KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken

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One of the most protected, discussed, and sought-after secret recipes in the food world is KFC's Original Recipe Fried Chicken. Long ago I published my first hack of the famous formula, but the recipe, which was based on research from "Big Secrets" author William Poundstone, includes only salt, pepper, MSG, and flour in the breading, and not the blend of eleven herbs and spices we have all heard about. The fried chicken made with my first recipe is good in a pinch, but it really needs several more ingredients to be a true clone. That is why, over twenty years later, I was happy to get another crack at the secret when we shot the pilot episode for my CMT TV series Top Secret Recipe. In the show, I visited KFC headquarters, talked to friends of Harlan Sanders who had seen the actual recipe, and even checked out the Corbin, Kentucky, kitchen where Harland Sanders first developed his chicken recipe. During that four-day shoot I was able to gather enough clues about the secret eleven herbs and spices to craft this new recipe—one that I believe is the closest match to the Colonel's secret fried chicken that anyone has ever revealed.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Step-By-Step by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon MSG (Such as Accent seasoning)
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Score: 4.69. Votes: 13
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Nov 17, 2020, 12:37

Amazing chicken. Followed directions to the letter but substituted SAVORY with THYME. Used a temp gun to measure oil temp. I was frying chicken for years at the wrong temp and would end up with crunch on the outside and uncooked on the inside. Thank you Todd.

Tim Miller
Nov 16, 2019, 08:42

I made this recipe and mixed in real KFC and nobody could tell the difference in looks or taste.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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