KFC's iconic original chicken recipe was leaked so we gave it a go

KFC's iconic original chicken recipe was leaked so we gave it a go

Yup the 11 secret herbs and spices is not a secret anymore!
20 June 2023 3:46PM

A Tik Tok video has gone viral for leaking the recipe of the original chicken recipe including the 11 secret herbs and spices. 

And we had to give it a go to check if it was the real deal - if it actually tastes like the original one. 

We got our Producer T-Money from Mai Morning Crew to give it a try - also cause we know he cooks and he wouldn't waste the food and ingredients. 

This is what Chef T-Money had to say regarding his experience: 

"Look, I'm no Colonel Sanders. But I can sure as hell follow a recipe. It seemed easy enough, 11 herbs and spices, how hard can it be. And as it turns out, not hard at all. SO easy. To be perfectly fair it tastes about as close to KFC as a spider web is to candy floss, but it's still damn good chicken. Even an idiot like me can do it, give it a try for yourself!" - Producer T-Money aka Producer T-Pūtea

Scroll down to check Tegan, Fame and Storme's honest reviews!

The recipe and ingredients according to the video:


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound chicken, cut into 6 pieces
  • oil
  • 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 (msg based seasoning)


  • Combine the egg and buttermilk in a large bowl
  • Combine the flour and all the herbs and spices in a separate bowl
  • Roll the chicken pieces in the egg and buttermilk mixture, then roll the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour mixture until completely covered. 
  • Deep fry for 15 minutes at 170 degrees. 

Here's Mai Morning Crew's reviews for Producer T-Money's KFC:


Overall Taste - 2.5/5

Compared to the original KFC - 0.5/5

"It's not bad, not great but it did the job. If you put in your mouth and chew for about five seconds then you get like a really brief taste of KFC and then after that it's gone. It does the job. It's as greasy. "


Overall Taste - 4.5/5 

Compared to the original KFC - 1.5/5

"If you were to have this chicken with mash and potato, and coleslaw from KFC, full on meal. I love it"


Overall Taste - 4/5

Compared to the original KFC - 3/5

"T-Money's chicken that he cooked was delicious. He did preface to us that he added maybe a touch too much paprika compared what the recipe said. And you can definitely taste the paprika. So I believe that, that is the only reason it didn't quite taste like KFC It was honestly very tasty. I could taste the hints, but there was too much paprika. But I love paprika so who cares!"