Is This the Secret Recipe for KFC Fried Chicken?

published Aug 26, 2016
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The recipe behind KFC’s fried chicken is shrouded in mystery. According to the restaurant chain, the recipe that dates back to 1940 is “stored in a digital safe that weighs more than 770 pounds and is encased in two feet of concrete with a 24-hour video and motion-detection surveillance system.”

But now, apparently, the Chicago Tribune got their hands on the 11-ingredient herb and spice mix that makes this chicken so special. Want to try it out for yourself?

Reporter Jay Jones for the Chicago Tribune met with Colonel Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington. Jones went to visit Ledington in Corbin, Kentucky, where he showed him family photo albums, which just happened to include a little piece of paper with an 11-ingredient spice mix. When Jones questioned him on whether this was the secret recipe, Ledington apparently let him believe that it was.

Since this interaction, however, Ledington has apparently taken back this statement, and now questions the validity of the recipe, noting that the handwriting is definitely not his uncle’s.

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