KFC Fakeaway Chicken | Slimming World Friendly Recipe

Indulging in the irresistible flavors of a crispy and succulent KFC-style chicken doesn’t have to derail your healthy eating goals. Our KFC Fakeaway Chicken recipe is a Slimming World-friendly delight that mirrors the essence of the iconic fast-food favorite without compromising on taste. Featuring a unique twist of crispy couscous coating, this homemade alternative captures the essence of deep-fried perfection without the excess Syns.

Perfect for those on Slimming World, Weight Watchers, or anyone adhering to a calorie-controlled diet, this unofficial recipe strikes the ideal balance between culinary satisfaction and mindful eating. Gather the whole family for a delicious experience that proves you can enjoy the comfort of a KFC-inspired meal without sacrificing your commitment to healthier choices. Let’s embark on a culinary journey where flavour meets fitness in this delectable KFC Fakeaway adventure.

Looking back to 2015 when I first joined Slimming World I remember my words to MrFatgirlskinny exactly. “If we weren’t eating healthily what would you have right now?” he replied “KFC”! Well the challenge was on… I set about finding a way to create a healthy version of the popular takeaway brand. 

I consulted many other recipes and discovered there are a lot of different ways to create a KFC Fakeaway. But after much trial and error it turns out couscous is our favourite and we would love to share it with you.

What is a Fakeaway?

A “fakeaway” is a term that combines “fake” and “takeaway.” It refers to a homemade version of a popular takeaway or fast-food dish, created to replicate the flavours and style of the original but with a healthier or more controlled set of ingredients. The goal of a fakeaway is often to enjoy the taste and experience of a favourite restaurant or takeaway dish while having more control over factors like calorie content, nutritional value, and ingredient quality.

Fakeaways have gained popularity, especially among individuals following specific dietary plans or looking to make healthier food choices at home.

Is this recipe classed as a TWEAK when following the Slimming World plan?

Firstly, what is a tweak? A tweak is when you use a particular Syn free food in a way it is not meant to be consumed. For Example: here we are using couscous as a coating rather than cooking it to eat fully expanded. 

25g Couscous used as coating or flour should be classed as 4.5 Syns. 

Here is my own personal opinion as a Slimming World veteran…

I would not tweak this recipe, back in 2015 tweaks did not exist in the SW community either. 

Here is why I do not believe this particular recipe deserves to be Synned… The couscous is still being used in it’s usual manner. We are using boiling water to expand and then coat the chicken. I do not believe I would consume any less couscous than if I was making the couscous and serving it next to chicken. However if I was coating the chicken with couscous in a dry manner I would definitely tweak this recipe.

Eating this recipe once or a twice a month as never affected my weight loss but this is your journey so I will leave the decision to you.

Why you’ll love this recipe….

  • It’s absolutely delicious and full of flavour. In fact I would even go as far as saying it’s better than the original KFC!
  • A very healthy alternative to the KFC takeaway. Cook with Slimming World Chips, coleslaw, beans etc and you can recreate your own KFC Takeaway.
  • Very filling, perfect to keep that tummy fuller for longer.
  • The whole family will want you to cook it again and again.
  • Even tastes good the next day in your lunchbox.
  • It’s so easy to make.

Related Article: Slimming World Coleslaw Recipe

Batch Cook – Storage Information

  • Fridge: Allow to cool, place into an airtight container and store for upto 3 days. 
  • Reheat: Eat cold or reheat in the oven for 10-15 minutes on 180c.
  • Freezer: Allow to cool, place into a freezer bag and store for up to one month. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.


