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Could This Really Be Col. Sanders’ Secret Fried Chicken Recipe? Nephew Says “Yes”

August 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A nephew of Col. Harland D. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame gave a Chicago Tribune reporter – and the world – what he believes is the original “finger lickin’ good” recipe of 11 herbs and spices. Although KFC officialy denied the recipe is authentic – it’s been a tightly kept secret for many years – 67-year-old Joe Ledington is pretty sure it’s the same ingredients he used to mix up every day for his uncle in Corbin, Ky., back in the 1960s before KFC became a corporate behemoth. Where was the recipe found? On a handwritten note on the back of a page of the Last Will & Testament of Joe’s Aunt Claudia, the Colonel’s second wife, who died in 1996.
Jay Jones, "KFC Recipe Revealed? Tribune Shown Family Scrapbook with 11 Herbs and Spices", Chicago Tribune, August 19, 2016, © Chicago Tribune
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