Fast food fans have spent years searching far and wide for the treasure that is KFC's fried chicken recipe, and it looks like we might have finally struck gold. Colonel Sanders's nephew has apparently leaked the recipe to the Chicago Tribune and we are so excited to try it out! Joe Ledington spilled the supersecret recipe from a scrapbook he said belonged to Claudia Ledington, his father's sister, who married Colonel Harland Sanders in 1949. After meeting with a reporter, Joe turned to the last page of the scrapbook and possibly revealed the ONE thing we've all been dying for: the recipe.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 19, 2016
"That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive," Joe said. KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, later disclosed it isn't too sure about the recipe's authenticity. "Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one's ever been right."
The Tribune put the recipe to the test, comparing it with chicken from KFC. "How was it? Well, really good. In fact, tasters agreed the test kitchen fried chicken was even better than the Colonel's. But more important, did it taste like the Colonel's secret blend of herbs and spices? It came very close, yet something was still missing," the site reported. Once some MSG was added to the recipe, it was "virtually indistinguishable" from the chicken from KFC.
We're all going to have to try out the recipe for ourselves and see if Joe Ledington really changed our fried-chicken-filled lives!