Food Theory: I SOLVED KFC's Secret Recipe! (KFC Chicken)
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Food Theorists, this is not the first time I've talked about KFC or Colonel Sanders on this channel and I'm sure it won't be the last. However, today just may be the most important day on this channel... if you love fried chicken like I do! You see, I believe I have figured out the SECRET recipe that makes KFC chicken taste so good. Join us as we taste test our way to the best homemade fried chicken EVER! Science has never tasted so good.
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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Luke Barats
Editors: Forrest Lee and Danial "BanditRants" Keristoufi
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy Sound Editor: Yosi Berman
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  • Bananaman

    Nobody: Matpat: *casually plugs game theory merch*

  • Kynan LinJunzhe
    Kynan LinJunzhe

    I think this vid is an excuse to eat more fried chicken

  • PuffonXe _
    PuffonXe _

    After watching the video, I can conclude that im hungry

  • Ezra Walker
    Ezra Walker

    I just used the recipe to make instant ramen bc I didn't have chicken lol Tasted great!

  • Ezra Walker
    Ezra Walker

    Did you mean the best chicken conTENDERS (I'm sorry)

  • Armani Johnson
    Armani Johnson


  • Wraithling

    Sponsored by 99x

  • Penguin Vibes
    Penguin Vibes

    matpat it was probably because you compared new KFC to attempts of the original KFC recipe which even you said changed over time

  • Arjun Pai
    Arjun Pai

    Citric acid runs over world

  • Keenan Huerta
    Keenan Huerta

    Do more of these!!!

  • Planar Guide
    Planar Guide

    Wholesome Mat not eating pepper

  • Alisa Bishop
    Alisa Bishop

    My dad is a chef

  • Ashhad Shabih
    Ashhad Shabih

    simple work at kfc

  • -Gemberkoekje-

    The secret ingredient is... Nothing!

  • Shannon Gromadski
    Shannon Gromadski

    what was the tramatic incident

  • TJ York
    TJ York

    There is an ad at 15:06 you said Joe came forward with, and an pops on that says,my hepatitis c. It was so good but so bad.

  • TJ York
    TJ York

    I know how to use it safely... Just what is it u do for a living again?

  • Nightdraklin

    This whole series is basically a Spongebob reference

  • Kaleb Beer
    Kaleb Beer

    That tong at 25:36 made me uncomfortable

  • Rico BS
    Rico BS

    Imagien if u had a pressure fryer tho lol.

  • Rico BS
    Rico BS

    One dumb sorryyeieiisisesviididsseemovoviei siss

  • Rico BS
    Rico BS

    Your pmom. Pride lmao well tweak the sugar mnnn 😂 :(

  • Rico BS
    Rico BS


  • Rico BS
    Rico BS

    He would not be round abscess respected u lol.! 😂

  • Rico BS
    Rico BS

    No offense by that's mean lol bgl thoosthos

  • U Tubred
    U Tubred

    11 different forms of salt, clearly, also, NEVER has their chicken been remotely crispy, its always a greasy soggy fuckin mess

  • scar

    Why does this video want me to work at KFC and find out the secret recipe

  • Joziboom 789
    Joziboom 789

    My dad makes fried chicken and it tastes the same but im not sure of the recipie

    • Marco Molinero
      Marco Molinero

      GET ITTTT!

  • Aidan Shepard
    Aidan Shepard

    did you ever try the recipe from binging with babish?

  • Bedinsis

    Hey, I have an idea for a video. Something I once read somewhere was that Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero are the same drink, the only thing that is different between them is that the former is marketed to women and the latter to men. I wonder if this is true?

  • Vanessa Graves
    Vanessa Graves

    I'm team blind taste test for the next time doing this to make 100% sure

  • Coolgamer24 YD
    Coolgamer24 YD

    What if some of the Recipes weren’t close because in different places there a different KFC’s and they might have different taste

  • Belmont

    The secret ingerdient is.... sweat

  • Skier1215

    I mean, my university has a GC Mass Spec...and I’d love to have y’all use it at some point. Problem is that I live in South Carolina and y’all are in California.

