KFC 11 herbs and spices?

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that it may have uncovered Col. Harland Sanders’ secret original recipe for his famed KFC chicken.

A freelance reporter for the newspaper said he stumbled upon the recipe at the home of Joe Ledington, a nephew of the colonel by marriage, while paging through a scrapbook once owned by Sanders’ late wife, Claudia Sanders. The the scrapbook was passed down through various family members since Claudia Sanders died in 1997. Ledington said the book – which contains photos of the Sanderses’ wedding, original franchise agreements and original photos of overseas restaurant openings.

The recipe was handwritten on a piece of paper tucked into an envelope that contained a copy of Claudia Sanders’ will, he said.

But in an email to the Courier-Journal, a KFC spokesperson said the recipe isn’t theirs. “Many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate – this one isn’t either,” the email said. “Though, we imagine that might make some tasty fried chicken, too.”

You would expect them to make this statement even if this is the real deal.

2 cups flour
2/3 tablespoons of salt
1/2 tablespoon of thyme
1/2 tablespoon of basil
1/3 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of celery salt
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of dried mustard
4 tablespoons of paprika
2 tablespoons of garlic salt
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
3 tablespoons of white pepper