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KFC Secret Herbs and Spices Recipe

Kentucky Fried Chicken is up there in terms of secrecy surrounding it’s recipes. the 11 secret herbs and spices have a ton of theories behind them.  A writer named William Poundstone has done a ton of research on the recipe from talking with employees to hiring cooks to reverse engineer some fried chicken. He says that he came up with THE recipe and he’s slanging it in his cookbook.

From what I read, he also provided samples of the seasoning mix, and a food lab found that it consisted solely of sugar, flour, salt, black pepper and monosodium glutamate (MSG).  Basically, those main ingredients along with the use of a Pressure Fryer is what gives KFC that world famous crispy skin and flavor.  A little trick he mentions is to start frying the chicken at around 400F for the first minute or two, then dropping it to about 250F until cooked.

Here’s an outline of several different recipes that I’ve found that seem to mention the same ingredients besides the salt, pepper and Accent

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Friiiiiiiiiiiiied Chicken


  • 2 Tablespoons Accent (MSG seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt

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