Chicken Impossible


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Aug 21, 2003
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Chattanooga, TN
Somebody call Ethan Hunt at IMF, or Danny Ocean or Thomas Crown... here's a challenge for them... steal the KFC's secret recipe from high tech security vaults.

Colonel's secret recipe in new, safer vault at KFC

By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Writer Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press Writer 26 mins ago, Ky. Colonel Sanders' handwritten recipe for fried chicken was back in its Kentucky home Tuesday after five months in hiding while KFC upgraded security around its top corporate secret.
Nothing went afoul when the recipe was returned from an undisclosed location to KFC's headquarters late Monday in a lockbox handcuffed to the wrist of a security consultant.
KFC President Roger Eaton was visibly relieved when the door to a new electronic safe was shut with the single sheet of yellowing paper stashed inside. "Mission accomplished," he said.
"It was very nerve wracking," Eaton said later of the recipe's hiatus from a vault where it has been kept for decades. "I don't want to be the only president who's lost the recipe."
KFC is a subsidiary of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., which also owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's and A&W All-American Food.
The recipe lays out a mix of 11 herbs and spices that coat the chain's Original Recipe chicken, including exact amounts for each ingredient. It is written in pencil and signed by Harland Sanders.
The iconic recipe is now protected by an array of high-tech security gadgets, including motion detectors and cameras that allow guards to monitor the vault around the clock.
"It's like an onion of security many layers," said security expert Bo Dietl, who brought the recipe back to the building.
Personally I think it's a bit much but then again it makes sense because if that recipe is lost or worse stolen then KFC won't have much of a future. Maybe there are other fried chicken that is preferred by some folks but KFC does have that one of a kind taste that I haven't found in Churches, Popeyes, Chik-a-fila or any other fried chicken resturant.
The idea of someone breaking in just to steal that yellowing piece of paper would make for a funny parody of Mission Impossible or Ocean's 11...
What's your favorite chicken restaurant?


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Nov 18, 2005
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Many years ago the book "Bigger Secrets" looked at some of these secret recipes including the original Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine's and Colonel Sander's chicken.

To make a long story short, the original recipe isn't at use at KFC and hasn't been for a long time. What's currently slathered onto the birds is almost entirely flour, salt and pepper.


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Jan 14, 2009
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The idea of someone breaking in just to steal that yellowing piece of paper would make for a funny parody of Mission Impossible or Ocean's 11...

If it did get stolen then the police would soon suspect fowl play. ;)

And that KFC executive would sure have egg on his face!