular breadcrumbs, and it’s a bigger crumb so it goes further. There are also many other things you could use such as Smash, crushed Rice Krispies, a breadcrumbed wholemeal roll, couscous, quinoa or bulgar wheat.

The values we have provided are using panko breadcrumbs so make sure you adjust the values accordingly.


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I'd maybe add some celery salt next time and invest in a herb/spice grinder instead of using the big processor
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Followed the exact recipe except I added crushed cheesy doritos (taken from the zinger burger where it uses the heatwave ones)

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We like to use panko breadcrumbs because you get more bang for your buck. It can be found in the Oriental aisle of most supermarkets, or you can get it on Amazon.

You can bake the chicken on greaseproof paper to make sure nothing sticks to the tray. It’s so handy to keep in the cupboard!

How many calories are in this KFC Fakeaway?

There are 255 calories per portion in this KFC Fakeaway, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This KFC Fakeaway is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day.  Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To make the spice mix

Step 1

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you reach a fine powder stage.

Step 2

You can store any leftover mix in an airtight container until you want to use it again.

To make the chicken

Step 1

Pre heat the oven to 180°C.

Step 2

Mix the spice mix with the panko breadcrumbs.

Step 3

If using chicken breasts, cut the chicken however you like. We like to cut each breast into 2 thinner slices.

Step 4

Dip the chicken in beaten egg, then coat in the seasoning.

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Step 5

Place on a baking tray that has been sprayed with low calorie cooking spray, then spray the top of each piece of chicken again.

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Step 6

Cook for 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.

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This KFC Fakeaway is great served with:

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when KFC Fakeaway is cooked?

Cook for 25 – 30 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Always check the cooking time for different chicken pieces, breast, drumsticks etc as they vary.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep KFC Fakeaway in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of KFC Fakeaway in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze KFC Fakeaway?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat KFC Fakeaway?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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KFC Fakeaway

This KFC Fakeaway was one of the first slimming friendly recipes we came up with, and it's still one of our favourites!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 255
  • Carbs 12G


For the spice mix

  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried garlic granules
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon

For the chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts or 4 smaller breasts
  • 1 egg beaten
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp KFC seasoning see 'for the spice mix' above
  • 25 g panko breadcrumbs

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To make the spice mix
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you reach a fine powder stage.
  2. You can store any leftover mix in an airtight container until you want to use it again.
To make the chicken
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the spice mix with the panko breadcrumbs.
  3. If using chicken breasts, cut the chicken however you like. We like to cut each breast into 2 thinner slices.
  4. Dip the chicken in beaten egg, then coat in the seasoning.
  5. Place on a baking tray that has been sprayed with low calorie cooking spray, then spray the top of each piece of chicken again.
  6. Cook for 25-30 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.

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Recipe notes

Tip: You could use something else for the coating if you prefer, such as Smash potato powder, crushed Rice Krispies, a breadcrumbed wholemeal roll, couscous, quinoa or bulgar wheat.

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See what others have to say

JessSunday 26th January 2020

Is it possible to make these without mustard seeds. I’m allergic so I wouldn’t out then in anyway but don’t want it to ruin the flavour if I don’t ?


    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 20th May 2020

    Hi Jess, we haven’t tried leaving out the mustard seeds, but it should still be very tasty without them. Let us know how it goes. Thanks for your question.


BBFriday 13th September 2019

Hi, can this be frozen is using smash as the “breadcrumbs”?



    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019


    Yes, you can freeze this and you can use whichever method you like to make the crispy coating – just make sure to the nutritional values of whatever you use ????


JonathanThursday 18th April 2019

Great recipe!! How long after cooking can you keep this, is it possible to reheat and eat say the next day or .a few days later?


    CateFriday 26th April 2019

    Hi Jonathan!

    Yes you could keep it covered for a couple of days in the fridge and then reheat. Just make sure it is piping hot throughout before serving.

    Hope that helps! 🙂


RobertSaturday 9th March 2019

Is it one table spoon of the spice mix per 25 grams of panko?


Louise WaltonMonday 11th February 2019

Just made this for me and my husband, wow 🙂 it was amazing, thank you for the recipe x


ShellySaturday 11th August 2018

Hey there! Is it an equal mix of Panko and spice mix? Thanks 🙂


SarahSaturday 12th May 2018

Tried this the other day and my food processor did not blitz the peppercorns ???? could I use ground pepper corns instead?