  • Cohen Griffin
    Cohen Griffin

    Did you know he killed a person for the buisness and only 3 people know the recipe

  • KetMax

    I got an ad convincing people to go vegan before this video played

  • Shotaro

    If this episode got copyrighted or Mat receiving lawsuit after this, we will know that we made it.

  • Firegray

    the lab result is 100% wrong, even us cooks know there is a powdered egg and milk blend we add to the breading mix the msg and pepper may be correct idk

  • Dom_VR

    POV: You are looking to see if Todd commented

  • That on kid you hated in school
    That on kid you hated in school

    I know the recipe

  • Melvin Bartlett
    Melvin Bartlett

    Kfc hasnt put 11 herbs into the mix for a very long time.

  • Wolf king Ramos
    Wolf king Ramos

    Where can I buy 99x ?

  • shaun griffin
    shaun griffin

    You’re too late Bender already found out what the secret recipe is, it’s chicken, grease and salt.

  • Bastian Carr
    Bastian Carr

    This video is trying to pull off a taste version of the movie Perfume.

  • Siri Phone
    Siri Phone

    Is this legal

  • Laís Fernanda
    Laís Fernanda

    Here in Brazil my grandmother actually uses orange to make chicken taste better, not just fryed. It's very normal.

  • Rob

    i mean KFC today doesnt taste like KFC from my childhood

  • Rob

    msg makes everything better?

  • Hary Need
    Hary Need

    american food taste so bland for me

  • Connie Smith
    Connie Smith

    You can find a mass spec at just about any college Organic Chem lab. I don't know what it would take to gain access but at a public university I would think that there may be a way without having to enroll.

  • Reham Gamal
    Reham Gamal

    لو حد فاهم بالعربي يكتبلي ايه بقي الخلطه

  • NeverMetTheGuy

    It's almost like British food is terrible, and they don't know what they're talking about.

  • Tacos

    Just get a job at kfc

    • Simon Dahl
      Simon Dahl

      They don't make the spice mix at the restaurant.

  • PianoBench


  • Ani Zhuzhi
    Ani Zhuzhi

    I have

  • Davis Bozeman
    Davis Bozeman

    Next you should do the coke a cola secret recipe

  • paul skillman
    paul skillman

    Why don't you just go buy some?

  • Alardith

    If you're reading this, go to the KFC twitter page and look at who they follow. Someone deserves a raise.

  • Rudraneilegonite

    Its water, consumable stuff, food, and 8 more things.

  • Tariq Al bdour
    Tariq Al bdour

    It’s funny how in all this time and all these tries 2 people found out what the recipe was out of everyone else


    I grew up in the 70's and 80's and I 100% can say that the taste/look/texture of KFC has changed DRASTICALLY over 40 years. It tastes nothing like it used to, honestly it stopped tasting GOOD since 2000. Sorry to break it to you MAT... But KFC back in the 70's and 80's did have a sweet taste and the skin was sticky not all dry and hard like nowadays. The meat of the chicken used to have a juicy softness not dry and bland.

  • TheBigR69

    I forgot how beautiful Stephanie is, physically and personality

  • Jonrlax J.
    Jonrlax J.

    It's literally just flour, salt and MSG. Worked there.

  • Debra Garner
    Debra Garner

    I just do not know? I think i wanna try 99x because today Kentucky Fried Chicken ,taste terrible! I don't why, it just is to me!

  • SneekNDestroy420

    You should get some Good Ole Canes Chicken

  • Animadumb or Animatroxa
    Animadumb or Animatroxa

    "KFC really wants to know your location"

  • aroura skeatch
    aroura skeatch

    I work for kfc! Fun fact: they send us the flower pre-spiced. We have no idea whats in it eather... what? you think their trusting underpaid teenagers with the one secret keeping this conglomerate afloat?

  • Zach_PlaysOPYT


  • takumi to
    takumi to

    Thr special sauce is just ketchup and mayo. Like brennens fancy sauce.

