KFC’s Fried Chicken Recipe Revealed! 11 Herbs: So You Can Make It at Home

Fans of Breaking Bad and Gus Fring may differ from this, but almost all of us will agree that, when it comes to fried chicken, colonel Sanders and his KFC are the real king of the market. Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the most famous food chains in the world, behind perhaps McDonalds and Burger King.

However, unlike these, whose recipes are either public or we don’t want to know, the secrets behind KFC’s signature fried chicken know-how has been a mystery for decades. In 2016, the Chicago Tribune sent a journalist to report at 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 of a family album in which 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.

When the reporter asked about the list, the nephew had no choice but to say, yes, these are the 11 herbs and spices. Ledington, of course, 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 fairly noticeable modification of it. Therefore, the editorial staff of the newspaper took the recipe, some chicken and went to 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. This one is not either” – KFC for TheNewYorkTimes.

Since then, other gastronomic experts have tried the recipe and say that it is even better than the current KFC, ensuring that it may not be the authentic one hundred percent, but that if it is not, the basis is very similar.

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

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