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The Colonel's Nephew Has Revealed KFC's Original Fried Chicken Recipe

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May 22, 2017 · 6.2k Views

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If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken, you're in for a treat. The nephew of Colonel Sanders, the king behind the fried chicken chain, has just revealed what we sincerely hope is the actual recipe for their famous Original Fried Chicken. For decades, the mix of 11 herbs and spices has been kept under wraps, but it finally seems like the family scrapbook containing this recipe has finally been leaked via a family member. We're not sure if the reveal was planned, but regardless, we're thrilled. 

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Joe Ledington is the Colonel's nephew and our source to the finger lickin' good chicken, and he was tasked with cutting up chickens and bagging this special mix as a child. Ledington randomly shared the recipe during an interview with The Chicago Tribune, and the handwritten list of ingredients sat on the back of a document Ledington claimed to be the will of Claudia Sanders, the Colonel's second wife. Here is what it states:

11 Spices - Mix with 2 Cups of White Flour

  1. 2/3 tbsp Salt
  2. 1/2 tbsp Thyme
  3. 1/2 tbsp Basil
  4. 1/3 tbsp Oregano
  5. 1 tbsp Celery Salt
  6. 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  7. 1 tbsp Dried Mustard
  8. 4 tbsp Paprika
  9. 2 tbsp Garlic Salt
  10. 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
  11. 3 tbsp White Pepper

And there you have it. Although we can't confirm that this is the actual recipe of Colonel Sanders, we're still willing to give it a try and see how it pans out. Ledington claims that he believes the secret ingredient is white pepper because, in the 1950s, it was a new and unusual ingredient. Are you going to try out this recipe? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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bren592May 25, 2017
So, if you mix all these herbs and spices together, it comes to over a cup of ingredients. Hard to believe that only 2 cups of flour in needed. And, who has a 2/3 tbsp measuring spoon?

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