Has anyone ever managed to steal, copy or figure out KFC's secret herb-spice mix?

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  1. tiemu

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    And the way the chicken's cooked?
     
  2. millionsknives

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    I think they use pressure fryer, kind of dangerous, I wouldn't want one at home.
     
  3. mtullius

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    I watched this show a few years ago-

    http://www.cmt.com/videos/top-secret-recipe-101-kfc/1672169/full-episode.jhtml

    The spice is little more that seasoned salt, like Lawry's and a specific type of black pepper called tellicherry. The chicken is brined. It is cooked in a special pressure cooker fryer. The manufacturer supposedly is under contract to sell only to KFC. The oil starts out very hot. A large batch is put in which lowers the temperature considerably. This creates the soft breading and tender meat.
     
  4. eastshores

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    There was a group (forum) of individuals that worked at getting the recipe figured out. They ended up putting this out there (hi-res link) as what they determined to be the recipe. I believe this was done through insider knowledge, as well as a significant amount of testing.


    Here's a sample someone posted on reddit using the above recipe guidelines. They didn't cook this in a pressure fryer though.

     
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  5. dcarch

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    MSG, lots.

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  6. meezenplaz

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    11 herbs and spices and proportions aside, it will never taste like KFC without using a commercial grade pressure fryer.

    It's what gives it its unique crispness.
     
  7. koukouvagia

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    I find the original recipe rather soggy.  I prefer popeyes
     
  8. french fries

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    Vanilla bean in the original recipe! Who'd have thunk. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
     
  9. maryb

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    I doubt the vanilla bean in that large of an amount. It would be very distinct in the seasoning.
     
  10. meezenplaz

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    I don't believe in the vanilla bean neither. I've seen many carnations and claims of KFC ingredients, that's the first I've seen that one.

    The one I miss is Pioneer Chicken.  That was much better than KFC. Lost them in the 80's I think--well, at least around these parts.
     
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  11. tiemu

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    In China I tasted what tasted similar to KFC chicken in a humble hole-in-the-wall restaurant. But I stopped eating it when I discovered blood right in the middle.

    Has anyone noticed KFC tasting different in different countries? In Korea I ate nearly a dozen pieces of chicken and didn't feel sick at all. In Australia I feel sick after eating just 4 because it seems oilier.