KFC’s Secret Remains Safe

The secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind Kentucky Fried Chicken’s chicken empire remains a secret.


Chicago Tribune recently published a recipe, claiming that it was the original blend of 11 herbs and spices found in the fried chicken of KFC. But the fast food giant said the recipe is not authentic.

“Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate – this one isn’t either,” KFC said in a statement.

It all started when a reporter visited with Joe Ledington, nephew of KFC founder Colonel Harland David Sanders. The reporter was working on a story for the Tribune’s travel section about Corbin, Kentucky, where Colonel Sanders served his first fried chicken.

Ledington showed the reporter a family scrapbook containing the last will and testament of Sanders’ second wife, Claudia Ledington. On the back of the document is a handwritten list for a blend of 11 herbs and spices to be mixed with two cups of white flour.

According to reports, Ledington initially told the reporter that it was the original recipe before saying later that he didn’t know for sure.

The blend of 11 herbs and spices in the friend chicken of KFC is one of the most legendary and closely guarded secrets in fast food history.

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