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KFC'S GRILLED CHICKEN--HOW IS IT?

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Augusta Apr 17, 2009 03:19 PM

I saw a sign advertising this the other day in front of a nearby KFC. So, has anyone tried it yet? i love indulging in KFC's fried stuff every once in a great while but you know, pretty fatttening. I'm curious to find out how the grilled chicken rates. Thanks!

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    bu dat Apr 18, 2009 01:25 PM

    i think it's free on thursday.

    1. mcel215 Apr 18, 2009 01:30 PM

      I just read an article on Serious Eats I believe, that said it surpassed the competition. They put it with some other fast food places and it was excellent. But, I never get KFC.

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        rich51 Apr 19, 2009 09:40 AM

        i tried it a few days ago, and already forgot about it. was good as fast food places go but nothing to rave about, and as i have a few good indepedants nearbye , i would rather go to them.but for fast food places definitely one of the better ones

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          Emm Apr 19, 2009 10:32 AM

          If anyone remembers Kenny Rogers Roasters, I'd love to know how it compares with that. It was darn good. No place in my area really has excellent rotisserie chicken and I miss it.

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            keyroute Apr 20, 2009 11:25 AM

            Tried in on Sunday and was underwhelmed. It looks like they took the chicken pieces (without the breading) and put them in a panini press. I tasted some seasoning on the skin, but not a lot.

            1. Ozumo Apr 20, 2009 01:29 PM

              I was thinking of trying it until I read the ingredients:

              KFC® Grilled Chicken Fresh Chicken Marinated with: Salt, Sodium Phosphate, and Monosodium Glutamate Seasoned with: Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast, Beef Powder, Rendered Beef Fat, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added as Anticaking Agents. Contains Wheat and Soy.

              No thank you. And why is there beef in the chicken?

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              1. re: Ozumo
                podunkboy Apr 20, 2009 03:55 PM

                Why, don't YOU use Palm Oil, Autolyzed yeast and rendered beef fat when YOU grill chicken? Yummo! And MSG, it is so nice they list it twice...

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                  Emm Apr 22, 2009 01:56 PM

                  I can't get too worked up over the ingredient list. Obviously it's too much salt, but forget eating pretty much any kind of prepared food if you're worried about salt. Based on the caloric count, the palm oil and beef fat must be trace amounts.

                  At any rate, I tried it. I thought it was good. Not drop-dead delicious, but good. My main issue is that the pieces are pretty small. I really appreciate having an option to the only other fast food chicken I eat, Popeye's mild drumsticks.

                2. re: Ozumo
                  MisterBill2 Apr 26, 2009 07:09 PM

                  BEEF FAT? I am glad I read this before going for a free piece tomorrow (yes, the free piece day is Monday 4/27).

                  1. re: Ozumo
                    monkuboy May 9, 2009 08:34 AM

                    Why is there beef? So that no one will come in asking, "Where's the beef??" ; )
                    From reading the posts so far on this and the other duplicate threads that make me wonder why the CH moderators don't combine these duplicates like they do the other ones, it sounds like the grilled chicken is a big loser.

                    1. re: monkuboy
                      The Chowhound Team May 9, 2009 09:06 AM

                      Unfortunately, we aren't able to merge threads together.

                    2. re: Ozumo
                      pikawicca May 18, 2009 01:41 PM

                      This sounds more like a chemistry experiment than something to eat.

                    3. ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 11:17 PM

                      A bit too dry.

                      Reminded me of supermarket rotisserie chicken left uncovered under the heat lamp for about an hour too long.

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                        Emm Apr 23, 2009 05:28 AM

                        I noticed when I went in the store yesterday--at the height of lunch hour--it was lying up on the heater-thingie along with the various kinds of fried chicken. I suspect (a) mine was fresh and (b) it can dry out pretty quickly up there. So I may have had the "optimum experience." <g>

                        I did think the flavor was a lot better than even fresh supermarket chicken, at least what I can buy in my locale. Incidentally, the best deal here for those is at Sam's Club--large, juicy, cheap and pretty nicely seasoned.

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                        Chimayo Joe Apr 25, 2009 02:01 AM

                        I got the 8-piece just chicken yesterday. Wasn't too impressed with it. I'd rate it about like supermarket rotisserie chicken but twice the price.

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                        1. re: Chimayo Joe
                          kchurchill5 Apr 27, 2009 03:14 AM

                          So so, but my supermarket rotisserie is great. I love the lemon pepper. Generic I know but moist all the way. Now it isn't like fresh made at home but for a quick easy fix, my market is just fine. But I always try to get the ones when they first come out. The secrete!!

                          KFC, my friend picked it up for lunch and stopped by, ok by nothing special. Liked the spice but moist it wasn't

                        2. mcel215 Apr 25, 2009 05:22 AM

                          You can try it for free on Monday, April 27, 2009.

