Hang On, Was the Top-Secret Original KFC Recipe Just Revealed?

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In the wonderful and caloric world of fast food, there's not much that can compare to a good two-piece meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken -- call us biased, but Popeyes or Boston Market just won't do. Frankly, we just don't know what we'd do if we ever somehow discovered the coveted recipe created by Colonel Sanders. Cry, maybe? Become a culinary Walter White to make the perfect wings? But we might just find out today, as it's believed that the KFC recipe has been outed


A post from May 2016 on the KFC site joked that the guarded recipe is "stored in a digital safe that weighs more than 770 pounds and is encased in two feet of concrete with a 24-hour video and motion-detection surveillance system." Well, apparently that may not have been enough to stop a relative of the Colonel's from sharing a bit too much to the Chicago Tribune this month, as there's now plenty of speculation that the recipe was revealed while nephew Joe Ledington showed off the family scrapbook.

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He cited "white pepper" as the secret ingredient that brought us the original recipe, because "nobody [in the 1950s] knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it." 

The entire list of ingredients of the Colonel's secret blend of 11 herbs and spices was as follows: 

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

Even though to us that looks pretty legit, KFC's post from May maintains that no one will know the recipe:

In the 1940s, Colonel Sanders developed the original recipe chicken to be sold at his gas station diner. At the time, the recipe was written above the door so anyone could have read it. But today, we go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America's most valuable trade secrets.

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We might be perfectly okay with taking the original recipe -- especially with a little nudge in the right direction from Ledington, who told the Chicago Tribune:

The original KFC chicken, I think, was better, because it had more breading to it. It was individually hand-breaded and dropped in those pressure cookers. You cooked it until it started turning brown. And then you put the lid on the pressure cooker and brought it to 12 pounds of pressure for 10 minutes. And then you started letting the pressure off, and when you uncapped it and the pressure was off, it was perfect: golden brown and fall-off-the-bone.

Definitely sounds just as finger-lickin' good as anything being sold today and probably way better for you. 

So, sure, many of us have probably tried to duplicate this (hello, Pinterest) in the past, but we're sure that this weekend and many weekends to follow will be dedicated to perfecting the seasoning and cooking of what may or may not be the world's biggest foodie secret unveiled. 

We know what we're having for dinner. Do you?


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