Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Original Recipe has long been my favorite fried chicken (besides my mother’s, of course). About once a month, nothing will do but to run to the KFC restaurant down the street for a bucket of finger licking goodness. I was never sure what makes it so tasty, but it definitely involved black pepper.
The Chicago Tribune thinks they have seen the recipe:
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.
The Tribune staff, through a little trial and error, fried up a batch that they claim was mighty close to the Colonel’s chicken. It did involve one more ingredient, but don’t worry, they included that bit of info in the story.
KFC’s reaction? “Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”