This is my KFC-inspired Zinger Burger that’s crispy, tender and so DELICIOUS!

Crispy deep fried Chicken Zinger Burger inspired by KFC

If you love KFC Zinger burger that’s uber popular in Pakistan, you will LOVE this recipe! Growing up, I remember devouring so many zingers and creating this recipe took me right back to my childhood and the gluttonous days. The crisp of this fried chicken is out of this world. No egg binding and just plain ol’ all-purpose flour coating!



Crispy deep fried Chicken Zinger Burger inspired by KFC

The biggest reason why this recipe is different is that it does not call for egg or buttermilk binding. Instead I use ice cold water, which sort of allows the flour coating to stay on. Can you believe that I only used cold water?! A few followers on my Instagram and Tiktok who’ve worked at KFC confirmed that cold water really is the secret to their extra crispy KFC Zingers.

Crispy Zinger Burger



Tip to get the chicken CRISPY with the classic Zinger crumb texture

  1. Marinate the chicken in the spices for a couple hours if possible. You can also leave it overnight in the refrigerator for maximum flavor.
  2. The water should be cold. I throw in some ice cubes for good measure.
  3. Take time to coat chicken with the flour. Simply rolling for a few seconds won’t do. You need to press in the flour and keep rotating the pieces. Work it for at least 60 seconds and up to two minutes. I can’t stress this tip enough.
  4. Don’t let the chicken sit after the final coat to avoid the coating from getting too hard.
  5. Fry on medium high heat. Chicken breast has a VERY short cooking time and it’s an unforgiving piece of meat. Once you go over the 3-5 minute mark, there is no salvaging it.
  6. Chicken thigh is a  forgiving cut of meat. You can use chicken thighs but my personal preference is chicken breast. I find the chewy texture of chicken thighs (when deep fried) unbearable. Before you gasp in despair, note that your favorite Shake Shack and Howlin’ Ray’s in LA both use chicken breast:p

Crispy deep fried Chicken Zinger Burger inspired by KFC



Crispy deep fried Chicken Zinger Burger inspired by KFC
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4.93 from 13 votes

KFC Zinger Burger

Crispy fried chicken reminiscent of KFC Zinger burgers in Pakistan! You won't be disappointed.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Pakistani American
Keyword: Fried Chicken, KFC Zinger
Author: Rookie With A Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast

Seasoning

  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder increase to 1 tsp if you like really hot chicken
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Coating

  • all-purpose flour
  • ice-cold water

Instructions

  • Rinse and pat the chicken dry before dividing it into three pieces, keeping them 1/2 inch in thickness
  • Add the seasoning to the chicken and massage really well. Let the chicken marinate for a couple hours if possible, but at least 20 minutes.
  • To coat the chicken, add a cup or more of flour in a large bowl and coat the chicken really well for about 15 seconds.
  • Next dunk the chicken pieces in ice water (or just really cold water) for 3 seconds and then dip back into the flour for the final coating. Really work in the flour in a rotating motion for at least 60 seconds and up to 2 minutes. You will begin to see crumbs form on the chicken.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in medium high heat for only 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the piece. For 1/2 inch pieces, 4 minutes is max. Don't overcook because chicken breast will dry out.
  • To assemble the Zinger burger, toast buns and smear both sides with some herb mayo (or any mayo). Lay lettuce leaves on one side and place the fried chicken piece. Top with sliced cabbage (sprinkled with lemon juice), some jalapeno/fresno peppers and more herb mayo.
  • Enjoy this classic crispy Zinger burger with some French fries!

Notes

  • DO NOT overcook because chicken breast has a very short cooking window.
  • Plain flour is all you need for coating because there is plenty of spice in the chicken. However, you can season the flour if you want.
  • If you don't see crumbs form after the final coat at all, you can dip it again in water and repeat. I have not done this because two coats are all I need.

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Fathima
Fathima
30 days ago

5 stars
I absolutely love this recipe. It turns out just like KFC’s zinger burger. I was wondering if the chicken can be made in the air fryer instead of deep frying? Can it? Thank you. Love all your recipes. They’re a hit with my family and friends.

seesee
seesee
1 month ago

5 stars
The most perfect and easiest recipe I have ever tried that came out amazing on my first try

Saman
Saman
1 month ago

5 stars
Easy to make and turned out perfect!!!

Urooba
1 month ago

5 stars
Absolutely amazing! The crunchiest chicken I have ever made!

Hira Salman
Hira Salman
1 month ago

5 stars
Fool proof and simple but absolutely delicious

Zubair
Zubair
1 month ago

This recipe was so simple and quick to make…and it was bang on! Loved it!

Ayesha
Ayesha
1 month ago

5 stars
Love this recipe! Delicious!

Amna Naeem
Amna Naeem
1 month ago

5 stars
Soooo easy and absolutely delicious !

Sheza umar
Sheza umar
1 month ago

5 stars
Hands down the best recipe be tried out. I’ll easily give it a 10/10! I just reviewed it but mistakenly gave it 4/5 stars so reviewing it a again lol 😂

Sheza umar
Sheza umar
1 month ago

4 stars
The easiest and most delicious burger recipe I’ve tried out as yet. Definitely a 10/10. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED🙌🏼

Muhammad Nawaz
Muhammad Nawaz
1 month ago

Perfect recipe. We have it more often than what we thought we’d have it. There’s a fine balance in all the flavours. We however prefer to also season the flour, adds to the taste. Thanks for sharing this.

Neeela
Neeela
1 month ago

5 stars
This sandwich is amazing. I have made it twice already. The best part is you don’t need to use butter milk and the chicken breast cooks so fast and is so juicy. Use a brioche bun.

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Madiha Shabbir
Madiha Shabbir
2 months ago

5 stars
New fan here ! Loving your recipes , this one was so simple yet so delicious.

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Amna
Amna
2 months ago

5 stars
It was amazing! I tried the recipe in Ramadan and it made for a very filling iftar. Cant wait to try this again.

aailns
aailns
2 months ago

5 stars
This is honestly the easiest recipe, and with such incredible results! I never cook, I’m only starting to now, so this was the best baby-step I could take. Kinda shocked my mom with how nicely it turned out— lowkey regret it though because she’s now constantly pushing me into the kitchen, more than ever haha. I’m gonna enjoy following this recipe for years to come.

P.S. I wish I had better pictures but I was occupied with shoving it in my face.

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