A Copycat KFC Recipe

KFC has one of the most closely guarded recipes in the fast food world. Their mystical blend of 11 herbs and spices has never been revealed, and they’ve even gone as far as to keep the recipe’s ratio a secret. It’s a mystery why, but it is in their best interest to do so. Just as a dedicated soft drink aficionado might go through the trouble of duplicating Coke for fun, KFC’s secrecy is part of their marketing strategy.

While there are a number of kfc recipe options on the internet, many claim to be the real deal. These recipes often include a bit of monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is a key ingredient in KFC’s famous batter. MSG adds a salty, savoury kick that appeals to the fifth taste, known as umami. This makes it perfect for complementing fried foods like chicken.

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In 2016, a nephew of Colonel Harland Sanders leaked what he claimed was the secret KFC recipe. Joe Ledington found the recipe scribbled in a book that belonged to his late aunt Claudia, who was the Colonel’s second wife. He also claims that after KFC sold off most of their restaurants, the company changed their spice formula. He says he went to the Marion-Kay spice company and had a special mix made for him that still exists today.

This copycat KFC recipe uses that same spice blend in both the buttermilk marinade and the flour mixture for coating. It’s sure to satisfy any craving for a bucket of finger-lickin’ good fried chicken, and you can even substitute the egg with milk if you need to be dairy free. Serve with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw and homemade fries for the full experience.