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KFC Biscuit Recipe is super easy to make at home. This copycat recipe is buttery with soft and flaky layers.

KFC biscuit on a plate.
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The next time you are craving biscuits from Kentucky Fried Chicken, make these copycat KFC biscuits easily at home. It is a very easy copycat recipe and takes hardly anytime at all.

Everyone will go crazy over these soft and fluffy biscuits. They are perfect for Sunday dinner but easy enough for any day of the week. These butter flavored biscuits will be a hit and they taste amazing.

Make these Homemade biscuits and serve this Easy Biscuits and Gravy Casserole or this Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Recipe.

What are KFC biscuits made of?

You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make these biscuits and absolutely no yeast required. This recipe uses all purpose flour instead of self rising flour.

There is lots of butter in this recipe instead of vegetable shortening which makes them super delicious.

Keep reading for the full list of ingredients.

Ingredients

Ingredients for KFC biscuits - flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, sugar, salt, salted butter, buttermilk, melted butter
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda 
  • Cream of Tartar 
  • Sugar 
  • Salt 
  • COLD salted butter , diced 
  • Cold Buttermilk 
  • Melted Butter (for tops of biscuits) 

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Variation Ideas

  • Buttermilk. It is ok if you don’t have this ingredient. You can use a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar with a cup of whole milk. Allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
  • Air Fryer. You can cook the biscuits in the air fryer instead of the oven. Preheat to 375 and cook for 10 minutes. Make sure to coat the bottoms of the biscuits with oil so they will not stick. The biscuits will need to be flipped half way through the cooking time.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven. It needs to be set to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
Combining the dry ingredients

Step 2 – Combine the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Pouring the buttermilk into the dry ingredients

Step 3 – Add the butter. Then slice the cold butter into small pieces and cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, knife or pastry blender.  Continue to blend together until it resembles coarse crumbs into flour mixture. Then stir in the cold Buttermilk into the bowl just until a dough forms. 

Rolling the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin

Step 4 – Roll the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it’s approximately ½ inch thick.  Then sprinkle the top of the dough with flour so that the cutter doesn’t stick to the dough. 

Using a biscuit cutting to cut the dough into round circles

Step 5 – Cut the biscuits. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter or the top of a round glass to cut the biscuits out of the dough.  Do not twist the biscuit cutter when cutting out the biscuits.  Just gently shake the cutter or glass so that the biscuit falls out.

  

  • Step 6 – Place on a baking sheet. Then place cut biscuits on the ungreased baking sheet. 
  • Step 7 – Bake the biscuits. Bake for 14 to 17 minutes until the top of the biscuits are lightly golden brown.  
  • Step 8 – Allow the biscuits to cool. After the cooking time, let the biscuits cool for 5 minutes, then brush tops of the biscuits with the melted butter and serve! 

Serving Suggestions

KFC biscuit in a pile.

How do you make biscuits fluffy?

Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Overmixing will prevent the biscuits from being fluffy.

Also, ensure the oven is preheated and hot before baking the biscuits. They need high heat to properly cook and turn out fluffy.

KFC biscuit on a platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Biscuits

Store the leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

How to Reheat

Reheat in the microwave for a few seconds until heated though.
Frozen biscuits previously cooked can be heated in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also put foil over the tops of the biscuits to prevent them from getting too brown.

How to Freeze Biscuits

First, allow the biscuits to completely cool. Then place inside a freezer bag or container. I suggest putting a layer of wax paper in between the biscuits to prevent them from sticking. You can also wrap the biscuits in foil before placing in the storage container. They can be frozen up to 2 to 3 months.

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KFC Biscuit Recipe

5 from 6 votes
KFC Biscuit Recipe is super easy to make at home. This copycat recipe is buttery with soft and flaky layers.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Let cool 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 249

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  • Then slice the cold butter into small pieces and cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, knife or pastry blender.
  • Then stir in the cold Buttermilk into the bowl just until a dough is formed.  The dough will be sticky.
  • On a floured working surface, roll the dough out until it’s approximately 1/2” thick.  Then sprinkle the top of the dough with flour so that the cutter doesn’t stick to the dough.
  • Use a 2.5 inch or 3 inch biscuit cutter or the top of a round glass to cut the biscuits out of the dough.  Do not twist the biscuit cutter when cutting out the biscuits.  Just gently shake the cutter or glass so that the biscuit falls out.
  • Then place the cut out biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 14-17 minutes until the top of the biscuits are lightly golden brown.
  • After the cooking time, let the biscuits cool for 5 minutes, then top them with the melted butter and serve!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 249kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 4g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 713mg, Potassium 99mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 435IU, Calcium 123mg, Iron 2mg

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