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

KFC Fakeaway - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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.

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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Fakeaway burger with hash brown
Made a fakeaway, kfc style zinger burger, with hash brown, I used a brioche bun, and spicey vegetarian chickn burger, made homemade gravynaise with southern fried gravy mix and low cal mayo, topped with cheese slice and lettuce,
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I’d recommend double coating in the Doritos for extra crispy.
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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
KFC Burger Fakeaway
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

FionaThursday 10th March 2022

Looks tasty


    LisaThursday 10th March 2022

    It’s one of our favourites!


ClaireSaturday 5th February 2022

Hi, is it okay to freeze it once coated (before cooking) then defrost and cook another day? Think my Mum would like it, but it would be easier to make her a few and freeze them, so she can cook them when she wants it.


    HollyMonday 7th February 2022

    Hi Claire, we recommend freezing this recipe once cooked and then reheat once defrosted until piping hot. Hope that helps!


Ellie KettletyWednesday 12th January 2022

Once cooked and refrigerated, can you eat it cool with a salad or is it recommended to reheat?


    HollyThursday 13th January 2022

    Hey Ellie, this recipe is fine eaten cold too so served with salad would be lovely, hope that helps!


TracyWednesday 4th August 2021

Can I reheat this chicken and the zinger chicken in the oven from chilled and frozen as in microwave it’s not crispy enough


    HollyMonday 16th August 2021

    Hey Tracey, yes you can reheat the chicken in the oven at 180ºC until piping hot. Hope that helps!


MichelleFriday 30th April 2021

Hi, which book is this recipe in please? Are all the website recipes in the books or are they extra? Thanks!


    HollyFriday 30th April 2021

    Hey Michelle, this recipe doesn’t appear in any of our books but we do have the KFC Zinger Burger which appears on the website and in book 3 Quick and Easy. Some of our recipes are exclusive to our books and some are exclusive to our website so you will find a good range of new recipes in our books and our website. Hope that helps!


Marion AndersonSaturday 3rd April 2021

If I didn’t want panko how much of the alternative dressings would I need please? ☺


    HollyTuesday 6th April 2021

    Hey Marion, There are many other things you could use instead of panko such as Smash, crushed Rice Krispies, a wholemeal roll, couscous, quinoa or bulgar wheat. Just measure out the same amount as we have stated for the panko breadcrumbs and adjust the nutritional values accordingly. Hope that helps!


LauraThursday 4th March 2021

Could you make this in an air fryer do you think? I just got mine yesterday and trying to find things I can make in it! Haha


    HollyThursday 4th March 2021

    Hi Laura, yes you can cook this in the air-fryer! I would suggest a temperature of 190ºC for 15 minutes but cooking times can vary for air-fryer makes and models so there may be a suggested timing chart included with your air-fryer for reference. Always check your chicken is cooked through by checking that the juices run clear and no pinkness remains. Hope that helps!


LorraineSunday 24th January 2021

Just made your fakeaway chicken yesterday & was really impressed. I’m a very fussy eater who eats all the wrong food but desperately need to lose weight. Which of your books would you recommend please. I eat too much bread but don’t like much else.


    HollyMonday 25th January 2021

    Hi Lorraine, so glad you enjoyed the KFC Fakeaway recipe! Have a look HERE for information about all of our books. They all have a mixture of recipes breakfasts, snacks and fakeaways so theres a really great range of things to try. Also if you aren’t a member already have a look at our facebook group it’s full of great advice from members of our community plus recipe help.


Lauren IsaacThursday 14th January 2021

Could I use an electric hand mixer as I don’t have a food processor?


    SharonThursday 14th January 2021

    Hi Lauren, using an electric hand mixer to blitz the spices won’t work I’m afraid. You need to make them into a powder so you need to crush them. You could place them in a sealed, strong plastic food bag and carefully crush them with a rolling pin or use a pestle and mortar if you have one.
    Do hope this helps and that you enjoy this recipe!


Susan PickinSaturday 9th January 2021

HI all. Im trying to loose weight and am loving Pinch of Nom


    HollySunday 10th January 2021

    Hi Susan, so glad you our finding our recipes helpful! Be sure to join our Facebook group which is full of advice and inspiration from our community


Hayley WaiteMonday 12th October 2020

Regarding the above. Under the chicken instructions it says to mix all the breadcrumbs with only one tablespoon of spice mix. So I’m correct that I store the rest of the spice yes? As I have a lot left over if I’m only using 1 tablespoon with the breadcrumbs. Or does this mean per piece of chicken. Apologies if it appears to be a silly question. Thanks


    HollyTuesday 13th October 2020

    Hi Hayley, yes the KFC Fakeaway recipe needs 1 tbsp of the spice mix for the whole of the recipe. You can store the leftover spice mix in an airtight container until you want to use it again. Hope that helps!


CarysSaturday 3rd October 2020

hi I’m struggling to find dried onion flakes. Could I use something else?


    HollyWednesday 7th October 2020

    Hi Carys, If you can’t get hold of onion flakes you could substitute them for 1 tsp of onion powder. Hope that helps!


AlanWednesday 8th July 2020

Can I use chicken thighs bone in for this and cook for how long


    LisaWednesday 8th July 2020

    Hi Alan. Yes, you can use bone in thighs for this recipe. We’ve only tested it with boneless thighs, so can’t give you exact timings, but you will need to cook it for a little longer. Make sure the juices run clear or use a meat thermometer to ensure the core temperature is 75ºC. Hope this helps.


JoSaturday 30th May 2020

Would this work well with fish instead of chicken? What would the cooking time be? Thank you in advance


    LisaSunday 31st May 2020

    Hi Jo. Yes, you could certainly try this coating with fish. The cooking time would depend on the type of fish you used. You might need to reduce the cooking time a little for thinner fillets. Hope this helps!


DanielleFriday 15th May 2020

I dont have mustard seeds can i use mustard powder instead?


    LisaMonday 18th May 2020

    HI Danielle. Yes, you can, but you will need less of it. Just add a pinch or 2. Enjoy the recipe!


FionaMonday 10th February 2020

This recipe looks fab. I haven’t a food processor would a pestle and mortar work instead?


    Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020

    Hi Fiona, yes, a pestle and mortar should work, it’ll just take a bit longer for you to make a powder. Thanks for your question!


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