Colonel Sanders' Nephew Just Revealed KFC's Top Secret 11 Herbs & Spices

A delicious legend

Many fried chicken aficionados have tried to replicate KFC's trademark flavour, and some have even come close - but nobody has quite hit upon the recipe that made Kentucky-born Colonel Sanders famous.

But after 86 years, it could be that a member of his own family has divulged the closely-held secret.

When a reporter from the Chicago Tribune vistied the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum in Kentucky for a travel piece, he met the colonel's nephew, Joe Ledington.

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They sat down to talk, and Ledington paged through a Sanders-family scrapbook. He pulled out one page to reveal a 11-step, handwritten fried chicken spice blend, before casually revealing: "That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive."

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Perhaps realising the gravity of what he'd just divulged, Ledington then distanced himself from the recipe, saying that it "could be" legit, but he can't say "for sure."

Needless to say, the Chicago Tribune tested out the recipe, and they say it's the real deal. check out the full recipe below:

Mix with 2 cups white fl

1 | 2/3 Ts salt

2 | 1/2 Ts thyme

3 | 1/2 Ts basil

4 | 1/3 Ts oregano

5 | 1 Ts celery salt

6 | 1 Ts black pepper

7 | 1 Ts dried mustard

8 | 4 Ts paprika

9 | 2 Ts garlic salt

10 | 1 Ts ground ginger

11 | 3 Ts white pepper

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