Ingredients to make homemade fried chicken that tastes similar to chicken found at KFC restaurant include all-purpose flour, egg, buttermilk and seasonings such as chili powder, sage and paprika. One of the key ingredients in the copycat recipe is monosodium glutamate. MSG is used in some recipes as a flavor enhancer, but should be used with caution because it can trigger side effects such as headaches, dizziness and nausea in some people.
To make original-style copycat KFC chicken, in a large bowl, combine 1 beaten egg with 1 cup buttermilk. Cut a 3-pound chicken into six pieces, and soak pieces in the buttermilk mixture. In another bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon each of ground oregano, chili powder, sage and basil. Add 1 teaspoon each of dried marjoram and pepper along with 2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons paprika.
Mix in 1 tablespoon onion salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 2 tablespoons MSG seasoning. Cover chicken pieces in the flour mixture and set aside. Melt 1 can lard in a pressure fryer at a temperature of 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully lower several chicken pieces into the hot oil, close and lock the lid, and cook for eight to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Drain the chicken on paper towels, and cook the remaining pieces.