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Jeff Avis Apr 29, 2009 04:35 PM

I know, I know, but you've got to try the new Kentucky Grilled chicken. I tried it today and was really impressed. Perfectly spiced and the meat was juicy and succulent. I was watching Jim Cramer of Mad Money on the tube and he jokingly suggested buying more stock in the KFC, Taco Bell owned conglomerate due to the fact he had the Kentucky Grilled chicken for dinner the night before and was also very impressed. Not to mention I had a free piece certificate from the Sunday Bee. lol

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  1. monku RE: Jeff Avis Apr 29, 2009 04:54 PM

    What I can't figure is Jim Cramer always raving about how he loves eating at the Olive Garden. He's wealthy enough to eat anywhere.

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      Jeff Avis RE: monku Apr 29, 2009 06:23 PM

      Exactly!

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      phantomdoc RE: Jeff Avis Apr 29, 2009 09:58 PM

      I tried the free piece of grilled chicken this week. I got a tiny drumstick that had one and a half bites. The register receipt said it would have been $1.85. What a rip. No thank you in the future

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        Jeff Avis RE: phantomdoc Apr 30, 2009 07:08 PM

        It was just a sample for cry'in out loud! Mine was a small piece as well but was wonderful!

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          Bobfrmia RE: Jeff Avis Apr 30, 2009 08:18 PM

          Samples are supposed to generate sales. Sounds to me like they are 1 for 2.
          The fact that yours was also small would lead me to believe it's the norm.

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            Muskrat RE: Bobfrmia Apr 30, 2009 08:57 PM

            ...or, that it was the norm for free samples. I'd take a look at a "real" one before passing judgment based on that evidence.

            Here are some opinions from people who paid cash money:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612856

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              Emm RE: Muskrat May 1, 2009 06:15 AM

              I've had the two-piece all dark meal twice now. Yep, the pieces are small, although they're probably the same size as the ones all plumped up with breading. $1.80 seems ridiculous for a fast food drumstick no matter how it's prepared. However, all the chains seem to structure their pricing so that buying individual pieces is an especially bad deal.

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                bagelman01 RE: Emm May 2, 2009 04:14 AM

                Had the 2 piece dark today at KFC in Methuen, MA. Yes they are small, but it just lets you see how much breading in on the fried chicken.

                There out to be a law against killing such young birds...............

                OTOH....The 2 pc luncheon with 2 sides and a soda for $4.99 is a bargain.
                The grilled chicken was moist, a little salty, but definitely acceptable. I'll have it again

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                Bobfrmia RE: Muskrat May 1, 2009 11:03 AM

                Yes, I suppose it is possible that hey asked their supplier to provide them with lots of little chicken pieces to cook and keep seperately from the "real" chicken. Those poor baby chickens. Damn the free sample idea!

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              phantomdoc RE: Jeff Avis May 1, 2009 03:49 PM

              Do you think they stocked mini legs to serve? The check just stated "1p CKN GRILLED"

               
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                Jeff Avis RE: phantomdoc May 1, 2009 06:29 PM

                It appears KFC is using a smaller chicken (younger) to make their "Grilled" Chicken . Personally, compared to the large legs and thighs( old chicken) the KfC in my neighborhood has been serving I far perfer the young ,small pieces and don't mind spending as much or more for it. I have no qualms about eating squabs or any young foul.

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                  phantomdoc RE: Jeff Avis May 8, 2009 05:19 PM

                  The KFC website states the wing at 33 grams. About 1 ounce. Not a sample size. Not a promotion. Just a rip off. Money for nothing, no chicks for free.

          2. jgg13 RE: Jeff Avis May 1, 2009 01:46 PM

            Is it just me or do they rehash this idea every 5-6 years and act like it's a new concept?

            Anyone remember "Kentucky Fresh Chicken"?

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              Bobfrmia RE: jgg13 May 1, 2009 02:43 PM

              Oven Roasted, Rotessiere Gold, Tender Crisp, Kentucky Grilled.
              I think there are probably others. Give em credit for not giving up, and trying to offer something a little better for you, although I haven't checked the nutrition table on it.

