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Why did Kentucky Fried Chicken get so bad?

Because their recipe and ingredients have changed substantially since Sanders sold the company, a fact often remarked upon by Colonel Sanders, himself.

Instead ,there are a variety of ways you can get the “original” KFC taste:

  1. Go to Claudia Sanders restaurant. American Restaurant Shelbyville, KY this restaurant is the successor of Colonel Sanders original restaurant in Corbin and serves the same fried chicken recipe as the original, supposedly.
  2. Try Lee’s Famous Chicken. Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Lee Cummings was the nephew of Colonel Sanders, and his recipe is a derived version of his uncle’s original recipe.
  3. Try Marion-Kay 99-X chicken seasoning. https://marionkay.com/product/chicken-seasoning-99-x/ Sanders himself asked Marion-Kay to recreate his recipe. “While alive, Sanders recommended the Marion-Kay seasoning to franchisees over the corporate version, as he believed the latter had been made inferior by its owners[1] ” This recipe was considered as close to the original recipe as you could get, and after Sanders died, KFC barred Marion-Kay from selling the seasoning to their franchisees.