                          Here's the link:

                          http://www.kfc.com/

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                            Tari Apr 26, 2009 02:30 PM

                            I wasn't all that crazy about it. I had gotten 2 breasts. It was very dry. El pollo loco's chicken is much better.

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                              dknyc1 Apr 27, 2009 03:00 AM

                              I got it last week & waited 10 min for a fresh batch they were cooking - the whole family thought it was great

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                                Fibber McGee Apr 27, 2009 11:59 AM

                                I actually had some a couple weekends ago, I was at a store for National Record Day and the options around me were rather limited. It wasn't bad, but not going to redefine KFC.
                                Is this comparable to the Tender Roast they had a few years back?

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                                  NewDude Apr 27, 2009 03:12 PM

                                  I had the freebie for lunch. It was dry. As a result, it was also a little plasticky rather than tender. It had a little bit of spice to it. Overall, it was a tasty piece of chicken which was a bit too dry, probably as a result of sitting under a heat lamp for however long.

                                  The smell in these places is intoxicating, with fish, chicken, oil, and spices all swimming around and firing off nerve endings in the olfactories. I can see why people eat at such places, despite all of the obvious drawbacks.

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                                  1. re: NewDude
                                    MisterBill2 May 6, 2009 10:00 AM

                                    In case you haven't heard, they are offering a free 2 piece + 2 side grilled meal through 5/19. Here is the link: http://www.unthinkkfc.com

                                    Coupon is only available through today.

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                                      phantomdoc May 6, 2009 10:10 AM

                                      Thanks for the heads up. Painless way to find out if the minuscule chicken drum was an anomaly.

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                                    mojoeater May 6, 2009 11:37 AM

                                    Ours was surprisingly greasy. Tasted ok but I'll probably avoid it in the future.

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                                      jujuthomas May 6, 2009 12:42 PM

                                      I heard it was awful.

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                                        kchurchill5 May 6, 2009 02:43 PM

                                        So so, I would eat again over maybe a burger, not bad I got one to take to work today for lunch. Was out on a boat so I micro and wasn't too bad, just so so for me. Nothing wrong with it. Besides, I used the free coupon. Great deal.

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                                        JRicher May 8, 2009 03:28 PM

                                        I tried it today. The pieces are much smaller than their regular chicken. It was tough and dry on the small spots that weren't covered by skin, but the meat that was covered by the skin was very tender and not dry. The skin itself was crispy, and not as tough as I thought it would be. Honestly, though, it didn't taste grilled to me, it tasted more like broasted chicken.. it didn't have that smoky flavor that good grilled chicken has. It was okay, but in the future if I'm going to blow my daily fat intake in one meal at KFC I'll just get the extra crispy.

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                                        1. re: JRicher
                                          rworange May 8, 2009 09:00 PM

                                          Bingo. Broasted chicken. That is exactly what it was like. Only broasted chicken that wasn't down correctly and had a greasy outside. I can't imagined any grilling is going on.

                                        2. operagirl May 8, 2009 08:53 PM

                                          Tried it yesterday -- got there at 11:30, so the chicken was pretty fresh and hadn't been sitting around too long. I didn't eat the skin since it didn't look too crispy, and the drumstick and thigh I had were alright. Kind of a weird fake grilled flavor, but not terribly salty like I was expecting. Wouldn't get it again.

                                          1. OCAnn May 18, 2009 11:27 AM

                                            Wow, I'm the dissenting opinion; I thought the dark meat was flavourful and tender...not dry at all (which is often the case w/white meat). It's slightly better than our nearby El Pollo Loco which I've found to be salty the last couple times I went. However, the mac-n-cheese was overly saucy, but all-in-all, the chicken was quite good. Although I don't do fast-food chicken (it's usually a result of someone else picking up lunch), I wouldn't object to KGC; note though, while KFC & EPL are both grilled, they taste quite different.

                                            1. RealMenJulienne May 20, 2009 02:43 PM

                                              I've had it, a breast and a wing. And it tasted like, uh... well it's hard to remember. In the same way that a vivid dream fades from memory in the first minutes after waking, so the taste of KFC grilled chicken rapidly drains from the mouth after eating. The skin is sort of gummy, but not so much so that it is grossly flabby. The best thing I can say about the chicken was that it was very juicy, not dry at all.

                                              1. mrbigshotno.1 May 21, 2009 06:37 PM

                                                Tried it a couple of days ago at a KFC buffet, good but not the earth shattering product they are advertising. I haven't had KFC in quite awhile, one thing that wasn't good was the gravy. Nothing like the gravy years ago, this stuff tasted like run of the mill brown gravy mix, nasty.

                                                1. alkapal May 21, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                  the chicken thighs we got seemed greasy.

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