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KFC...Free 2 pc grilled chicken with 2 sides and a biscuit!

Thank you Oprah and KFC!!
Offer Valid from 5/5/09-5/19/09
Not valid on Mothers Day's


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  1. your post piqued my curiousity about the ingredients in the grilled chicken, so i looked up the information on KFC's website...

    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.

    forget "free," you couldn't pay me to eat it. it probably tastes great - it's loaded with umami boosters - but all that wheat, soy, & MSG would land me in the ER.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Why would KFC do this? Maybe it's not selling?? Because it tastes like the list of junk you just listed. Salt rules!

    2. Why would she endorse this? It's troubling that someone who publically struggles with weight and health supports a food that is not entirely healthy. Is she on the board or a stockholder?

      The case would be that it's healthier than the alternative there but . . .

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      1. re: alwayscooking

        The same reason she gave away a whole mess of cars that were the same model... Someone paid her a LOT of money because they know having Oprah's endorsement is going to make them very, very rich.

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          Yeah, that car promotion really helped Pontiac!

        2. re: alwayscooking

          I can't speak to the reason for Oprah participating in this promotion, but I'm also not sure that the universe of prepared and/or restaurant foods that are "entirely healthy" is very large. Certainly there's no real reason for people to be consuming something like MSG or rendered beef fat, but that's not to say that it's necessarily harmful to most people if eaten occasionally in small quantities. Reviews of the new KFC product are mixed, but I'm going to continue to applaud them for making the effort.

          Honestly, if you want or need something "healthier" than this product, you're probably going to have to not only eat at home, but prepare all your food from scratch.

          1. re: Emm

            "Honestly, if you want or need something "healthier" than this product, you're probably going to have to not only eat at home, but prepare all your food from scratch."
            which is precisely what i do :)

            1. re: Emm

              "if eaten occasionally in small quantities" - that is true, but since when do these places limit themselves to small quantities?

              1. re: monkuboy

                I meant that based on my lay person's knowledge of nutrition, an average person wouldn't get enough of the objectionable ingredients in the grilled chicken from eating a couple pieces, say, twice a month. Heck, it probably wouldn't be a problem even a couple times a week. Might be too much if you're eating a full bucket of it a day, day after day. It's about moderation.

          2. never seen so much analysis over a free meal...print the coupon out by today and if you don't want it, give it to someone that could use a meal..

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              You've been here long enough that this amount of analysis is nothing here on CH! Good idea about the coupon though - thanks

            2. I downloaded the coupons last night 5/5, and just now when I went to email a few friends with the offer, the site was clogged and unusable on 5/6 the deadline day for download. Will we witness another chicken-based debacle as in the earlier Popeye's fiasco in Minnesota, where they ran out of 8 oices for $4.99? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pyW6w...

              The Popeye's debacle was local at one Minnesota franchise. This KFC thing could be a catastrophe at the national level. Will Yum Foods/Pepsico be able to satisfy the clamoring horde? Why does my mind roam back to the Bonus Army of 1932 where MacArthur was called in to squelch the rebellion? Will we see White House news conferences to control the tragedy?

              With apologies and respect to those who dislike msg for umami and phosphates for juiciness, I'm gonna use my 4 coupons to get 8 leg pieces, 4 biscuits, and 8 cole slaws. Then I'll kick back and watch the results of the crash of the coupon distribution.

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              1. re: FoodFuser

                You are correct - the site is unusable now.

                1. re: Friend of Bill

                  Just tried and its working fine..
                  Here is another link though..
                  LOL.. FoodFuser!


                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Tried to print one for my son. Didn't work for me.

                    1. re: Bobfrmia

                      Commiseration is called for. From their disclaimer:

                      "By printing coupon, you agree that KFC is not responsible for any technical problems or malfunctions of computer systems, servers or printers or lost or unavailable network connections."



                      A sad event, doubtless repeated nationwide. If I lived in Louisville (KFC headquarters), I would be boarding up my house in preparation for the impending Storming of the KFC Bastille.

                      1. re: Bobfrmia

                        I would let KFC know....lots of pissed off people..
                        Do you want my coupon?
                        ; )

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Thanks, Beach Chick, but I don't think a 2 piece from KFC is worth all the effort that has already been put into it.
                          Now, if it was Popeyes......

                  2. re: FoodFuser

                    Technically, the Minnesota Popeye's didn't honor the $4.99/8 piece deal. They claimed as a franchisee they didn't have to honor it, and sold 8 pieces for $9.99.
                    I had no problems printing coupons here at work tonight. I think I'll use them to make friends of my co-workers.

