This Is Why KFC's Fried Chicken Is So Delicious

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  • 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!

    #KFC #KentuckyFriedChicken

    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
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Comments • 963

  • Mashed
    Mashed   2 months back

    Where is your favorite place to get fried chicken?

  • DeathAero
    DeathAero  18 hours back

    I work at KFC. Crispy chicken is better than the Original chicken.

    • Nikola Kosteski
      Nikola Kosteski  19 hours back

      Don't worry guys MSG is very safe you can just get all kinds of cancer from it.
      No big Deal

      • Jimimar360
        Jimimar360  1 days back

        Lol “ERBS N SPIZES”

        • Nitalz
          Nitalz  2 days back

          11 spices video 11 minutes

          • Max Powers
            Max Powers  3 days back

            I heard that KFC changed their recipe so they could mass-produce it cheaper. This might be the original recipe but I don't think it is the current recipe most people are familiar with. It is likely pretty close though.

            I don't know how people didn't realize that KFC had MSG. They add enough MSG that it can be tasted very clearly.

            Salt will raise your blood pressure, but carbohydrates also raise your blood pressure. A diet high in carbohydrates requires low salt, while a diet high in fat low in carbohydrates, can have higher amount of salt added. It is about balancing the types of foods you have access to.

            • Gerry Covarrubias
              Gerry Covarrubias  3 days back

              Not the same ,seems too salty now

              • Max Powers
                Max Powers  3 days back

                I'm not sure why so many companies are using way too much salt. I'm not trying to push health issues on to people, saying we need less salt. Just for a matter of taste, everything is just way too salty.

            • uncle zach
              uncle zach  3 days back

              one like equals one spice

              • Ganda Gandara
                Ganda Gandara  4 days back

                What a stupid video. KFC is just salt. 11 herbs and spices my ass!

                • u/man
                  u/man  4 days back

                  there aren't that many spices, the only one is msg

                  • Max Powers
                    Max Powers  3 days back

                    I don't understand how MSG wasn't the first thing they thought of, when they were trying to recreate the recipe. I don't have a problem with MSG, but it is obviously the main thing we taste when eating KFC.

                • CybeR Ryder
                  CybeR Ryder  7 days back

                  All black people like Churches Chicken, say it with me homies

                  • CybeR Ryder
                    CybeR Ryder  6 days back

                    @Vitamin D yea there aren't any near me

                  • Vitamin D
                    Vitamin D  6 days back

                    CybeR Obsidian or Popeyes

                • AbduSK50
                  AbduSK50  1 weeks back

                  Warning: they mean in everywhere but north america

                  • Khang Nguyen
                    Khang Nguyen  2 days back

                    Canada ones are decent, and the ones in Australia aren't even that good

                • Robert Clitmaster
                  Robert Clitmaster  1 weeks back

                  They put opium in the batter

                  • catwoman7100
                    catwoman7100  1 weeks back

                    KFC should have stuck with original recipe, although it's not as good as it used to be. The chicken strips are terrible
                    Only the sauces make them edible!

                    • Just A Noodle
                      Just A Noodle  1 weeks back

                      idk why people are so scared of msg tbh
                      chinese americans eat it all the time

                      • Max Powers
                        Max Powers  3 days back

                        Companies start smear campaigns against other companies all the time. I suspect someone didn't like the competition that Chinese restaurants or giving them so they started a smear campaign against their product. That sort of thing happens all the time. In fact it was crisco that started the campaign against natural fats like lard and tallow, even though crisco is just about the most unhealthy thing you can put in your body. Pharmaceutical companies have even been known to put out studies showing the dangers of taking vitamins. People are given a ton of misinformation, and can't sift through all of it.

                    • tsg_nagger
                      tsg_nagger  1 weeks back

                      SPONSORED BY KFC

                      • swapdog
                        swapdog  1 weeks back

                        4:30 did anyone notice that the chicken piece looks like peter griffin in profile position

                        • Why has god forsaken us

                          Its not delicious. Its greasy

                          • Cruel Z
                            Cruel Z  2 weeks back

                            Got KFC yesterday, saw this video today

                            • Lucas Buchardt Knudsen 8A Vestergårdsskolen

                              I don’t like kfc chiken

                              • Jay Val
                                Jay Val  2 weeks back

                                You forgot what is the mixture of the flour? 1:1 flour & cornstarch or potato powder and some egg white powder to become crispy.

                                • Brian M.
                                  Brian M.  2 weeks back

                                  It ain't.

                                  • GM Norman
                                    GM Norman  2 weeks back

                                    But it's not tho

                                    • Miyu Mikado
                                      Miyu Mikado  2 weeks back

                                      Just 5.99 for 2 pieces of chicken 1100 mg sodium each 11 herbs and spices and... 2 bites of actual meat. Seriously their pieces of chicken are the smallest i ever seen, 1 chicken breast at grocery store makes like 5 KFC chicken breasts.

                                      • MystTakingLives
                                        MystTakingLives  2 weeks back

                                        the secret ingredient is called love

                                        • Julius Adams
                                          Julius Adams  2 weeks back

                                          Why is KFC Fried Chicken taste so Good because it has all that extremely high sodium seasonings and spices that makes it taste so Good you might as well enjoy it you can't live forever so what if your blood pressure Rises enjoy life while you can

                                          • viggo_ hellzpong__
                                            viggo_ hellzpong__  2 weeks back

                                            I mean.... it isn´t good? It´s just bland..

