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KFC Goes Grilled

As posting calorie counts becomes mandatory in more and more places, many fast food restaurants are trying to lure health-conscious customers back in an effort to boost slumping sales. Following its competitors that have been offering grilled fare for years, Kentucky Fried Chicken is now serving up buckets of grilled chicken, which is much healthier than its fried counterpart. The grilled chicken will cost the same as KFC's Original Recipe, but the caloric price is considerably lower.

To see how these two types of KFC chicken compare,


Depending on the piece, the grilled chicken contains 70 to 180 calories, compared to 110 to 370 calories found in pieces of Original Recipe. The difference in fat and sodium content is even more striking. The grilled chicken, once again depending on the piece, contains four to nine grams of fat while the Original Recipe pieces contain seven to 21 grams of fat. The grilled chicken sodium tops off at 440 milligrams, while the fried version can contain up to 1,050 mg per piece. While I am not a fan of fast food, I recognize the need to occasionally eat on the run, and appreciate that KFC is offering healthier options. Many of the participating franchises will be offering a free piece for customers to try on April 27. Will you be trying it?

msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
i only like the snackers.the grilled chicken doesn't look good to me.
AlexandraEva AlexandraEva 8 years
Of course by "grilled" they mean they paint those grill marks on the meat with caramel color. I hate fast food companies!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
:ROTFL: Doesn't make a difference to me either way. Seems like an oxymoron, doesn't it? Helarious! :ROTFL:
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I think it looks good and will probably try it if it comes to a KFC here. I don't understand the hatred against unhealthy food though. There is nothing wrong with eating fried greasy unhealthy food every now and than. It's just the people that eat it every day that are the problem, not the food!
melanie-RN melanie-RN 8 years
While I'm not a member of PETA, I have seen the KFC videos, and grillled or not.....KFC is disgusting.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I'd try the free test later on the 27th :p I don't go there much, the last time has been 5 years ago. I do remember liking their mashed potatoes and gravy though.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
hey plus_2, i saw they changed the sign at the KFC on my way to work. they just added the Kentucky Grilled Chicken on the bottom part. I try to avoid fast food, but i'm glad they are adding better options.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Is it just me, or does that picture look completely unappetizing? The chicken looks all pre-formed and not very fresh. I'll stick with grilling my own chicken at home...skinless but with the bones for more flavor.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I may, just out of curiosity. Is the skin kept on? If yes, I would remove the skin before I eat it. Generally, I prefer plain, skinless, steamed chicken (in my opinion, the chicken is flavorful and moist), but if that is not available, grilled chicken would be my next pick.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Slightly off topic: Someone told me they were changing their NAME to KGC (Kentucky Grilled Chicken) - that's BS, right? It sounds stupid.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I hate fast food but sometimes when I am with my in laws they go here and I like that i have a healthier option now, you know?
sideways sideways 8 years
The only thing I really enjoy about KFC is their fries. This is a good idea for people who like KFC already but I myself would not go to KFC just for that
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
No thank you.
wren1 wren1 8 years
Finally! I've been wanting this forever.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I wouldn't order the grilled chicken there, because I can make it on my own. If I'm going to KFC, I'm getting the extra crispy.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
So far from what I've been reading, the reviews are fairly positive taste-wise. Said same secret blend is used and its not the "painted on" grill marks. I doubt I would try any though, just because I'm really against how they treat their chickens.
CarmenP CarmenP 8 years
Totally with you NdHebert! That looks disgusting
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i do like their seasoning, so I might try it someday. The one closest to me recently closed so I don't even know where another one is
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
that looks delicious!!! I hope they use the same seasonings :)
NdHebert NdHebert 8 years
No way. Being so close to whole foods and central market I would rather run in there and take an extra 2 minutes to get a real piece or JUST grilled chicken (for about a dollar or two more). No matter how much of a hurry I am in, KFC will never be an option for me. What they serve I can find a healthier version within the same distance.
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