KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: October 6, 2020 Modified: June 15, 2021
KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken Recipe

If you’re planning a barbeque party and want to add a taste of your favorite fast food, we’ve got you! Our grilled chicken recipe that tastes exactly like KFC’s got your back. This Kentucky grilled chicken is perfectly brined to get that soft, juicy chicken. And let’s not forget the bright spices in the savory coating for our chicken that we’re adding in for extra flavor. You can tell your friends that it’s a KFC chicken and they wouldn’t know the difference. That’s how spot on our recipe is. Not to mention, it’s a good healthy option to try out.

There is so much love placed on this lip-smacking grilled chicken recipe. Your barbeque party guests will be so impressed by the effort alone. Serve it with a healthy side of KFC’S classic Green Beans or Coleslaw. Finally, feel free to end your meal on a sweet note with our Brazillian Grilled Pineapple

Is KFC Grilled Chicken healthy?

The Kentucky Grilled Chicken was one of the most well-received products of KFC. Expansion on the menu was important to them, which included adding healthy options. So under the Healthy Menu Options stands the patented KFC grilled chicken. They contain fewer calories than the KFC’S regular fried chicken, without sacrificing flavor. That’s a win for anyone watching out for the weight! Many KFC healthy options lovers adore this dish with some green beans, coleslaw, and corn. It’s no wonder that it’s still one of the few sought out options in the restaurant today.

Have we piqued your interest yet? Let us show you how to make KFC grilled chicken in less than three hours!

How to Grill Chicken KFC-Style

In order to make the best grilled chicken recipe that’s like KFC’s, we did a few methods to really develop their flavors. It all comes down to two very important steps: brining and marinating.

Brining the chicken in saltwater brine is key in developing the proper flavors. Soaking chicken in saltwater also helps ensure moist and tender meat. Our brining method takes about two hours. It may seem like a lot of time, but we can assure you that this step help build the flavors in our chicken in preparation for marinating.

Marinating the chicken, then, is a key step to help develop the base flavor of the dish from the brine. We used a savory chicken marinade of oil, liquid smoke, and soy sauce to really bring out the rich and smoky flavors of grilled chicken. Marinating also helps keep the chicken from becoming dry and chewy as you grill it and lessens your cooking time for it.

After all the prep and grilling the chicken to perfection, we get to enjoy our tender and juicy chicken meat with a flavorful exterior. When you make the extra effort of doing these important steps, you’re guaranteed a plate of finger-licking goodness! Serve your grilled chicken to your friends then let them determine if it’s KFC worthy. And trust us, it will be! Making grilled chicken has never been this easy and delicious! Indulge your friends into some homemade KFC dishes today.

KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken Recipe Video

How To Make KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Make your own homemade kentucky grilled chicken that tastes just like KFC! A grilled chicken dish that has been perfectly brined and coated with an herb-filled sauce for ultimate flavor.

Prep: 15 mins
Marinate Time:: 2 hrs
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
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For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 lb chicken breasts, boneless
  • 10 cups water
  • ¼ cup garlic salt, preferably Lawry's
  • cooking spray

For the Chicken Seasoning:

  • cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 chicken bouillon, powdered or crumbled
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup Accent seasoning, or any similar product

To Serve (Recommended):

  • green beans, (roughly ½ cup per serving), or potatoes, or carrots, cooked to your preference


  1. Prepare the brine first. Dissolve the salt into a large mixing bowl with water.

  2. Submerge the chicken in the salted water, cover, and transfer to a chilled area for at least 2 hours, no more than 4 hours. If you have a brine injector or syringe, you can also inject roughly 1 cup of the brine around the chicken before submerging.

  3. Grease a roasting tray with cooking spray and preheat the grill to 350 to 360 degrees F. Then, preheat the oven to 360 degrees F.

  4. Prepare the chicken seasoning. Mix the olive oil, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and honey together in a bowl.

  5. In another bowl, combine the accent seasoning, chicken bouillon, marjoram, rosemary, onion powder, black pepper, oregano, and basil.

  6. Rinse the soaked chicken with cold water and pat them dry. Brush the liquid smoke mixture around the chicken and season heavily with the prepared spice mix.

  7. Grill the chicken pieces for approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side until evenly grilled, then transfer to the greased roasting tray and into the oven.

  8. Roast for roughly another 3 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Baste with the liquid smoke mixture while roasting.

  9. Serve with some green beans, potatoes, and carrots, and enjoy!

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Commonly Asked Questions

How do I keep my grilled chicken from burning?

It’s important that your grill is well-oiled to ensure the chicken doesn’t stick. Sticking is one of the biggest causes of chicken burning. As our grilled chicken recipe comes oiled, you don’t need to worry about it going up in flames. Feel free to add more oil to the grill to ensure your chicken pieces don’t stick.

How do I store cooked grilled chicken?

Cooked chicken can be stored for up to two days in the refrigerator. However, if you’re wishing to store them in the freezer, they can last for up to 3 months per USDA standards. For storing in the fridge, simply place them in an air-tight container. For freezing, try freezing them separately onto a baking sheet. Once frozen, you can collect them in a Ziploc bag; making sure to remove any excess air. This will keep the chicken from sticking together and will be much easier to thaw separate pieces.

How do I reheat my cooked grilled chicken pieces?

We recommend doing it like how KFC advises. First, arrange your grilled chicken into an oven-safe container. Second, cover it with foil to seal in the juices and to keep your chicken from drying out. Lastly, then bake it in an oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until you reach the desired heat for your meal. Take them off the oven and enjoy!



Satisfy your finger-licking good cravings with our KFC grilled chicken recipe. It doesn’t take too much time to make a healthy option. Our grilled chicken tastes just like KFC that you won’t even spot the difference! Give in to your cravings with a tasty dish and serve it up with the classic side dishes of coleslaw and green beans. It’s guilt-free and absolutely worth having seconds for. Share it with your friends and family, or just have a meal of it by yourself.

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