Homemade Copycat Zinger Burger

Homemade Copycat Zinger Burger

One of my life’s pleasure is this crispy deep fried, moist, and spicy hot chicken thigh fillets sandwiched on two soft burger buns with melting cheese, crisp lettuce and sriracha infused creamy mayonnaise, in short the Zinger Burger. I first had this way back in the Philippines when KFC first offered it, I instantly got hooked as  I find the perfect combination of flavours and textures in a burger bun.

Here in New Zealand, this type of burger is quite different (or the recipe was changed) because back home I remember that KFC uses thigh meat which is tastier and moist, here they use chicken breast which I find it dry and does not have that much flavour. Hence I learned how to make them at home similar to how they do it back in the Philippines during the old days. While it is not an exact copy from the real recipe, I can guarantee that the flavour and texture is nearly similar if not better.

Having said that, I invite you to try this recipe and let me know your thoughts on using chicken thighs instead of the chicken breast or vice versa.

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Homemade Copycat Zinger Burger 1

Homemade Copycat Zinger Burger

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 34 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American




  • 1 kg boneless chicken thighs, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces then gently pounded with the back of a cleaver
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp chilli powder, add more if you prefer it spicier
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mustard powder


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk, chilled
  • 3 tsp salt



  • Burger Buns
  • Cheese slices
  • Mayonnaise (you can infuse this with some sriracha sauce)
  • Lettuce
  • Oil


  1. In a container that you can cover combine and mix well all marinade ingredients, cover then let it marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Combine all batter ingredients and mix until it’s even in consistency, it should be thick but still runny. Add more milk if needed.
  3. Place corn chips in a food processor, roughly grind for a few seconds do not pulverize it, texture should resemble bigger breadcrumbs. Mix in the breadcrumbs and place it in a plate.
  4. Dip chicken in the batter then roll it in the coating. Place in a flat container, do not stack together then place in the freezer for an hour.
  5. Prepare a deep fryer when oil hits 180C add the coated chicken and deep fry for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and cooked inside.
  6. Prepare the buns by spreading some mayonnaise, then a cheese slice, then the freshly cooked chicken then top with lettuce. Serve while hot.


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10 Responses

  1. ROBYN LITTLE says:

    I love this Raymund. I love the KFC Zinger Burger over here in Australia. Not sure what cut they use, I think it’s breast, but it is tender and juicy. Great recipe, looks perfect.

  2. snehanvg says:

    wow! it sure does resemble the KFC zinger… will try this at home for sure!

  3. Juliana says:

    I have never had zinger burger…but I love the look and the sound of it…delicious and very tempting.
    Enjoy your week Raymund :)

  4. nors says:

    Sarap pareng mon….pa order!!!

  5. suituapui says:

    LOL!!! Colonel Sanders can close shop now!

  6. mjskit says:

    As much as I prefer chicken thighs over breasts, I never would have thought to use them in a zinger. These zinger looks so crispy and delicious!

  7. Laura says:

    Gorgeous! I used halved chicken breasts and only cooked for ten minutes- worked great- chicken was beautifully moist.

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