Is KFC’s Secret Recipe Not So Secret Anymore?


Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded in 1930 with a secret recipe that includes “11 herbs and spices.” Held as a trade secret for more than 85 years, the nephew of Colonel Harland Sanders may have just revealed the secret combination of ingredients of KFC’s fried chicken.

Joe Ledington recently met with a Chicago Tribune writer at the Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum in Corbin, Kentucky to talk about the newly restored restaurant. He brought along a family scrapbook and went through the pages reminiscing about his uncle.

As he got to the last will and testament of his aunt, the writer spotted handwriting on the back page of the will and it seemed to list a recipe. He asked Ledington if this could be the recipe to which he responded, “That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive.” Ledington would later backpedal.

A spokesperson for KFC did not confirm or deny the recipe telling the Tribune, “Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”

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