KFC's 11 herbs and spices revealed? Can anyone replicate?

madoka

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The Tribune posted a story of finding the famous 11 herbs and spices from the Colonel's nephew. The nephew used to work at the Colonel's restaurant as a young boy and learned how to make the chicken and breading mix.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-kfc-recipe-revealed-20160818-story.html

So the Tribune tried the recipe:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/recipes/ct-kfc-recipe-test-20160818-story.html

and got it to taste like the KFC version.

However, it struck me that they did not follow this part of the recipe:

"The original KFC chicken, I think, was better, because it had more breading to it," Ledington says. "It was individually hand-breaded and dropped in those pressure cookers. You cooked it until it started turning brown. And then you put the lid on the pressure cooker and brought it to 12 pounds of pressure for 10 minutes. And then you started letting the pressure off, and when you uncapped it and the pressure was off, it was perfect: golden brown and fall-off-the-bone."

Can anyone here follow the instructions from the Tribune, but then add the pressure cooker part to it?

BTW, for the curious:

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Imp

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Decades in operation, thousands upon thousands of poorly paid teenagers involved in day to day operations... How has the recipe not been leaked yet and been turned into common knowledge?

I'd still eat/buy KFC if the recipe were available.
 

Linux23

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KFC blows.

And those pressure fryers are expensive and really dangerous to operate if you have no experience.
 

MongGrel

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Salt and grease.

About the only thing we hit KFC up for these days is the cole slaw, and I think Publix is just as good.

The Dodge store does fried chicken better and is closer IMHO, the wife agrees so we hit that for cheap fried chicken now and then.

Have a bunch of hamburgers/hotdogs/ a chicken and some sausages, going to fire up the Weber with some lump wood charcoal tomorrow.

We prep stuff and BBQ and just store it for the week occasionally.
 

Chaotic42

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Sounds reasonable. It's still KFC though, so there's no reason to try and replicate it. :p
 

ultimatebob

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Decades in operation, thousands upon thousands of poorly paid teenagers involved in day to day operations... How has the recipe not been leaked yet and been turned into common knowledge?

I'd still eat/buy KFC if the recipe were available.

I think that the breading flour comes preseasoned when it goes to the store locations.