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                Emm RE: Bobfrmia May 1, 2009 05:43 PM

                Since I'm ruthlessly counting calories at the moment, I'm pretty happy with the count of 260 for a two-piece dark meal with a double serving of green beans. I give the biscuit to my hubby :(

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                  rworange RE: Bobfrmia May 4, 2009 01:29 AM

                  Yes, this too will pass. I give it six months max.

                  I think this is the worst revival of this concept. I took advangate of the free piece and got a nice large piece of thigh. I guess I'm wondering how they define 'grilled'. If I had to guess, I'd say it was just unbreaded chicken dropped in the fryer ... without the herbs and spices. It was moist, but extremely greasy. Without that breading it focuses the taste on the meat ... not a good thing, IMO. It wasn't horrid, but I don't see the point.

                  A lot more thumbs down or 'meh' in this tread
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612856

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                    bagelman01 RE: rworange May 5, 2009 03:15 AM

                    I had the two pc lunch meal yesterday, for the second time, This time I had the breast/wing. The wing was miniscule, but the breast was quite large. The manager told me that they had rec'd many complaints about the grilled chicken being smaller than the fried, so he has ordered the next larger weight birds from his supplier.
                    The chicken was very moist and tasty. Important to ask which pieces are the freshest and only order that.

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                  SuzyInChains RE: jgg13 May 2, 2009 02:36 PM

                  I thought Kentucky Fresh Chicken was simply a rebranding to get the word "Fried" out of their name to please the health nuts.

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                    Fibber McGee RE: jgg13 May 4, 2009 10:08 AM

                    I thought it was Kitchen Fresh Chicken.

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                      jgg13 RE: Fibber McGee May 4, 2009 11:53 AM

                      Ah, yeah that's right.

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                    momofthreems RE: Jeff Avis May 3, 2009 07:15 AM

                    On a particularly busy day last week my dh brought home a bucket of the Kentucky Grilled for supper. They were out of grilled breasts, so they subbed the regular fried chicken. Hands down the regular chicken won. The grilled chicken was dry (even dark meat), and the exterior was very greasy with an almost uncooked texture on the skin. I think if we do the calorie splurge on KFC again, we will just have the regular fried chicken.

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                      corndoggie RE: Jeff Avis May 4, 2009 11:54 AM

                      its good but i think that El Pollo loco chicken is still better....

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                        newkai RE: Jeff Avis May 11, 2009 08:18 PM

                        I got a 6pc of bucket of grilled from my local KFC. Well, they were out of two of the components in the grilled variety, so I got those as fried. I found the grilled tasted much better than the fried. I guess the sodium content is a little high, but not bad at all.

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                          Shadowcran RE: Jeff Avis May 12, 2009 07:25 AM

                          I'm sorry but Popeye's still betters them. I don't know how it is in other regions, but here in the south, grilled chicken is superb. This KFC offering is ok, but it tastes like our grilled chicken after we've warmed it up after it's spent 2 days in the fridge.

                          Popeye's is the better one mostly due to it's side dishes. If you don't have a Popeye's in your area, demand one.

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                            kchurchill5 RE: Shadowcran May 12, 2009 07:31 AM

                            I like popeys. Red Beans and rice, bisquit, chicken. A great easy lunch and tastes much better to me.

                          2. alkapal RE: Jeff Avis May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

                            down in north fort myers, florida, i got the free chicken with the newspaper "postcard" coupon, and they put three smallish, but decent size thighs in the box. i thought the chicken was greasy.

                            1. kchurchill5 RE: Jeff Avis May 15, 2009 08:00 AM

                              Well I have to somewhat recant. I still enjoy popeys better but I had some the other day for lunch. I was actually good. Moist, descent size. And I had a coupon so not a bad price.

                              It honestly wasn't bad, better than the first couple of times.

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                                Jeff Avis RE: kchurchill5 May 22, 2009 12:30 PM

                                I love Popeye's as well but do they offer "grilled" chicken? we are not comparing apples to oranges

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