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KFC-Style Crispy Chicken Burger (Zinger Burger)

Published: May 1, 2020 · Modified: Aug 4, 2022 · By Qashang · This post may contain affiliate links.

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This KFC-Style Crispy Fried Chicken Burger aka Zinger Burger is the ultimate comfort food. Ditch the restaurants and enjoy this utterly crunchy burger at your home. It's packed with loads of flavour, requires no fancy ingredient and is pretty easy to recreate.

A well-seasoned, crispy fried chicken fillet slathered with a special burger sauce, topped with a slice of Cheddar cheese, finished off with Romaine lettuce and put inside a soft Broiche bun; this is what dreams are made of.

And I am gonna make these dreams come true with this fool-proof, incredibly mouth-watering recipe of Zinger Burger. This crunchy chicken burger is just how you get it at KFC or maybe even better.

Serve it with a side of my Greek Potato Wedges or street-style Masala Fries and brace yourself for an epic meal.

And if you are in a mood for a juicy beef burger try this Ultimate Cheeseburger recipe instead!

How To Make Zinger Burger

Marinate the chicken. Add all the spices and sauces to the boneless fillets and leave to marinate for a couple of hours or overnight. You can use either boneless thighs or breasts. Thigh meat is juicier and more flavourful. Prepare dry mix. Combine the dry ingredients together for dredging the chicken. Make a batter. For dipping the chicken make a thick batter with flour, milk and seasonings. Coat the chicken. Dip the chicken fillets in the batter and then dredge in flour. Use a wide shallow bowl for your flour mix and while dredging the chicken with flour press hard to create flakiness. Deep fry. Drop these fillets in your pot of heated oil with flame on medium. Fry for total 15 mins or until cooked through. Assemble burger. Toast your hamburger buns. I use Broiche. Add the chicken fillet, slice of cheese, fresh tomatoes, homemade burger sauce and lettuce.

Tips For An Ultra Crispy Chicken Fillet

Flatten the chicken fillet with a steak hammer so it is even on all sides and fries evenly. When dredging in flour, press firmly to get a crispy, flaky coating similar to the KFC Zinger Burger. You can coat the chicken fillet once but I recommend double-coating for maximum crispiness . Make sure the oil is not too hot but still heated otherwise the flour coating will fall off the chicken. Don't touch the chicken for the first 5 minutes and fry on medium heat. Use a strainer to drain excess oil instead of kitchen paper towel. Paper towel can make the chicken soggy.

Watch How To Make It

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KFC-Style Crispy Chicken Burger

Extremely crispy, twice-dredged chicken fillets slathered with a special burger sauce and put inside soft Broiche buns 4.81 from 26 votes Print Pin Rate Servings: 4 burgers Author: Qashang

Ingredients

FOR CHICKEN FILLET

500 g chicken fillets breasts/thighs boneless 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoon sriracha sauce or chili sauce 1 tablespoon mustard sauce 1 teaspoon ginger powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder

FOR BATTER

¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup cornflour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon paprika powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce or chili sauce ¾ cup cold milk

FOR DRY MIX

1 cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder

FOR BURGER SAUCE

½ cup mayonnaise 4 tablespoon ketchup 2 tablespoon vinegar 2 tablespoon mustard sauce

FOR ASSEMBLING

4 hamburger buns 4 salad leaves Tomato slices 4-8 Cheddar cheese slices Cook Mode Prevent your screen from going dark

