The KFC Secret Herbs & Spices Recipe Has Finally Been Revealed

Great lengths have been taken to keep the 11 herbs and spices recipe a secret. According to legend the Colonel even had two separate companies who only knew half the recipe each.

However it looks like it’s his own kin who’s let the cat out the bag. Joe Ledington, Sander’s nephew found a scrapbook belonging to his aunt and Sander’s second wife Claudia. Inside was a note that looks suspiciously like the right recipe.

The story was broken by the Chicago Tribune and after testing it they reckon it’s bang on. However Yum! Brands, the official holders of the recipe deny that it’s the right recipe. And Claudia passed away in 1997 so she can’t confirm the authenticity. Who knows, maybe Sander’s leaked false information and left red hearings for us to chase.

Here’s the recipe as written anyway.

Original Note

11 Spices – Mix With 2 Cups White Fl.

  • 2/3 Ts Salt
  • 1/2 Ts Thyme
  • 1/2 Ts Basil
  • 1/3 Ts Origino (sic)
  • 1 Ts Celery Salt
  • 1 Ts Black Pepper
  • 1 Ts Dried Mustard
  • 4 Ts Paprika
  • 2 Ts Garlic Salt
  • 1 Ts Ground Ginger
  • 3 Ts White Pepper

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And here’s a user friendly version for normal people.

Fried chicken with 11 herbs and spices

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