KFC Style Chicken Fakeaway

Crispy couscous covered chicken which is the closest to a real KFC as you can get without deep frying. The whole family will love this recipe without using lot's of Syns. This unofficial recipe is perfect for any one following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or a calorie controlled diet.
Nutritional Information
Slimming World Syns: Syn Free (If you are tweaking allow 9 Syns per serving)
Weight Watchers Points: Coming Soon
Calories: 325 Per Serving
Course Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2


  • 400g Skinless Chicken Breast (or 2 Large Breasts)
  • 2 Medium Eggs (Beaten)
  • 100g Plain Cous cous
  • ½ tsp Mustard Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Granules
  • ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube (Crumbled)
  • Season of Salt & Pepper
  • Low fat cooking spray such as Frylight
  • Boiling Water


  • In a small bowl add Cous cous, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, basil, garlic, smoked paprika, crumbled stock cube, salt and pepper.
  • Pour boiling water into the bowl until it literally just covers the couscous (no more). Stir everything together. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Pre heat the oven to 220c/200c/gas mark 7.
  • You are looking for a dry fluffy couscous.. if you feel the couscous can expand some more feel free to add a little bit more water.
  • Add half of the beaten egg and stir in, you are looking for a  gooey sticky mixture, not too runny. If it already feels too runny do not add the remainder of the egg.
  • Spray a baking tray with frylight to prevent sticking. (or use brown grease proof paper)
  • Coating the chicken is not always the easiest.. it will not stick perfectly.. try to cover the chicken as much as possible.. then feel free to put the chicken onto the baking tray and add more couscous on the top. There is no real perfection to this recipe its trial and error to get it right for you.
  • After all of the chicken is coated, spritz with Frylight and place into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden and the chicken is cooked through.
    Alternatively: Cook in the air fryer for approx. 6 – 10 minutes turning halfway.


*Slimming World Syns and Weight Watchers Points are all approximate and estimated by the fatgirlskinny.net team. They have not been verified by an official source.

Have you created this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out! Leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram tagging me at @fatgirlskinny__ and the hashtag #fatgirlskinny.

Top photo Credits: Zaneta P @Chubbybakerlosesweight

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32 Responses

  1. Peter Carruthers says:

    Tried this – couldn’t find plain couscous so used roasted vegetable one but the mixture didn’t go sticky – where did I go wrong ?

  2. Gary says:

    Colonel Saunders should be worried

  3. Marita Lidsey says:

    Hi, do you think you could make the KFC style chicken the night before and leave it in the fridge ready for dinner the next day. I don’t get in till 7pm so would make life easier! thank you x

  4. Janis Dickson says:

    Just tried this but I think I put in too much boiling water as once the eggs went in it didn’t really go sticky….bit of a bloody disaster for me but I’m starving so it’s getting eaten lol

  5. sarah says:

    gonna try this, and will follow the instructions carefully, even though it does say don’t add all the egg at once cant believe how many people are getting it wrong . will let you know

  6. Rachel says:

    I coated the chicken with the egg and then the cous cous, stuck perfectly, it’s in the oven so we’ll see x

  7. Zara says:

    Absolutley LOVE this recipe….deffinately making it more often. Very good if you fancy a ‘naughty’ dinner 😛

  8. Amanda ford says:

    I’ve done this eeipe before doing it again tonight I love it…. ps I do not count it as a tweak either. .

  9. Ilona says:

    We made this tonight and it was delicious, I tried some of the couscous by itself before the egg went in and it had a real kick to it but mellowed out after cooking. I had no issues with the stickiness – we were doubling the quantities for more chicken but used 3 eggs and it seemed the perfect consistency.

  10. Rachael says:

    evening i was wondering if there can be cooked then frozen.

  11. Elaine Duru says:

    I have eaten this after my daughter in law made it. I really enjoyed it. This time I made it and it was so nice. Its a great recipe specially if you do the corn on the cob, chips (we did them in the oven with fry light, and barbecue beans. Thank you for the recipe.

  1. July 22, 2017

    Omg i love love love this blog! thank you so much!!

    Love the Harvester and Starbucks Syn guide.. its perfect for my slimming world naughty treat days.. sometimes you just have to splurge and use your weekly syn allowance right?

    thanks again for all of your hard work

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