Curse of the Colonel

In 1985, the Hanshin Tigers (Japanese professional baseball team) won the Japanese Series (equivalent to the U.S. World Series). Led by American Randy Bass, a former Major League Baseball player, the team was a surprise winner. As the team had never won the Japanese Series and it had been 21 years since they had even won their division, their rabid fans went wild. In celebration the fans went to the near by Ebisubashi Bridge and as each player’s name was yelled out, someone who looked like that player jumped from the bridge into the canal. When they got to Bass, there was no one who was a tall caucasian with a beard. Luckily there was a KFC near by. Fans removed a life-sized statue of Colonel Sanders from the restaurant, took it to the bridge and threw him over to the cheers of the crowd.

The fate of the team has been awful since then. For the following 16 years, the team was last in their division ten times and in the bottom half another four more. Quickly the idea of the “Curse of the Colonel” came into being. It was put forward that until the Colonel is removed from the canal and returned, the Tigers would not win another Series title.

There have been a number of attempts to find the Colonel in the canal and finally in 2009 most of him was found. In fact, everything but his left hand and glasses were recovered. Although a newly fashioned hand and glasses were added and the statue returned to a KFC location, it is said that the curse will never be removed until the original left hand and glasses are recovered.


Photo Sep 03, 5 53 39 PM copy - Featured SizeWhile not the Colonel’s chicken, it is pretty darn good!

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I love that this recipe uses boneless thighs which are my favorite cut of chicken.

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Fry the chicken until browned.

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Into the baking dish.

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It sizzles when removed from the oven.

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Such awesome flavors. I’d jump into a canal just to get some more of this!

Limehouse Chicken

Prep Time: 5 Min | Cook Time: 55 Min | Makes: 6 servings


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, chopped


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Combine the flour, salt and paprika in a large plastic bag. Sprinkle lime juice over the chicken thighs, then place them in the bag. Shake pieces around until completely coated.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook just until browned on each side. Transfer to a baking dish. Mix together the brown sugar and lime zest; sprinkle over the chicken. Pour the chicken broth and white wine into the pan. Sprinkle mint over the top.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Chicken should be cooked through and juices will run clear.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 260 | Total Fat: 16.7g | Cholesterol: 43mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database


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Categories: Baking3, Chicken2, Fried, Fruit 2, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Curse of the Colonel”

  1. April 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Looks tasty. I will have to try it.


  2. April 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    That looks amazing. I was just out tonight and grilled chicken and a salad (what a waste, huh!) and it seems you’re here to tempt me more! The wine and lime…my mouth is watering.


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