Instructions

Slit the chicken fillet from the middle and flatten each piece. You will get 4 thin chicken fillets from 500g chicken. Marinate the chicken with salt, white pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, sriracha sauce and mustard sauce. Leave overnight or for 1 hour at least. Make a batter with all the ingredients written under 'Batter'. Add the milk gradually and keep checking the consistency. The batter shouldn't be too runny. It should be able to stick to the chicken fillets. Combine the 'Dry Mix' ingredients in a wide shallow bowl and keep aside. Dip the chicken fillets in the batter first, then thoroughly coat with the dry flour mix. Press hard when dredging with flour and slide your fingers on it to create flakiness. Then dip the same fillet in batter followed by flour mix. We want two layers of for ultra-crunchiness. Heat a pot with oil for deep-frying. On medium heat add the chicken fillets. Don't over crowd the pan, fry in batches. For the first 5 mins do not move the fillets. Cook the chicken for total 15 mins until cooked through. Don't forget to flip in between. When done, take a big strainer and put chicken fillets on it. Use it to drain excess oil. This will prevent them from getting soggy. Make a burger sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients. Start assembling your burger. Toast the buns. Take the bottom bun, on it put the crispy chicken, then 1-2 slices of cheese, couple of tomato slices, drizzle some of the burger sauce, add the salad leaf and close the burger with the top bun. Serve with french fries and enjoy! Did you make this recipe? Tag @chilitochoc on Instagram and use the hashtag #chilitochoc

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N says

October 01, 2022 at 10:37 pm


I made these today.
Everyone really liked the recipe.
This burger goes really well with Nando's Perinaise sauce.

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Brendan says

June 20, 2022 at 6:22 am

Hi, would this recipe work with chicken wings? Kinda like the wicked wings KFC have

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Qashang says

June 20, 2022 at 11:16 am

I am sure this will work with wings too. Do share your feedback if you try. 🙂

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KD says

February 02, 2022 at 7:57 pm


This is my favouriteeeee fried chicken sandwich recipe omg! The other ones I've tried, the batter always falls off the chicken when frying or doesn't stick well. This one is perfect!

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Qashang says

February 02, 2022 at 11:58 pm

Yay thank you! Your appreciation means a lot.

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Shekhar says

December 22, 2021 at 4:16 am


Very good and easy preparation style and good taste

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Lee says

October 01, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Hi, thanks for the recipe. Do I need to get most of the batter mix off before adding to the flour mix or leave it really thick?
Worried it is going to taste a bit like pancake in the outside..

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Qashang says

October 02, 2021 at 7:59 am

Hi! The batter is not too thick (it's runny but dense enough to create a coating) so most of it should automatically fall off. Just leave a light layer of it on the chicken so that the flour can stick well.

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panjtanpakstore says

April 20, 2021 at 11:32 am


so yummy! I would try it.

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Elise-Marie says

April 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm


Superb zinger burger better than KFC thank you 5 stars

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Qashang says

April 20, 2021 at 1:24 am

Thank you so much!

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Mehak Javaid says

September 07, 2020 at 11:52 am


Made Zinger burger with help of ur Recipe . aaaaa .. we all loovvee it . thank u for sharing .. hopong for kore vedios especially Chinese menu

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Kulsoom says

August 22, 2020 at 2:30 am


This Homemade Zinger Burger is honestly the best! Comes out perfect every single time! Can’t wait to try out other recipes 🙂

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Chili to Choc says

August 27, 2020 at 11:44 am

Yaay I am so happy to hear that!

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Alya Zafar Hashmi says

July 16, 2020 at 7:38 am


Hey!
I tried the zinger burger recipe and it was OMG amazing! For the first time I came across a recipe that actually came close to KFC zinger burger. It was crispy and the taste was top notch!

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Chili to Choc says

August 06, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Aw so glad that the recipe worked out for you! Thanks for the feedback.

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Safaa says

July 07, 2020 at 12:51 pm


I have made this homemade Zinger Chicken burger recipe several times and it has been a great success every time! I can honestly say that it is as good if not better than the original KFC sandwich. This burger is a festival of flavors and textures. The chicken is so crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside and the sauce is to die for! This easy recipe will definitely make you think twice before ordering take out.

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Chili to Choc says

July 15, 2020 at 9:57 am

Aw I appreciate the detailed review! Thank you so much Safaa.

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