Colonel Sanders recipe re­vealed by age­ing nephew

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

IS the se­cret KFC recipe a se­cret no more?

A US news­pa­per says it may have in­ad­ver­tently stum­bled upon the closely guarded blend of spices and herbs that coat the global restau­rant chain’s sig­na­ture fried chicken.

A key in­gre­di­ent, ac­cord­ing to the Chicago Tribune, is white pep­per – the aro­matic kin of reg­u­lar pep­per, but with­out the dark skin.

The news­pa­per sent a re­porter to write a story about Corbin, Ken­tucky – a small lake­side town where the first KFC chicken was served more than 75 years ago, and the home­town of KFC founder Har­land Sanders.

There he met Sanders’ 67-yearold nephew Joe Led­ing­ton, who still lives in the town. Sift­ing through a fam­ily scrap­book, Led­ing­ton dis­played a hand­writ­ten recipe, the Tribune re­ported.

“That is the orig­i­nal 11 herbs and spices that were sup­posed to be so se­cre­tive,” Led­ing­ton told the news­pa­per, which said that he ap­peared less sure about the recipe’s au­then­tic­ity in a sub­se­quent phone in­ter­view.

The KFC com­pany was not as coy, in­sist­ing the se­cret is still safe.

“Many peo­ple have made these claims over the years and no one has been ac­cu­rate – this one isn’t ei­ther,” it said in a state­ment.

KFC heav­ily pub­li­cises its se­cret recipe, in­sist­ing it is kept safely in a vault and trans­ported in an ar­moured truck.

How­ever, many recipes on­line claim to du­pli­cate the KFC fried chicken taste.

And if the Tribune’s lat­est recipe claim is not ac­cu­rate, it may be aw­fully close.

The news­pa­per said it tried out the recipe in its test kitchen and com­pared it to KFC Orig­i­nal Recipe Chicken.

It found its chicken “vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able from the batch bought at KFC”.

News of the mere pos­si­bil­ity the news­pa­per may have stum­bled on the long-sought recipe caught the at­ten­tion of other US me­dia.

But a news­pa­per in Louisville, Ken­tucky – home to the head­quar­ters of the KFC cor­po­rate gi­ant, which over­sees restau­rants in more than 18,000 lo­ca­tions world­wide – was scep­ti­cal.

“Too much pa­prika,” a Couri­erJour­nal re­porter said. “So I’ll side with KFC on this.” –

Photo: AFP

One of Colonel Sanders’ de­scen­dants may have re­vealed KFC’s fa­mously “se­cret” recipe to the Chicago Tribune.

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