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This question is already asked on Quora. Here is a repeat of my answer.
Yes, the Chicago Tribune printed what is believed to be the recipe. The backstory is what makes it very believable that they did in fact, print the correct recipe.
The recipe was printed by the Chicago Tribune on August 19, 2016 although KFC did not confirm it was the actual recipe, they did not deny it either. In their test kitchen, the Tribune was successful in replicating the recipe by adding a 12th ingredient, MSG which KFC admits using.
The story revolved around a Tribune reporter who went to visit the grand nephew? of Harland Sanders aka Col. Sanders. The nephew showed the reporter a scrapebook of his family including pictures of Sanders at family events and then pulled out a piece of paper with a handwritten fried chicken recipe on it with 11 herbs and spices. The reporter took a picture of it and the story ran in the Sunday edition. Apparently the grand nephew thought little of the incident because Sanders had no problem posting the recipe in the dining room of his original restaurant. Today however, it is a marketing tool for KFC but even though it was published with instructions on how to make and cook the chicken, it’s not like millions of people will all of sudden hit the kitchen and start cooking. We all crave the fast food and convenience of somebody else doing the cooking for us so rest assured, KFC will continue on. Oh, and here is a link to the story and recipe….
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