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KFC Fried Chicken Recipe Revealed: Here’s How You Can Do It

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    Maybe fans of breaking bad and Gus Fring differ from this, but almost all of us will agree that, when it comes to fried chicken, it is Colonel Sanders and his KFC that is the true king of the market. Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the most famous food chains in the world, second only to perhaps McDonald’s Y Burger King. However, unlike these, whose recipes are either public or we don’t want to know about them, the secrets behind KFC’s signature fried chicken lore have remained a mystery for decades.

    In 2016 the Chicago Tribune sent a reporter to report on Kentucky’s Harland Sanders Café and Museum. To gather information about Colonel Sanders, he had to talk to Joe Ledington, his nephew. It turns out that the subject began to show him photos from a family album in which there were, among other images, photographs of the first branches of the chain, in the 60s. So, on one of the pages there, there was the recipe. Like Messi’s contract, it was a napkin with the 11 ingredients of his uncle’s original recipe. And that sample of the album was recorded on video.

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    When asked by the reporter for the list, the nephew had no choice but to say, yes, these are the 11 herbs and spices. Ledington, yes, has not had to get into the kitchen in his life and could not ensure that it was the authentic one or that the one used is not a quite notable modification of it. For this reason, the newsroom took the recipe, a bit of chicken and put it on the stove. The result was positive, that was the KFC recipe.

    The company, however, has always denied that this or any other suspected recipe is authentic: “Many over the years have claimed this but none have been correct. Neither is this” – KFC for TheNewYorkTimes. Since then, other food experts have tried the recipe and say it’s even better than today’s KFC, claiming it may not be 100 percent authentic, but if it isn’t, the base is very similar.

    founder of restaurant chain kentucky fried chicken, colonel harland david sanders september 9, 1890 – december 16, 1980 cooking his fried chicken 1969 in nashville, tennessee photo by bob grannisgetty images

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    We are talking, after all, of a recipe with more than half a century of history that has probably been modified and modernized with new products, but at least now we know, at least, what was the basis. This is the recipe for the spices and herbs, to add to two cups of flour:

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

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