We all know the story of the Colonel’s 11 secret herbal and spice recipes kept in a top secret vault, and no one knows the original recipe. But recently, Colonel Joe Ledington’s nephew revealed that he has a scrapbook that contains the original handwritten recipe.

Of course, the parent company Yum! They claim the released recipe does not contain real ingredients, but we put them to the test, and it’s very close. Try the recipe below and let us know your thoughts on how it compares!

Important tip – before starting, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature, because we don’t want cold chicken that lowers the temperature of the oil when frying!


° 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

° 3 eggs, beaten

° 4 tablespoons of oil

To paint
° 2 cups flour

° 4 teaspoons paprika

° 1 teaspoon salt

° 1 teaspoon pepper

° 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or chicken broth powder)

° 1 teaspoon of oregano

° 1 teaspoon tarragon

° 1 teaspoon parsley

° 1/2 teaspoon thyme

° 1 teaspoon of chives

° 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

° 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

° 1/2 teaspoon celery salt


Sift the flour, add all the ingredients for the coating, grind it well with a mortar and pestle, and place it in a clean plastic bag. Cover each chicken piece first with the beaten egg, then with the flour mixture in the bag. Make sure each piece is completely covered in flour.

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Slowly fry the chicken in oil without covering it. Once it turns brown, cover the skillet and continue frying over a very low heat until the chicken is completely cooked. Placing on paper towels to leak excess.

Enjoy !

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