KFC recipe challenge: Tribune kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test
- Countless recipes have been tried out in the Tribune test kitchen but never one quite like this.
Our mission: find out if 11 ingredients handwritten on a piece of paper could be the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices that go into Kentucky Fried Chicken's Original Recipe — a closely guarded formula that remains one of the world's biggest culinary mysteries.
The recipe came to us by way of Colonel Harland Sanders' nephew, Joe Ledington of Kentucky. He says he found it in a scrapbook belonging to his late Aunt Claudia, Sanders' second wife. Ledington, 67, says he used to blend the spices that went into his uncle's world-famous fried chicken, and the recipe in question is the real deal.
We wanted to see — make that taste — for ourselves. So we put it to the test.