KFC secret recipe revealed?

September 12, 2016

Has the KFC secret recipe been found out?

KFC has always said that Colonel Harland Sanders’ tasty blend of 11 herbs and spices is a closely guarded secret.

The original recipe was developed in the 1940s, when Colonel Sanders began cooking his famous chicken, and is thought to be the key to the fast-food giant’s success.

But this week an old scrapebook belonging to one of the Colonel’s relatives was published online.

Stuck inside an envelope in the scrapbook is a handwritten note with the recipe in it.

Below is the recipe that was published in America. Feel free to make your own KFC at home.


Prep: 30 minutes
Soak: 20-30 minutes
Cook: 15-18 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/3 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1 chicken, cut up, the breast pieces cut in half for more even frying
Expeller-pressed canola oil

1. Mix the flour in a bowl with all the herbs and spices; set aside.

2. Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a separate bowl until combined. Soak the chicken in the buttermilk mixture at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.

3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dip the chicken pieces in the herb-spice-flour mixture to coat all sides, shaking off excess. Allow to sit on a rack over a baking sheet, 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat about 3 inches of the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar heavy pot with high sides) over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. (Use a deep-frying thermometer to check the temperature.) When temperature is reached, lower the heat to medium to maintain it at 350. Fry 3 or 4 pieces at a time, being careful not to crowd the pot. Fry until medium golden brown, turning once, 15-18 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a baking sheet covered with paper towels. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding more chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken.

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  1. KFC Lover

    October 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I love this recipe 😎

  2. KFC Lover

    October 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I am totally trying this 😍


    October 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    im going to try this

  4. rossana

    September 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    why did you want to give away there recipe chefs have there on secrets to keep for them selfs not for the whole world to hear.
    what if someone went and told your secrets to the hold world i just dont think it is right.

  5. Monique

    September 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Yum might have this 4 tea yummy

  6. Koby

    September 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Yum K..F.C. I’m starting to get hungry


    September 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Yum k.f.c. I’m starting filing hungry.

  8. Mikayla

    September 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    wow now i can make my own KFC at home

  9. Mikayla

    September 20, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    wow is it actually true this is wonderful

  10. molly

    September 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    so cool and can not wait to do it.

  11. molly

    September 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    so cool and hope i can do it at home.

  12. Connor

    September 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I Made It Tastes AMAZING

  13. misty

    September 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    This is crazy

  14. Riley

    September 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Yum yum

  15. Riley

    September 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Please tame me to KFC

  16. Brooke

    September 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Cool I’m going to taste KFC before I decide to like KFC.

  17. joelnils

    September 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Free KFC for everyone😀

  18. KFC Lover

    September 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    KFC totally cool

  19. sarah

    September 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    so yum

  20. kfc lover

    September 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    oh i’m gonna make my own

  21. Emma balloch

    September 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    this is awsome

  22. ew. Just ew.

    September 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    glad I’m vegetarian.

  23. KFC Lover

    September 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Cool I might write it down and cook it at home.

  24. Killerwhale6971

    September 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Now I can have KFC when ever I want!

  25. Soul

    September 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    thank you for this recipe I’m looking forward to more news like this

  26. Nom-Nom

    September 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    That is cool now im gonna make my own KFC today.

  27. Wow

    September 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Yay! Now we can make our own KFC chicken!

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