Could this be KFC's secret herbs and spices recipe?

THE mouth-watering mystery behind the decades-old recipe at your local KFC might be over.

A U.S newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, claim they've found the secret herbs and spices recipe first made by Colonel Sanders when he founded the fast food chain.

The recipe was found in a scrapbook that belonged the Sander's second wife, the Tribune's Joe Gray reported.

Gray put the recipe through its paces to really find out if it matched up to the chicken giant's taste.

Here's the recipe they say was contained in the scrapbook:

11 Spices - Mix With 2 Cups White Fl

1. 2/3 Ts Salt

2.  1/2 Ts Thyme

3. 1/2 Ts Basil

4. 1/3 Ts Origino (sic)

5. 1 Ts Celery Salt

6. 1 Ts Black Pepper

7. 1 Ts Dried Mustard

8. 4 Ts Paprika

9. 2 Ts Garlic Salt

10. 1 Ts Ground Ginger

11. 3 Ts White Pepper

Joe and other staff members at the newspaper tested it on their own chicken alongside a batch of the KFC kind, and declared it a pretty close match.

Their hard efforts in the kitchen worked out the secrets in the old recipe too. They worked out the Ts mentioned after each spice does in fact mean tablespoon. They also figured out the perfect way to replicate the fried chicken to get the right taste. 

KFC wouldn't confirm to the Tribune if the recipe was real.