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KFC crispy or extra crispy.

So after 40 plus years of life, I will be going to a KFC for the first time. I see they have crispy and extra crispy chicken pieces. Which is the better of the two taste wise. Not concerned with health or caloric intake. Will no be eating this type of thing on a regular basis. Thank you.

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  1. I prefer Popeye's, but of the two you mention I'd take the original recipe.

    1. I think the original is more flavorful. Too bad, because it's not crispy at all.

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      1. re: PegS

        When I make fried chicken at home, it's both crispy and flavorful. So is Popeyes. But at KFC, the extra crispy just doesn't have the flavor of the original. It's too bad you have to choose, but I go for the flavor.

        Edit: It occurs to me that the answer really depends on the OP. What's more important to you -- flavor or texture?

      2. extra crispy....the only way to go. the mashed potatoes with gravy are damned good, too. The last time I had any of it was probably when I was 15 but it was damned good.

        1. Years ago I used to (very occasionally) scratch an itch and indulge in spicy extra crispy. Alas, that option seems to be gone from around here. Lots of flavor and wonderfully crunchy.

          1. Extra crispy. The original is not that crispy. The taste is the same to me.the texture is not. Plus mashed potatoes with gravy and cole slaw. Biscuit too.

            1. In order to appreciate KFC you must have the original recipe. Without trying it as a baseline how could you judge how "extra" crispy the extra crispy actually is?

                1. Do you really mean "_crispy_ and extra crispy" or "_original_ and extra crispy"?

                  Anyway, why choose? Unless you're only planning to order a single piece of chicken, you can ask for a combination of both styles.

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                  1. re: DeppityDawg

                    I think that's a great idea, order one of each, then report back to us.

                  2. Does anyone remember KFC's "Extra Tasty Crispy" chicken from the late 80's/early 90's? There is a huge difference (and not in a good way) between today's "Extra Crispy" formula and the formula for the breading of the "Extra Tasty Crispy". The ETC was SO good...now I wouldn't touch KFC's Extra Crispy chicken with a 10 ft. pole.

                    Go for the original recipe.