There's a new burger on the menu at KFC locations in Canada, and it looks a whole lot like a Big Mac.
'KFC' on Serious Eats
KFC in China has a new burger on their menu...if you can even call it that.
This week on February 7, KFC Japan is granting you the joy of eating boneless fried chicken and ketchup-flavored rice without utensils by releasing the Kentucky Chicken Rice, a bun-less sandwich with a patty of ketchup rice, a slice of cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, and special mayonnaise stuffed between two fried chicken fillets.
Are the KFC Dip'ems anything new, chicken-wise, or just another name for the same old dipping-sauce-delivery system? Time to find out.
It was only a matter of time before a fast food chain ventured more daringly into the realm of savory sweets. KFC has done just that with a chocolate chip cookie filled with the Colonel's "11 secret herbs and spices." We tried the new cookies to see if that's a secret we want him to share.
KFC Original Recipe Bites deserve to be treated with respect. They're the best fast food chicken nuggets I've found.
Fast food chains have become so ubiquitous, and each franchise store so identical, that it is easy to forget their unique and often tumultuous beginnings. Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known simply as KFC, was founded in 1952 as a simple cafe by "Colonel" Harland Sanders. Since those early days, the chain has expanded to 15,000 locations in 105 countries. In Colonel Sanders and the American Dream, longtime food (and meat) author Josh Ozersky details the rise to fame of the fried chicken chain and its incredibly recognizable white-suited icon.
New to the menu at KFC in the Philippines is the Cheese Top Burger featuring an "Original Recipe" chicken patty with garlic parmesan dressing on a bun topped with a slice of melted cheese. Why put the cheese on the outside of the bun? ...Ah...um...[tumbleweed rolls by]...
You've probably seen the corny-but-cute commercials where 70s-looking dudes in a 70s-looking car order this near-perfect pie; I'm not usually drawn to goofy retro advertising—and almost never drawn to retro eating; I'm not a big "comfort food" advocate—but I'd gladly grow sideburns while waiting in line for gas if there was a Chunky Chicken Pot Pie involved.
KFC seems to be returning to its roots with the current promotion of the Big Value Box. The BVB is a cardboard carryall stuffed with an individual-sized serving of popcorn chicken, a biscuit, two sides of your choosing, and a fried thigh (you get a giant jug of soda, too), and it served as my reintroduction to a chain I've forsaken for too long.
Growing up there were two fried chicken places in my hometown: Lee's Famous Recipe (known over the years as Famous Recipe and later just Lee's) and KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken). KFC was Coca Cola while Lee's was RC Cola in that KFC had way better marketing and national distribution. But I decided it was finally time to go beyond my childhood biases and superficial rankings and take a true Kentucky fried chicken challenge.
When most people think of "England," the first thing that pops into their minds is the royal family, or Austin Powers, or right now, the Royal Wedding. For me, it's KFC. For the most part, the menu was the same; however, KFC in London offered fries, rather than biscuits. Two other UK-specific items were the Godfather Meal and the Krush'ems.
In the fast food world, fried chicken sandwiches are the new black. Just about every chain, whether a burger chain or fried chicken establishment, offers multiple versions. But which are the best? We tried the standard fried chicken sandwiches, whether chicken patty-like or chicken fillet-like, from KFC, Popeye's, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, and Burger King. During the tasting, one thing became very clear: not all chicken is created equal.
If the Big Mac is the fast food equivalent of Michael Jackson, the KFC Double Down is Justin Bieber. Think about it: the Big Mac is the most famous fast-food item of all time, but there was a time recently when the Double Down stole the show. In the wake of the Double Down's success, KFC wants to capitalize on its fame with the "Doublicious," a new iteration that re-incorporates that old sandwich staple: bread.
To me, the grossness of the KFC Double Down sandwich is the same as what's gross about all fast food: convenience and quality. It's simply too easy to walk up to a window, hand over five bucks, and get 600 industrially produced calories prepared by a worker who couldn't care less. As a culinary concept, on the other hand, chicken, bacon, and cheese sounds pretty good to me. So what if I were to recreate the Double Down with time and care using quality ingredients? How would it compare to the original?
Their genius moment was branding this thing as a sandwich. "Chicken stuffed with bacon and cheese" is a little more attention-grabbing than your average KFC item. "SANDWICH WITH FRIED CHICKEN AS BUN," on the other hand, sounds like a radical fantastic creation à la the Fatty Melt.
Well, we did. (We did it for you!) KFC released the meat-on-meat Double Down sandwich today. It's two boneless white chicken fillets acting as the bread ends (you have your choice between "original" fried and grilled) with two slices of cheese (Monterey and Pepper Jack), two slices of bacon, and a slather of the "Colonel's Sauce" (a creamy peach-colored goo) inside. We tried both.
If a secret fast-food constitution exists, I believe one of the laws would be "Food can claim to be spicy but not actually make a person break a sweat, let alone reach for a glass of water." Mass-marketed food can't get too high on the Scoville scale without turning off a huge audience, so we figured KFC's new Fiery Grilled Wings wouldn't be that crazy.
I didn't even know KFC had a mascot other than the Colonel, but this video that's been making the rounds shows what's supposedly the KFC chicken (maybe it's a Philippines thing?) having a dance-off with the Jollibee bee to the tune of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls' "Nobody." They've pretty much got the dance down. Videos, after the jump....