                  3. Denny's handled their free breakfast promotion pretty well, remarkably well actually. I don't see why KFC would have extraordinary issues. After all, it's spread out over the course of two weeks, so there won't be a single day rush. Sounds pretty smart to me.

                    1. Me and my mom got our freebie yesterday. It was pretty darn good. It didn't hurt that I used to work with our server...which netted us 2 good size breasts, 2 wings, and heaping mashed potatoes with tons of gravy! They had tiny pieces set aside for the other "freebie seekers) Anyone wanted the PDF for the coupon, email me at Lindseyup67@aol.com, and I will send it out to you.

                      1. Something I just found out about... the coupon is good on Mother's Day... at El Pollo Loco.

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                        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                          Wish we had one around here. I know where I'd rather eat.

                          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                            Yes, I wish we had one here, too. This was in response to KFC's specifically excluding Mother's Day on their coupon.

                          2. What a frigging disaster this freebie thing has become for KFC/Yum Brands..
                            Roger Eaton, President of KFC is giving a rain check but you have to go into the KFC store and fill out a form..WTF?

                            You morons..if you can't man up to your end of the bargain, you should of never gone on Oprah!

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                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              Yeah, and they used that crappy coupons.com to distribute the coupons, and it could not handle the load so they started giving out PDFcopies which could be printed multiple times.

                              Bunch of idiots. At least I got my free lunch yesterday but I guess I won't be having another one tomorrow.

                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                The whole promotion was to unthink what you think about KFC and to get you to TRY the new food item, not to be free lunches for the masses, homeless and every street person in the US. The website is unthinkKFC.com.

                                I mean, FoodFuser, above was intending to take in four coupons to get 8 pieces, 8 sides and 4 biscuits and then 'wait for a catastrophe'.

                                The coupon clearly stated one offer per coupon and one coupon per person for the offer period. Abuse will ultimately result in nobody being able to get samples inthe future.

                                1. re: Cathy

                                  I was going to hang onto my coupon and wait till things slowed down a bit. But this rain check thing is too much hassle and I don't even want the freakin' free drink they're going to throw in.

                                  I've been a cheerleader for KFC and the new product, but now I'm annoyed and likely to add them to my list of banned businesses: you probably all have them too, the ones you now drive on past because they're invisible.

                                  1. re: Cathy

                                    One of the details was, and I paraphrase, "maximum 4 downloads per person". Fuser did nothing wrong. KFC gave the project over to incompetent people to run campaign. I would like to blame Oprah but its not her fault either.

                                    1. re: phantomdoc

                                      I initially responded to this thread because I had been saddened and disappointed at the reactions the the Minnesota Popeye's debacle, as seen on youtube etc. Such angry responses to four dollar discount were disturbing.

                                      My response was written tongue in cheek, which doesn't always translate in a purely text environment that lacks the face to face bonus of the twinkle in the eye.

                                      An example of a response I find disturbing, a component of "the catastrophe":

                                      I've emailed KFC "contact us" customer support, asking in less than 30 words that they facilitate an email raincheck, rather than requiring a visit to the store to fill out a paper form..

                                      Why? Because of the waste. And this part's Not tongue in cheek. Let's assume 10 million customers with coupons, a mere 3% of total U.S. population, with an average driving distance to KFC of 5 miles. That's 50 million miles. An optimistic vehicle fleet average of 20 mpg would compute to 2.5 million gallons of gas consumed. A gallon of gas has 125,000 btu's, yields 31.25 billion btu's aggregate. That heats a lot of homes.

                                      Then the wasted person-hours: 15 minutes? for the coupon bearer, 2 minutes for store personnel, 1 minute for data transcription to eformat (which is where we could have started), etc.

                                      Also tens of thousands of graphite pencils or soy inked bic pens.

                                      I'll post the corporate response to my email request.

                                      1. re: FoodFuser

                                        Very good points, all. Thanks for doing that. I look forward to your follow-up.

                                        1. re: FoodFuser

                                          They gave out over a million free meals in less than three days, and the coupon was good for 14 days, so I can see how they cannot afford that pace a short time period, with food, supplies and personnel. It is quite obvious people were intent on using more than one coupon/getting more than one free meal in the time period, despite the coupon wording of "one coupon per person during offering period".

                                          The problem with internet addresses is that people can -and do- have multiple emails ( I can have up to ten different ones on Cox.net, then there is hotmail, gmail and the ones both my husband and I have at work).

                                          I think the idea of getting people to fill out a request at the store woud let them have the inventory per location per date on the issued coupon. That would prevent shortages as well as irritations as well as fraud. That will also save on waste.

