Colonel Sanders’ 67-year-old nephew just may have stumbled upon KFC’s famous chicken recipe. The closely-guarded ‘11 herbs and spices’, one of the world’s most famous trade secrets, might not be so secretive any longer.
Harland “Colonel” Sanders’ nephew, Joe Ledington, who still lives in Kentucky, found the recipe in a scrapbook, on the back of his late aunt Claudia’s last will and testament. Claudia was Sanders’ second wife who passed away in 1996.
The “scrapbook recipe” was discovered in the small town of Corbin, Kentucky, where Harland Sanders Café and Museum is located. The museum was formerly the service station where the Colonel first sold his chicken to motorists in 1930. Now, KFC has more than 20,000 locations in 123 countries.
A KFC spokesperson denied that this is the actual Colonel Sanders recipe, and that it’s a false claim.
“Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate,” the company said. “This one isn’t either.”
The Chicago Tribune, who originally covered this story, cooked a batch according to the recipe from the scrapbook, and said it’s the “real deal”.
Here is the list of herbs and spices as well as amounts, that was found in Claudia’s scrapbook. Even though KFC says this isn’t the genuine recipe, it shouldn’t stop you from making it and judging for yourself.
Mix with 2 cups white flour:
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/3 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons white pepper
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