                                            • sam wise
                                              sam wise  2 weeks back

                                              Chick fil a >>>>>> KFC

                                              • Henrik Thomas
                                                Henrik Thomas  2 weeks back

                                                Who else is really triggered about how she says "erbes"

                                                • John Coops
                                                  John Coops  5 days back

                                                  @S1n1stersixs Gaming - yes, Herb is a short hand of Herbert, like John might be a short form of Jonathon. English is a language based on many other languages, so it's always going to be inconsistent in line with the word's original roots. Americans love to randomly choose words to mispronounce, seemingly for no other reason than to be different.

                                                • S1n1stersixs Gaming
                                                  S1n1stersixs Gaming  5 days back

                                                  @John Coops trust me, wonder the same thing also, Herb may be short hand of Herbert? Phonetics vs. grammatic structure and the English language in general is a clusterf*ck

                                                • John Coops
                                                  John Coops  6 days back

                                                  @S1n1stersixs Gaming - I wonder why Americans pronounce Herb as "Erb" yet anyone named Herb is called "Herb"?
                                                  They pronounce Mazda as "MaRSder", Nissan as "NEEson" and Solder as "SODDar" despite pronouncing Folder, Bolder, Older, Colder and every other "..older" word correctly.
                                                  Strange people LOL

                                                • S1n1stersixs Gaming
                                                  S1n1stersixs Gaming  1 weeks back

                                                  Depends on the side of the pond brother, Pronounced Herb in the British isles and Erb in America, either way I'm ok with, not worth having a aneurism over

                                                • John Coops
                                                  John Coops  2 weeks back

                                                  Yep - every single time she said it, I cringed. I lasted to 1:20, hit pause and scrolled down to make this comment.
                                                  FFS, it's spelt HERBS with a *H* - If her Youtube channel is "Mashed", should we pronounce that as "Mased"?

                                              • Binish Babu
                                                Binish Babu  2 weeks back

                                                Fast decision run the 🚪🛢💸

                                                • Naruto Namikaze
                                                  Naruto Namikaze  2 weeks back

                                                  I already know this

                                                  • SeJason 56
                                                    SeJason 56  2 weeks back

                                                    9:40 No wonder the Hound demanded to 'eat every fucking chicken' in that room...

                                                    • Brad Martin
                                                      Brad Martin  2 weeks back

                                                      I know one of the secret spices it’s called love

                                                      • Javier Vargas
                                                        Javier Vargas  3 weeks back

                                                        Only real ones remember Pioneer Chicken.

                                                        • Mystical SG
                                                          Mystical SG  3 weeks back

                                                          Try Jollibee?

                                                          • Declan Dude plays
                                                            Declan Dude plays  3 weeks back

                                                            When I had kfc I hated it

                                                            • bjxxx
                                                              bjxxx  3 weeks back

                                                              Who in the actual hell was the ad exec who decided to portray the KFC Colonel as the creepiest white guy since John Wayne Gacy?

                                                              • Harmie 👌🏾
                                                                Harmie 👌🏾  2 weeks back

                                                                bjxxx some idiots who don’t know how to be funny

                                                            • Legoom
                                                              Legoom  3 weeks back

                                                              Popeyes is 10000000 times better than kfc. Kfc's kitchen feeld like rubber,

                                                              • Warp
                                                                Warp  2 weeks back

                                                                I LOVE kfc

                                                              • oakoakain
                                                                oakoakain  2 weeks back

                                                                KFC is soggy

                                                            • Edmunds Freaxx
                                                              Edmunds Freaxx  3 weeks back

                                                              Also amazing diarrhea for 3 days. :)

                                                              • Grass
                                                                Grass  3 weeks back

                                                                When everyone talks about KFC's fried chicken but no one talk about KFC's fries
                                                                *sad KFC's fries noise*

                                                                • Thomas Gray R. Ramos
                                                                  Thomas Gray R. Ramos  3 weeks back

                                                                  *_*"because they have a secret ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)"*_*

                                                                  • Swords And sandals
                                                                    Swords And sandals  3 weeks back

                                                                    The secret ingredient was a pinch of cocaine

                                                                    • Hyper Nova
                                                                      Hyper Nova  3 weeks back

                                                                      I go diarea after i ate kfc

                                                                      Sorry i cant spell well

                                                                      • Ted Mcgee
                                                                        Ted Mcgee  5 days back

                                                                        The employee that prep your chicken took a shit, then mopped the floor without washing his hands first

                                                                    • VJ Gaming ROBLOX
                                                                      VJ Gaming ROBLOX  3 weeks back

                                                                      Thank you.

                                                                      • can you wait?
                                                                        can you wait?  3 weeks back

                                                                        It's nasty now

                                                                        • AngeryChickenLord
                                                                          AngeryChickenLord  3 weeks back

                                                                          delicious? i never knew toilets appreciate shit

                                                                          • aqua. ghost
                                                                            aqua. ghost  3 weeks back

                                                                            Me: watches the her herbs and spices list

                                                                            Also me: grabs every single thing on the list

                                                                            • Sand Paper
                                                                              Sand Paper  3 weeks back

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