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KFC Potato and Gravy recipe

20 mins Cook
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The renowned KFC Potato and Gravy is famous for its velvety smooth mashed potatoes smothered in their distinctive gravy, making it an ideal accompaniment for dipping crispy Fried Chicken and fries. Now, we have a homemade recipe to recreate this classic dish using real ingredients – no potato flakes involved!

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KFC Potato and Gravy

By popular demand, I am sharing the recipe for the copycat KFC Potato and Gravy! The inspiration for this recipe came from a photo of Fried Chicken being dipped into a bowl of my homemade version of KFC Potato and Gravy. After readers saw it in the recipe video and post, they eagerly asked for the recipe, and here it is!

The gravy is a spot-on replica of KFC’s and comes together in just 4 minutes! It perfectly complements the softly creamy mashed potatoes, which have a light and fluffy texture. The mashed potatoes are not overly dense, making them perfect for dipping a handful of chips into!

While it is suspected that KFC’s Mashed Potato is made from reconstituted potato flakes, this homemade version uses real potatoes, giving it an authentic taste and feel. So, let’s get into the recipe!

What you need for KFC Potato and Gravy

I have decided to share the Gravy recipe separately because it’s my everyday gravy made entirely from scratch, without using any pan drippings from roasts. Instead, I use hot water as the liquid base. This gravy recipe is incredibly delicious and versatile, as I use it in various dishes. Hence, I wanted to keep it filed separately for easy access.

Now, let’s move on to what you’ll need for the KFC Mashed Potato recipe.

How to make KFC Mashed Potato

The distinctive feature of KFC Mashed Potato is its creamy yet soft texture, which allows it to be a perfect accompaniment for dipping chips and fluffy white rolls.

To achieve this beautiful soft texture, I use real potatoes in my recipe, avoiding potato flakes altogether. The method I follow ensures that the mashed potatoes turn out irresistibly smooth and fluffy. Let me walk you through the steps to create this delightful texture without the use of potato flakes.

Potato Ricer = soft, fluffy, creamy texture

To obtain the signature soft, fluffy, and creamy texture of KFC Mashed Potato with minimal lumps, the key is to use a potato ricer (as shown in step 3 below).

Avoid using a stand mixer or handheld beater as they can over-activate the starch in the potatoes, leading to a denser and heavier texture, which is not desirable for this recipe.

If you don’t have a potato ricer, the next best alternative is a potato masher with holes in the mashing end. This method will yield a similar effect to the potato ricer and help achieve the desired light and fluffy texture.

What to serve with KFC Potato and Gravy

The versatility of this KFC-style mashed potato knows no bounds! Here are just a few mouthwatering ideas:

  1. Classic KFC-style: Perfect for dunking in Fried Chicken, warm bread rolls, hot chips, or wedges.
  2. As a side dish: Pair it with sausages, steak, or schnitzel for a delicious complement.
  3. BBQ Pulled Pork: It makes an excellent accompaniment to this flavorful dish.
  4. Any roast: Whether it’s roast chicken, pork with incredible crackling, marinated roast beef, or a Prime Rib/Standing Rib Roast, this mashed potato will elevate your roast to another level.
  5. Slow-cooked Lamb Leg: A match made in heaven!
  6. Barbecue Pork Ribs: Picture meat falling off the bone, coated in a sticky barbecue sauce, and paired with this creamy goodness.
  7. Midweek meals: Serve it alongside Sticky Baked Chicken Thighs, juicy Baked Chicken Breast, Marinated Pork Chops, Lamb Chops, the Meatloaf of your dreams, or the best Rissoles you’ve ever had.

And if you find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices, no worries! Grab a spoon and enjoy the incredible taste of this mashed potato all on its own. It’s simply SO GOOD!

KFC Potato and Gravy recipe

KFC Potato and Gravy recipe

The renowned KFC Potato and Gravy is famous for its velvety smooth mashed potatoes smothered in their distinctive gravy, making it an ideal accompaniment for dipping crispy Fried Chicken and fries. Now, we have a homemade recipe to recreate this classic dish using real ingredients - no potato flakes involved!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
total time
30 mins



  • 1 batch homemade KFC Gravy

  • 1.5kg/ 3lb Sebago (Aus dirt brushed), Russet (US), Maris Piper (UK) or other starchy potatoes

  • 1 tbsp salt (for water)

  • 75g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cream (heavy / thickened)

  • 3/4 cup (185ml) milk, full fat

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Salt to taste


Peel and cut the potatoes into 3cm / 1.25" cubes.
Place the potato cubes in a pot and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Add enough water to the pot so that it sits about 5cm / 2" above the potatoes.
Bring the water to a boil and let the potatoes boil for about 15 minutes, until they are very soft and starting to fall apart.
Drain the potatoes and leave them in a colander to steam dry for 3 minutes.
While the potatoes are steaming, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cream and milk to the saucepan and heat it until it's just before simmering. Be careful not to let it come to a full boil. Remove the saucepan from the stove.
Now, it's time to create that soft and creamy texture. Pass the steamed potatoes through a potato ricer (Note 1) or use a masher with holes. Avoid using a beater, as it may make the mashed potatoes dense.
Add the hot milk mixture to the mashed potatoes, along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Gently stir until everything is mixed through.
Taste the mashed potatoes and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
Transfer the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl. Pour the KFC gravy over them and serve immediately with anything and everything you desire!
For the ultimate KFC at home experience, pair these mashed potatoes with homemade Fried Chicken. It's even better than KFC!


To achieve the desired soft, nearly lump-free creamy texture in your KFC-style mashed potatoes, using a potato ricer is crucial. While a masher can work, it might not yield the same level of softness. However, if you use a masher with holes in it, it will come close to replicating the ricer's effect. On the other hand, it's essential to avoid using a beater. Although it may remove some lumps, it can lead to a dense and thick texture, which is not the desired outcome for KFC-style mashed potatoes. Instead, you want to aim for that signature soft and creamy consistency that resembles the mashed potatoes you enjoy at KFC. So, stick with the potato ricer or a masher with holes for the best results!
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