This Is Why KFC's Fried Chicken Is So Delicious
- Published: 13 July 2019
- Anyone who's ever bitten into a piping hot piece of KFC's fried chicken knows it's delicious. But what is it that sets KFC apart from other chicken joints? It turns out that there's more to it than just those 11 secret herbs and spices.
Much has been made in KFC's history of its proprietary blend of 11 secret herbs and spices. However, in the culinary world, it's essentially the equivalent of an urban legend, and no one has been able to confirm precisely what comprises that proprietary blend. Or have they? In 2016, the real-life nephew of KFC's legendary Colonel Sanders appeared to give out the top-secret list.
That year, Chicago Tribune reporter Jay Jones traveled to the small town of Corbin, Kentucky, where Colonel Harland Sanders first began serving his now-world-famous fried chicken. There, he met Sanders' nephew Joe Ledington, who shared a family scrapbook with him. And there, scribbled on the back of a living will, was a handwritten list labeled "11 Spices - Mix with 2 Cups White Fl." What were they? Salt, thyme, basil, oregano, celery salt, black pepper, dried mustard, paprika, garlic salt, ground ginger, and white pepper.
Since KFC's official blend of 11 secret herbs and spices has never been verified, it's unclear just how accurate Ledington's list was. But suffice it to say that whatever they're putting on that chicken makes it pretty darn delicious.
Watch the video to see why KFC's fried chicken is so delicious!
Those 11 herbs and spices | 0:15
All the important tastes | 1:29
MSG | 2:17
The number 7 | 3:31
Pressure cooking | 4:30
Fresh, not frozen | 5:43
High-calorie-density foods taste good | 6:30
A potent punch of salt | 7:44
It's cheap and easy | 8:55
It's just as good cold | 9:50
It literally sounds delicious | 10:31