KFC Recipe: Leaked Document Shows Top-Secret Herbs, Spices List

KFC Recipe: Leaked Document Shows Top-Secret Herbs, Spices List
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Could the top-secret KFC recipe, one of the greatest mysteries of our time finally be out? The Colonel’s own nephew accidentally reveals documents showing the exact ingredients for the fast food chain’s world famous chicken.


The chain has made millions marketing its fried chicken recipe, which owes its taste to a top-secret blend of spices. How secret? Well let’s just say don’t ever claim you found a piece of paper with the recipe on it or risk getting sued.

However, nobody is getting sued this time because it was the Colonel’s own flesh and blood who unintentionally revealed the secret. And after all these years, people who struggled to match KFC’s recipe can ask themselves, “That’s it?”

KFC Recipe: Top-Secret No More?

According to Esquire, Joe Ledington, nephew to the one and only Colonel Harland Sanders, accidentally revealed the recipe. Ledington was showing Chicago Tribune Jay Jones a family scrapbook when suddenly a piece of paper with handwriting caught his eye.

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In it is a rundown of 11 herbs and spices, which could very well be the recipe behind the famous fried chicken. Ledington confirmed that the original blend was supposed to be kept secret, oops!

Ledington later backtracked on his statements. KFC’s parent company Yum! Brands also denied the authenticity of the recipe found in the scrapbook. According to them, many have claimed to have discovered or figured out the secret recipe. However, no one’s ever been right.

Considering that the recipe was found in a scrapbook instead of a vault in Fort Knox, it could very well be just another recipe. It could have been one of the Colonel’s notes when he was experimenting to find the perfect fried chicken recipe.

For now at least, the secret of the KFC recipe is still kept. Also want to try the recipe? Here are the ingredients straight from the Colonel’s scrap book.

11 spices — Mix with 2 cups white fl

  • 2/3 Ts salt
  • 1/2 Ts thyme
  • 1/2 Ts basil
  • 1/3 Ts oregano
  • 1 Ts celery salt
  • 1 Ts black pepper
  • 1 Ts dried mustard
  • 4 Ts paprika
  • 2 Ts garlic salt
  • 1 Ts ground ginger
  • 3 Ts white pepper

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