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Homemade KFC Zinger Burger Recipe

The homemade KFC Zinger Burger is a delightful treat for spicy food lovers, with the chicken fillet, perfectly seasoned and breaded, offering a satisfying crunch with each bite. Combined with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy mayo, it creates a harmonious blend of textures and tastes within the soft burger bun. However, occasionally, the spiciness might vary from location to location.  Follow this easy recipe for a taste of the iconic fast-food favorite at home!

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Here’s a Basic Recipe For A Homemade KFC Zinger Burger



For the chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For breading

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Other ingredients

  • Burger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise or spicy sauce


1/ In a bowl, combine the buttermilk, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken breasts to the mixture, ensuring they’re fully coated. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or ideally, overnight.

2/ In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to create the breading mixture.

3/ Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the buttermilk mixture and dredge them in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring they’re evenly coated. Press the breading onto the chicken to make it stick.

4/ Heat oil in a frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the breaded chicken breasts into the pan. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

5/ Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

6/ Toast the burger buns lightly. Spread mayonnaise or spicy sauce on the bottom half of the buns.

7/ Assemble the burgers by placing a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun, followed by the cooked chicken fillet. Add sliced tomatoes on top of the chicken and cover it with the top half of the bun.

8/ Serve your homemade KFC Zinger Burgers while they’re still warm and enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the seasonings and spices according to your taste preferences.

Tips and Tricks to Help You Create A Delicious KFC Zinger Burger


Marinating for Flavor: Marinate the chicken in buttermilk and spices for a few hours or overnight.

Spice Blend: Adjust the spice levels in the breading according to your preference. If you like it extra spicy, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add your favorite spicy seasoning.

Even Coating: Ensure an even coating of breading on the chicken fillets. Press the breading onto the chicken firmly to help it adhere properly.

Frying Temperature: Maintain the oil at the right temperature (around 350°F to 375°F or 175°C to 190°C) for frying the chicken.

Draining Excess Oil: After frying the chicken, place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. This helps retain the crispiness.

Toasting the Buns: Lightly toast the burger buns before assembling the burger.

Sauce Selection: Use your preferred sauce or mayo. For an authentic taste, consider a spicy sauce that complements the flavors of the chicken.

Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh lettuce and ripe tomatoes to enhance the overall taste and texture of the burger.

Assembly: Assemble the burger just before serving to maintain the crispiness of the chicken fillet.

Customization: Feel free to customize with additional toppings or cheese to suit your taste buds.

Nutrition Facts


A typical KFC Zinger Burger is likely to have the following approximate nutritional values (these may vary significantly):

  • Calories: Around 500-600 calories per burger.
  • Fat: approximately 20-30 grams, largely from the fried chicken fillet and mayonnaise.
  • Carbohydrates: Roughly 40-50 grams, mainly from the bun and possibly breading.
  • Protein: About 25-30 grams, primarily from the chicken fillet.

Please note that these are estimated values and can significantly differ based on factors such as portion size, variations in recipes, and specific ingredients used at different KFC outlets or regions.

For precise nutritional information, including details on calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, etc., it’s recommended to refer to the official KFC website or contact the restaurant directly.  Additionally, some KFC outlets may display nutritional facts on their menus or upon request.

(FAQs) about KFC Zinger Burgers

What is a KFC Zinger Burger?

  • A KFC Zinger Burger is a popular menu item at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). It typically consists of a spicy, breaded chicken fillet, lettuce, mayonnaise or spicy sauce, and sometimes tomato, all served in a soft bun.

What makes the chicken in a Zinger Burger spicy?

  • The spiciness of the Zinger Burger chicken comes from the seasoning and marinade used, which often includes spices like cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and other flavorful ingredients.

Can I make a homemade version of a KFC Zinger Burger?

  • Yes, you can make a homemade version of a Zinger Burger by marinating chicken fillets in a seasoned buttermilk mixture, coating them in a seasoned flour mixture, and frying until golden and crispy. Then assemble with fresh ingredients in a burger bun.

How do I get the chicken crispy like KFC’s Zinger Burger?

  • To achieve crispiness, ensure the chicken is properly coated with the seasoned flour mixture and fried in hot oil. Maintain the oil temperature and fry the chicken until it’s golden brown and cooked through.

Can I adjust the spiciness level of the Zinger Burger?

  • Yes, you can adjust the spiciness by altering the amount of cayenne pepper or other spices in the marinade and breading. Adjust according to your taste preferences.

What are suitable sauce options for a Zinger Burger?

  • Mayonnaise, spicy mayo, chipotle sauce, sriracha mayo, or any preferred spicy sauce can complement the flavors of a Zinger Burger.

Can I use different types of buns for the Zinger Burger?

  • Yes, you can use various types of buns like sesame seed buns, potato buns, or whole wheat buns based on your preference or availability.

How long should I marinate the chicken for the best flavor?

  • Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour, but for the best flavor, marinating it overnight in the fridge is recommended.

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