  • Mission B.O.B
    Mission B.O.B

    i had no idea steph and matpat were married i thought they was brother and sister

  • Mr. Eggo
    Mr. Eggo

    I’m getting hungry watching these videos

  • Orion Solomon
    Orion Solomon

    You thought it was Kentucky dirt in chicken that’s in the fryer

  • Ryan Johnson
    Ryan Johnson

    Chicken grease + salt! 👻

  • Road Rip
    Road Rip

    Did do any of these of camera

  • Joshua Ennim
    Joshua Ennim


  • JD Vera
    JD Vera

    How Food Theory imagines BWB: Scary guy with giant whisk How BWB actually is: Friendly guy with tiny whisk

    • Nexus1369

      BWB? Nvm it was Babish

  • Hidden Squid
    Hidden Squid

    Though Some of these are for the old recipe like tc34d So comparing them to the current isnt the best Also kfc uses pressure fryers like they said so that might make it slightly diffrent

  • Sacha Dollé
    Sacha Dollé

    Ehm... chicken?

  • maurice2572

    A youtube channel this size should not have any problems when it comes to acquiring a mass spectrometer, you can get one for around 35.000 dollars and you don't need any special permits or anything like that

  • Joseph Cirrincone
    Joseph Cirrincone

    That last little bit was adorable

  • Marguarite Therese
    Marguarite Therese

    So, if the spice recipe Colonel Sanders sold and recommended is so similar to KFC's current original recipe...does that mean KFC went back to Colonel Sander's recipe?

  • Ten

    the 99-X theory sounds really real

  • Kynikoi

    Add lemon to milk and you make buttermilk


    Not really accurate in a store there is about 500 bags 1kilogram each of dry beans across all brands and even more in rice and 1 bag of both as a meal can last you 3 days and you would be full and they both last forever so just 2 products can last you 4 years and vitamins and most food supplements dont go bad ever even if their shelf life is passed, pasta alone with all different kinds can last you 20years +

    • Muhammad Rahman hakim
      Muhammad Rahman hakim


    • Muhammad Rahman hakim
      Muhammad Rahman hakim

      Wrong video

  • MonsterHunterKing

    lawsuit coming soon

  • Eoko Dincht
    Eoko Dincht

    The Food Theorists have basically just proved citric acid is the deciding factor, the majority of the time. They should just always add citric acid now, to every experiment. lol

  • _ LettucesaurusRex _
    _ LettucesaurusRex _

    22:00 "you try to read into every little thing and find meaning in everything anyone says you'll just drive yourself crazy, h"

  • Mz Yahoo
    Mz Yahoo

    Years ago I had a friend who worked at KFC.. he asked if I wanted to know what the secret recipe was. Of course I did ! He said pepper, pepper, pepper, pepper pepper !!!

  • Jacky Linn
    Jacky Linn

    The recipe is hot oil Gmo Chicken meat and spices

  • Jacky Linn
    Jacky Linn


  • Jake :[
    Jake :[

    my university has a masspectrometer but according to my father it's a piece of junk

  • J B
    J B

    KFC is not what it used to be I've had better home Made chicken

  • Robot Max
    Robot Max

    I see your puns matpat “conTENDERS”

  • Benjamino

    People like you are what is wrong with this planet. This is the theft or propagation of theft of an intellectual property and it’s people like you who have no regard for the hard work people put into making things that will put them in the history books and secure a future for their families. You think that someone’s success means that you can steal from them because you are a slimy, good-for-nothing thief and the world would be better off without you

  • Stacy Banks
    Stacy Banks


  • Stacy Banks
    Stacy Banks


  • Mayank Kumar Mittal
    Mayank Kumar Mittal

    i had seen so much kfc that i was thrown into colonel sanders chicken

  • StarTheNarrator *
    StarTheNarrator *

    25:37 why

  • barbazzoop

    Hey I’m Malaysian don’t make fun of it

  • Bill Cipher
    Bill Cipher

    MatPat: Hey guys welcome to FOOD THEORY! Me: Dude u said that wearing a Game Theory jacket. U traitor. Lol. Nice jacket! Where can I get that?