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Secret KFC original chicken recipe possibly uncovered by Colonel Sanders’ nephew: report

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KFC's famous chicken recipe has been kept a secret by the company for decades, but now there's a possibility that the recipe is in the hands of a Chicago publisher.

The Tribune claims they got the mystery concoction from Colonel Harland Sanders' nephew, who found it in a family scrapbook.

Joe Ledington of Kentucky discovered the formula in a scrapbook that belonged to his late Aunt Claudia, Sanders' second wife, according to the report.

Ledington, 67, said he has used the recipe, a blend of herbs and spices, and believes it's "the real deal."

Chicago Tribune staff tried the recipe, and through several rounds of trial and error, they also think it's the world famous recipe.

They made several batches of chicken using different measurements and coatings, and found that a buttermilk coating with this unique blend of spices and herbs comes pretty close to a batch from KFC.

In a statement to Tribune, KFC didn't confirm or deny the recipe was the secret recipe.

“Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”

The Chicago Tribune listed instructions and ingredients on how to make the chicken on their website.