Corruption Seasoning Mix Recipe, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken

Corruption Seasoning Recipe Mix (As Seen on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives)!

Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken has a not-so secret seasoning salt. They call it Corruption, and according to Uncle Lou himself, “One taste and you’ll be corrupted!”. If that isn’t an enticing tagline, I don’t know what is.

Furthermore, I have a running theory that the best chicken joints are in strip malls, and Uncle Lou’s fits that description to a T! This is some down home southern cooking, with the hospitality to boot, so put on your best Southern Drawl, and read below for how to make this seasoning! But first…:

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The Recipe (Adapted From T.V.):

Mix In A Bowl

Garlic Powder2 Tbsp
Mild Chili Powder2 Tbsp
Salt2 Tbsp
Paprika1 Tbsp
Onion Powder1 Tbsp
Celery Salt1 Tsp
Sugar1 Tsp
Lemon Pepper1 Tsp
Hickory Smoke Seasoning1/2 Tsp

Importantly, if you want a delicious seasoned salt without going to the store, I recommend you buy Johnny’s Seasoning Salt to spice up your kitchen!

Juicy fried chicken breast, thigh, and a golden brown biscuit and fries

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Generally, in my experience, these ingredients are best utilized as a dry rub before frying or cooking your meats. A quick aside, this rub is great for pork as well as an excellent poultry seasoning!

However, you could also do what Uncle Lou does, and season your chicken, your flour, and your chicken right out of the fryer! The result? Just look at this photo:

Deliciously smotheredd chicken leg from Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken

Additionally, if you want to make this chicken dish as authentic as they make it in Memphis, TN, then you’ll want to buy some Uncle Lou’s Sweet and Spicy Love Sauce to combine it with!

Believe me when I say that you can’t go wrong with this combination!

Since the sauce is essentially the Corruption Seasoning in liquid form, you’ll end up with a seductively balanced mixture that will melt your heart. But, don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself and let me know how you like it here or on Pinterest, I’m The Chicken Wings Blog (give me a follow for all of my weekly recipes).

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Finally, you can also buy Uncle Lou’s Corruption Seasoning directly on his web-store here. Support this man in all he does, because his attitude towards life makes all of our existence better!

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Corruption Seasoning Mix Recipe, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes
As seen on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this aptly named Corruption seasoning salt recipe is supposedly so good, that after one taste you’ll be corrupted! Additionally, this recipe is as similar to the real thing as you can get from Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken itself!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Deep South, Memphis, Southern, Tennessee
Keyword Corruption, DIners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Guy Fieri, Seasoning, Seasoning Salt, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken
Servings 3
Calories 20kcal


  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Mild Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Hickory Smoke Seasoning


  • Simply mix all of these ingredients in a bowl, until well blended, then label and store with your other spices!

17 thoughts on “Corruption Seasoning Mix Recipe, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken”

  1. 3 stars
    Although this recipe is well crafted and remains true to the original seasoning in both flavor and consistency, I believe that it deserves 3/5 simply because, well, I don’t think that the seasoning is all that special in it’s own right! The star of the show at Uncle Lou’s is their chicken and their biscuits (and their burgers)!

  2. Hi I was on Pinterest and found this recipe for the Corruption mix. Its different than yours

    1 tbsp salt
    1 tbsp paprika
    1 tbsp sugar
    1 tbsp onion powder
    2 tbsps garlic powder
    2 tbsps mild chili powder
    1 tsp celery salt
    1 tsp lemon pepper
    1/2 tsp hickory smoke seasoning

    The only thing I see that’s different are the amounts of salt and sugar

    • Hey Gina,
      That’s an interesting find. Have you tried both recipes? And, if so, which do you prefer and why?

      In my experience eating at Uncle Lou’s, I believe they could use a little more salt in their seasoning, but that’s just me!


      • Hi CJ,

        No, I haven’t made either spice mix but I will let you know when I do. I just got an email from Uncle Lou’s stating that my order is on the way. I can’t wait. What I’m gonna do is taste/use the Corruption first then mix up both of the homemade mixes to see which one comes close to the original. I will definitely let you know my results.

        Take Care,

  3. Hi CJ,

    I finally got the chance to use the seasoning and sauce. I used the spice blend as an all purpose seasoning. Uncle Lou called it an all purpose spice so I used 1 tsp of it along with my usual spices. I only tasted a slight difference but it was very good. Now the sauce is a different story

    I am not a hot sauce type of woman. The last time I had hot sauce on anything was in the 90’s. But when I tried the sweet spicy love sauce, it was definitely love at first taste. This will be the only hot sauce I’ll ever want.

    There’s a copycat recipe online that I will be trying out. If I’m not satisfied, I will be ordering this stuff by the gallon. Yeah, its that good.

    Hope you are well

    • Hey Gina,
      I’m super glad you liked loved his sweet spicy love sauce! Uncle Lou’s sauce may be my favorite out there. It just makes fried chicken taste so addicting!

      I appreciate you taking the time to invest in some 🙂

  4. Hi C.J.,

    I made your spice mix recipe and used it along with my other usual seasonings I use on my fried chicken. I must say it I was very impressed. My fried chicken was very tasty. So tasty that I would say its just as good as Uncle Lou’s. Looks like you have a seasoning blend that could be sold in grocery stores and online. Yeah, its that good!


    • Hey, thanks Gina! I appreciate that! I feel very proud now thanks to your comment. Maybe I should sell it!

      What seasonings do you usually use on your fried chicken, if you don’t mind me asking?

  5. Hi C.J., sorry for the very late reply. I use onion and garlic powder, chicken seasoning, MSG, mustard, parsley, saizon, and of course, Corruption.

    I plan on trying the Corruption and your spice mix to make some mustard fried chicken. Will let you know how it turns out

    Take Care and Be Safe


  6. Hi CJ,

    It’s it’s been awhile since I posted on your blog. So much has been going on with me. I recently moved and things have been hectic. So, how have you been? Hope life is treating you very well

    I want to let you know that I finally made the Sweet Spicy Love Sauce and I am so in love with this version. It tastes exactly like the one I bought from Uncle Lou’s store. I am so satisfied and happy that I don’t have to order it


    • Hey Gina, I hope your move went well! life has been very hectic for me too! I moved to a new state as well and started a new career 🙂

      I’m so glad you like the flavor of my recipe…my goal is to be accurate and make people happy with this blog and it makes me glad to know you like it.

      Stay healthy!



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