What are the 11 herbs and spices in KFC?

SINCE KFC was founded in 1952, it has grown to become the second largest restaurant chain in the world.

The chain is known for its fried chicken, and now fast-food lovers want to know what herbs and spices they use.

KFC uses a unique blend of 11 herbs and spices


KFC uses a unique blend of 11 herbs and spicesCredit: Alamy

What are the 11 herbs and spices in KFC?

In 1930, KFC founder Harland Sanders bought a roadside motel in Kentucky and began serving Southern-style chicken.

Then, nine years later, he perfected his unique blend of 11 herbs and spices that are still used today.

Over the years many have attempted to replicate the recipe, but most have failed due to the secrecy behind the blend.

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However, in 2016, the recipe was discovered by Chicago Tribune reporter Jay Jones after sitting down for an interview with Joe Ledington, Sanders’ nephew.

The 11 herbs and spices include:

  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/3 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 4 tsp peppers
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp white pepper

These herbs and spices are then mixed with two cups of white flour.

“These are the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secret,” Ledington told Jones at the time.

However, in a separate interview, he is said to have retracted his certainty, saying, “It could be; I don’t know exactly,” in reference to the handwritten list of ingredients.

KFC's spices include salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and oregano


KFC’s spices include salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and oreganoPhoto credit: Getty

How many KFCs are there?

The first KFC was opened by Sanders in 1952 near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Five years later, Americans across the country were raving about KFC’s chicken, and it has since grown to become the world’s second largest restaurant chain, behind McDonald’s.

“Our food always has an appetite. We’re the original fried chicken experts, and everything we do celebrates our passion for serving good food with finger licking,” writes the website.

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“Whether it’s a reinterpretation of our world-famous iconic recipes, innovative ways to serve fried chicken, or new dishes inspired by our original roots, everything we make must be uniquely KFC.”

Today, KFC (as of December 2019) is represented in 150 countries and has more than 22,000 locations worldwide.

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