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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.
credit: By Edgy01 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, File:Colonel Harland Sanders in character.jpg
The story revolved around a Tribune reporter who went to visit the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum in Corbin, KY where he met with nephew of Harland David Sanders, aka Colonel Sanders. The nephew, Joe Ledington, showed the reporter a scrapbook of his family including pictures of Sanders at family events, etc and then pulled out a piece of paper with a handwritten fried chicken recipe on it with 11 herbs and spices. Mr. Ledington confirmed it was indeed the actual secret recipe and that all the immediate family members had received a copy. The reporter took a picture of it and the story ran soon thereafter in the Sunday edition. Apparently the nephew thought little of the incident and Sanders himself had no problem posting the recipe in the dining room of his gas station where he first developed and served the chicken. (Later, the nephew tried to play the incident down when called to confirm and would not confirm if it was the actual recipe.)
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 suddenly hit the kitchen and start cooking. We all crave 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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