Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Copycat KFC Mashed Potato Bowl Recipe: A Comfort Food Classic You Can Make at Home

 Welcome to my West Virginia Kitchen!  Are you craving the comforting, savory goodness of a KFC Mashed Potato Bowl, but don't wait to leave the house?  With this copycat recipe, you can enjoy the same delicious combination of creamy mashed potatoes, crispy chicken, sweet corn, and rich gravy right from your kitchen.

TheCopycat  KFC Mashed Potato Bowl on the table with a fork to the side.

Perfect for a cozy dinner or satisfying lunch, these bowls are easy to make and sure to please the whole family.  I can't wait to share them with you so...

Let's Get Started! 


To recreate these Copycat KFC Mashed Potato Bowls at home, you will need to gather a few simple ingredients.  But don't worry, I will give you some shortcut cheats at the bottom of this post too.  ;) 

For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Chicken:
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • oil for frying

For the Gravy:
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Toppings: 
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1.  Prepare the Mashed Potatoes:  
  • Boil the chopped potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. 
  • Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper. 
  • Mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.  Adjust the seasoning to taste.
2.  Cook the Chicken:
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Dip the chicken pieces into the buttermilk, then dredge them in the flour mixture, ensuring they are well coated. 
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Fry the chicken pieces until golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes per side.  
  • Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.

3.  Make the Gravy:
  • In a sauce pot, bring the beef broth to a boil.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.  
  • Pour the slurry into the beef broth, whisking continually whisking.
  • Simmer until gravy thickens. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4.  Assemble the Bowls:
  • Divide the mashed potatoes among four bowls.
  • Top each with portion of crispy chicken pieces.
  • Add a scoop of corn to each bowl.
  • Drizzle the gravy generously over the top. 
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. 

5.  Serve and Enjoy:
  • Serve the bowls hot, and enjoy the comforting flavors of this homemade classic.


  • Chicken:  For extra crispy chicken, double-dip by repeating the buttermilk and flour coating process.
  • Gravy:  For a chicken gravy use chicken broth instead of beef broth.  
  • Potatoes:  Yukon gold potatoes can be used for an even creamier texture. 
  • Shortcuts:  Use store-bought mashed potatoes and pre-cooked chicken strips for a quicker meal.  

The Copycat KFC Mashed Potato Bowl on the table with a fork to the side.

This Copycat KFC Mashed Potato Bowl Recipe brings the taste of KFC into your home with minimal effort.  The combination of creamy potatoes, crispy chicken, sweet corn, and savory gravy surefire way to satisfy your comfort cravings.  Try this recipe today and enjoy a beloved fast-food favorite without the drive-thru wait!  

And as always....

Happy Eatin' Y'all!

~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. Mmm, looks SO GOOD!!! And if you use mashed cauliflower, you can reduce the carb load.

    1. Thank you so much! I love the idea of the mashed cauliflower too.

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