                                          1. re: Cathy

                                            It wasn't based on your email address. It was based on technology from coupons.com that allows them to restrict printing of the coupon. You were supposed to be able to get 4 coupons per machine. The coupons are each individually coded and cannot be printed to a PDF file. Yes, the coupon said one per person that is is impossible to enforce unless you're trying to get all of the meals at the same time and it should have been obvious that people would ignore that.

                                            The real problem occurred when the coupons.com system got overloaded and someone at KFC started making a PDF copy of a generically coded coupon available for download.

                                            Personally I would have been just as happy had they decided to end the promotion early, on that first Saturday. They handled the coupon distribution in the worst possible way and they're handling the raincheck just as poorly.

                                            1. re: MisterBill2

                                              I was responding to Food Fuser who was asking why they would not do the raincheck in an email way to save on waste.

                                          2. re: FoodFuser

                                            "I'll post the corporate response to my email request."

                                            A week later and it's time to clean the inbox and I have had no response from KFC. I'm sure that they're inundated, and that their jurisprudence-certified spin doctors have triaged their response protocol.

                                            I'm sure not gonna get wound up about 12 bucks worth of chicken, but am most curious to see the carefully plotted corporate response in these days of I-net image control.

                                    2. re: Beach Chick

                                      I respectfully disagree with Beach Chick. This "disaster" was the best thing to happen to KFC in a long time. Who was talking about this franchise a few months ago? I hadn't eaten at or even acknowledged the place in about 10 years. Now this "chicken run" has people thinking a good, but unspectacular fast food item is the Holy Grail, and news stories about KFC air all day! There truly is no such thing as bad publicity.

                                      1. re: BrianCoralian

                                        I respectfully, totally disagree with you, Brian!

                                        I tried twice to use the coupon since the 5th and each time, I still have not been able to enjoy my 'Free' 2 piece meal..

                                        There is such a thing as bad publicity and as a pissed off women, who they jacked my time and to be hosed by the incompetence of a huge corporation..it will be till hell freezes over before I go into that hellhole, they call, KFC!

                                        1. re: BrianCoralian

                                          I do not know about the finer points of no bad publicity. Seems peanuts and pistachios got some publicity recently. How about Bernie Madoff?.

                                          People who have been inconvenienced might have a bad taste in their mouth whether they got some raincheck or have gotten a one ounce chicken wing.

                                          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.

                                      2. I went to the drive-thru today to use my free coupon. My food was all ready, at the register, when I pulled up. I handed them my coupon and was told they were not accepting the coupons and that I could fill out a raincheck form and the manager would call me to let me know when I could come in for my free meal. I said "no thanks," and left my food sitting there. They should have anticipated this, and to disallow the coupons for their own promotion is just wrong. I am sure I am not the only one who will walk away from my meal - although I suppose they will just put it all back to serve to the next customer!

                                        1. Drat! Fooled by the ol' bait and switch. Shoulda saw it coming.

                                          But my growling belly got the better of me. I walked, and despite two signs warning of impending doom, I walked up to the counter anyway. The morose looking cashier informed me they were not honoring the coupon. She looked incredibly sad and refused to look me in the eye the entire time. How embarrassing for her!

                                          Talk about a sleaze. This Eaton clown says that while he won't honor his own promotion, he promises to honor it. After not honoring it. At some later date:


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                                          1. re: NewDude

                                            So let me get this straight... they advertise free food during a nasty recession on OPRAH and are surprised that there's about eighty kabillion people trying to use said coupon?

                                          2. NBC Nightly News mentioned the SNAFU tonight. the headline was "Chickened Out" :)

                                            1. I had my coupon, I was going to use it today, and my wife talked me out of it. And now, reading that you can trade your coupon in at the KFC and fill out a form and wait for some nebulous time in the future that your rain check will be assigned for redemption I can honestly say I will never set foot in a KFC nor put a piece of their chicken in my mouth ever again.
                                              Furthermore, I will never visit their Yum Brand siblings Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (probably a good decision on my part). And finally, I will NEVER watch Oprah Winfrey (haven't yet, why start now?)
                                              Talk about mismanaging a promotion...

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                                              1. re: podunkboy

                                                I'm an Oprah fan--you only have to watch her deal with complex personal issues in an interview to see how she made it to the level of fame and fortune she has. That said, the "explanation" of the coupon fiasco on her show yesterday was annoying, to say the least. All the comments about the promotion seemed very self-congratulatory, and they skyped some high-level company official from KFC who told us all how the rain checks would allow them to serve us better. I guess KFC feels like this promotion was a huge success, because now only people from another planet don't know about the new product. But obviously the whole thing should have been better thought through.

                                              2. This is really cool. use your coupon at El Pollo Loco...


                                                and this is even funnier: