Finger-lickin’ good! After KFC’s top secret recipe was ‘found’, FEMAIL puts it to the test – so how does it compare to the fast-food version?
It’s been a closely guarded family secret for decades, but it looks like the Colonel’s famous fried chicken recipe could finally be out of the bag.
The formula for KFC’s globally successful Original Recipe Kentucky fried chicken is believed to have been discovered by Colonel Sanders’ nephew, revealing the entrepreneur’s top-secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.
The current owner of KFC, Yum! Brands, has disputed the discovery, but many now believe this to be the original secret recipe still used today in the fast food chain.
To find out, expectant mother Joanne Gould, 31, put the family recipe to the test for FEMAIL…
There’s a plethora of fried chicken recipes out there – and many of them attempt to replicate the famous KFC style – but up until now I’ve not been hugely impressed so I’m excited to try this, potentially, original version.
I’m surprised at some of the ingredients and would never have guessed at including things like ground ginger, dried basil or such a large amount of paprika – whilst other spices are fairly obvious, like dried oregano, garlic salt and mustard powder.
There’s quite a bit of oil, so this takes a while, but then the first batch of chicken is ready to go in and be fried for around 15 minutes.
The chicken pieces need to be cooked in batches of three or four so as not to overcrowd the pan, so it takes a fair amount of time to get through my 10 pieces.
You can taste the spices much more clearly in the home-made version and the recipe has a more pleasing kick to it from the paprika and mustard powder – which is lost a bit from the overpowering saltiness otherwise.