One of KFC's greatest gimmicks in its marketing arsenal, that world famous super secret chicken recipe, may just have been revealed accidentally.
When Chicago Tribune published a story by reporter Jay Jones, who was in Kentucky to write a piece about Harland Sanders Café and Museum in Corbin, which was where Colonel Sanders originally served the now famous chicken recipe in the thirties.
He was interviewing Joe Ledington, Sander's nephew, and it was at that moment where Ledington showed the reporter a scrapbook that belonged to his aunt. The scrapbook contained Ledington's aunt's last will and testament where on the back was a written recipe for fried chicken.
Ledington then said to Jones, "That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive."
Oops! From the looks of things, it seemed that the Colonel's nephew just accidentally spilled the closely guarded secret as he was a bit on the defensive side when asked for his comments by the Tribune if this was indeed the KFC recipe. But things are looking to be on the bleaker side for the Fast-food giant as the newspaper used that recipe and created fried chicken that was identical to the ones being served in thousands of stores worldwide. What the most important secret? Good old fashioned MSG.
KFC released a statement regarding the matter via the New York Times denying that the recipe is authentic. They are quoted as saying "Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate, this one isn't either."
Well you can be the judge yourself and whip up a batch of Aunt Claudia's accidentally revealed secret recipe:
11 spices - mix with 2 cups white flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/3 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons white pepper