Yessica TurnerFriday 16th March 2018

Hi sorry but how long does the seasoning last once made?


ClaireTuesday 16th January 2018

how do i get dried onion flakes?


Janet VictorThursday 11th January 2018

Can I do this in my tower fryer


Jennifer Elizabeth DelaneySunday 7th January 2018

I’ve made this tonight as we love KFC but my waistline doesn’t. The kitchen smells amazing your website is what is going to help manage to stick to a diet. My partner and sister cant wait lol


Sally payneMonday 20th November 2017

Can we freeze this recipe ?


Tammy allenTuesday 24th October 2017

Hi, made this tonight, and although tasty, it was very peppery and dark, not nice and light as the pic shows, what did I do wrong??


SeanaMonday 16th October 2017

Are panko gluten free?


ElaineSunday 8th October 2017

Yum ???? I made this tonight for my family, we all loved it! I added some chilli powder to the last of the mix and made spicy nuggets for my son who loves the KFC zinger bites. Fab recipe, thanks pinchofnom!!


samThursday 28th September 2017

Hi there could I use onion granules instead of onion flakes please ????


TracieTuesday 26th September 2017

Yummy mine didn’t look like yours bit paler but absolutely delicious.


beckyWednesday 23rd August 2017

I have tried to blitz the herbs for the coating in my mini chopper as don’t have a good processor but it hasn’t worked. I have also tried bashing with a rolling pin but can’t get to a fine powder stage. Can anyone recommend how to do this using basic kitchen equipment please


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Becky,

    Just blitz them as finely as you can ???? You could also try a heavy pestle and mortar.


NatalieSaturday 19th August 2017

Just put it in the oven, although we didn’t have any thyme or dried onion (despite us buying all of the spices today, D’OH!) hoping it’ll still taste good! Also forgot to fry-lite before putting them in the oven… Bit of a fail. Still, our kitchen smells devine, can’t wait for them to be cooked!


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Natalie,

    Hope you enjoyed it!


AlexWednesday 26th July 2017

Mine was overly peppery very hot but some of my peppercorns are huge need to cut it down.


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Alex,

    The pepper needs to be ground so as to avoid large peppery lumps. If you like it less peppery then don’t add as much pepper ????


KatyWednesday 26th July 2017

I am keen to try this but only have cous cous – this may be a stupid question but do I cook the cous cous first of use dry? Thank you! Katy


Marie LeeTuesday 4th July 2017

I made it for taster tonight. I used couscous and added a chicken stock cube. Will definitely make again.


Sharon springerTuesday 7th March 2017

I made this last week and the week before using thighs and breast, both times I use Smash as my crumbs and I love it. My family don’t normally eat my SW meals but this is their favourite so much so they have emptied out my post of seasoning themselves I got to rustle up some more x


    KateFriday 10th March 2017

    Hi Sharon
    Glad you (and the family) like it


BobWednesday 22nd February 2017

What the KFC spice ?


    KateWednesday 22nd February 2017

    Hi Bob
    You will find the ingredients and method for making the KFC spice mix within the recipe itself


Elaine PendleburyFriday 3rd February 2017

Making this tonight
I have a fully stocked herb/spice cupboard but no dried tarragon! Off to the shops I go ????


ChrisSunday 22nd January 2017

Just love this recipe can’t beat it definitely worth worth trying guys


    KateSunday 22nd January 2017

    Hi Chris
    Glad you like it 🙂


CharlotteSaturday 14th January 2017

Do you have any ideas how this could be altered to make it more of a zinger burger please? This was lovely thank you ????


    KateSaturday 14th January 2017

    Hi Charlotte,
    We’re going to have a go at a Zinger Burger this coming week, so keep an eye on the website 🙂


    EmmaFriday 27th January 2017

    Add some ground chilli flakes to the breadcrumbs before coating the chicken ☺


MagsWednesday 14th December 2016

made this for dinner tonight, really really tasty!


Joanne AdairThursday 27th October 2016

This was a really tasty meal. I would definitely recommend. I preferred it to any shop bought/fast food outlet. Enjoy if you try. 🙂 Thank you PON.


Jane millsSaturday 22nd October 2016

I tried this recipe today and was able to get the Panco breadcrumbs. It was delish and the rest of my family loved it to . Definatly ideal to take on a picnic or just as a great meal to share. I haven’t made a recipe yet that hasn’t been absolutely fabulous from PONS page. Thankyou ladies ????


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