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Don’t Tell The Colonel! Man Duplicates KFC Recipe. Maybe.

Ron Douglas was challenged by his wife to crack the super-secret blend of 11 herbs and spices in the KFC recipe.

He now has a website (and a book deal) spilling the beans on how to make your very own restaurant food at home. (Photo: Tim Wiencis / Splash News)

The obsession started years ago after a challenge from his wife: Could finance manager Ron Douglas, an avid cook and Kentucky Fried Chicken fan, really crack the code to the best-kept culinary secret in the country? After several attempts, the Long Island, N.Y., man says he may know the 11 herbs and spices in KFC’s recipe — and now he's sharing the secret with the world.


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— 1 teaspoon ground oregano
— 1 teaspoon chili powder
— 1 teaspoon ground sage
— 1 teaspoon dried basil
— 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
— 1 teaspoon pepper
— 2 teaspoons salt
— 2 tablespoons paprika
— 1 teaspoon onion salt
— 1 teaspoon garlic powder
— 2 tablespoons Accent

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You know, I think part of it too is how they cook their chicken. I had heard it was pressure cooked or something. So it stays as juicy as it usually is. Anyone else heard that?
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I bet there's also a secret ingredient that the public can't buy because the Colonel was part of the Pentavarete. 8-)

As this clip explains...
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KFC= food poisoning. Nasty gross, I hate it. I dunno why it's so damn popular. Every single time I've had it in the past, I ALWAYS ended up with food poisoning which is why I haven't been to one in over 10 years.

Now if he could tell me how Chick-fil-A makes their chicken.. I'd be all over that in a heartbeat! I heard they pressure cook theirs as well. Sigh.. so good.. so dang expensive!
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I've been reading and it appears KFC and other places actually use a pressure FRYER and not pressure cooker. The fryers are apparently more 'robust' to handle oil. Only two companies sell a form of pressure fryer for use by the general public in their homes.

Since I doubt a lot of us want to spend extra money for an appliance that would be used sparingly (I hope, for health's sake), an alternate method of cooking it like KFC is to first fry it like conventional fried chicken in a skillet, then transfer to an oven to bake the rest of the way.
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Chick-fil-a is awesome. I know how they make their chicken (but not necessarily the ingredients of the milk-wash or breading, but i know paprika is in it). But they do pressure cook it, specifically in peanut oil. They also marinate it overnight in a marinade made up of mostly pickle juice, and some other stuff I don't know.

Oh, and they also always used 100% white breast meat. For ALL their chicken products.

I once tried recreating some chick-fil-a this way, an it came out quite similar. (I have to... there's no Chick-fil-a's in Washington, and THATS A CRIME!!!!! :C )
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I thought the eleventh spice was Colonel Sanders' tears!
At least in the Mel Gibson version it is

I'm still not sure why anyone would want to emulate chain restaurant food; I mean, it's not bad, but its not great either.

You can get much better food by taking a bit of time to experiment and learn in your own kitchen. It's not that hard. Anyone can cook tolerably well with a little thought.

Your family will be far more impressed when you produce something really tasty of your own devising, than they would be if you plunked down a plate of chicken and said "check it out, it's just like KFC!"
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There was an article in LiveScience a couple weeks ago about William Poundstone's book Big Secrets. He performed a lab analysis and found KFC chicken to have just 4 ingredients: salt, pepper, msg, and flour.
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I love these topics where so many people have definitive (but conflicting) knowledge about something that nobody is supposed to know about. I love the internet.
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I personally like Rush's and Bojangles' the best.. fried chicken wise heh.
I am totally going to get a pressure cooker though, just so I can make homemade chick-fil-a. Drooling just thinking about it!
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The best way to keep this secret would not tell the truth. I don't think there is is 11 herbs and spices. if there isn't 11 then no one will ever discover the secret. All these people trying for years can't get it because there are not 11.
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They use Henny-Penny Pressure fryers with digital sms controls to cook the chicken, no baking. The only baking of chicken is there new grilled. It is laid on black cast iron racks seasoned then put into a convection combi oven and baked,There are no grills for it. How do I know? Because I work on KFC equipment doing repairs daily.
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Well I work at KFC and yes the original chicken is pressure cooked and it takes like twenty minutes to cook. Our crispy goes into the deep friar and we use a separate flour for the crispy apart from the original. as for the grilled it's a complete different seasoning from the crispy and the original. The grilled goes on a grilled rack with another grilled rack on top into an oven. It looks and taste like grilled chicken but technically it's baked. but still... chicken is chicken.
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