REVIEW: KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken

The Kentucky Grilled Chicken makes me feel like I’m in some alternate universe where fast food doesn’t fill your body with large amounts of saturated fat and sodium, everyone uses a Mac and Oprah is the benevolent ruler of the world, occasionally giving her favorite things away to some of her citizens.

It’s a world where everyone recycles and things run on solar power.
Homeless people wouldn’t reek of body odor because they shower.
It’s a place where celebrity nipple slips occur with less frequency.
Singer Amy Winehouse doesn’t look so scary, like a banshee.

It’s a planet where traffic goes smoothly like water through a pipe.
Lots of leg room in coach class on every flight making it a delight.
It’s a place where Simon is nice to each American Idol reject.
Paula Abdul doesn’t abuse alcohol to make herself look wrecked.

It’s a world where phones and people remain quiet through the movie.
Without the need to workout, every man and woman has a nice booty.
It’s a place where Lindsay Lohan is winning Oscar Awards.
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt aren’t such attention whores.

It’s a planet where everyone has fresh breath the entire day.
You can make a plate for yourself before you leave the buffet.
It’s a place where the Octomom wouldn’t make front page news.
Everyone would know the true sexual preference of Tom Cruise.

But alas, I’m not in an alternative universe because I still have a flat ass and most fast food places still provide food that can slowly kill us. So I’m glad KFC is making an effort to make fast food somewhat healthier with their Kentucky Grilled Chicken. Pieces of the new chicken have between 70 to 180 calories and four to nine grams of fat. It’s significantly lower than pieces of KFC’s original recipe fried chicken which have between 130 to 360 calories and 8 to 24 grams of fat. A drumstick and breast of the new grilled chicken contains 250 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, and 640 milligrams of sodium, which is about the same amounts found in a Lean Cuisine Meatloaf microwaveable meal.

Of course, if you get side dishes it instantly increases the nutritional intake to the normal fast food levels that you know and loathe.

The Kentucky Grilled Chicken is marinated and seasoned with a blend of six secret herbs and spices and is slow-grilled. Its appetizing smell was similar to other grilled chicken I’ve had before. The meat was juicy, tender and really tasty. It doesn’t taste like any of the KFC fried chickens, instead it tastes more like roasted or rotisserie chicken.

However, everything is not perfect with the Kentucky Grilled Chicken. The grill marks on them seem too perfect, making them somewhat unnatural looking, like the breasts of many contestants vying for the love of some B-list celebrity on a VH1 reality show. And, like regular KFC fried chicken, you’re going to need a lot of napkins (or KFC-labeled sanitary wipes) because these grilled pieces of chicken are quite greasy.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Kentucky Grilled Chicken because it’s tasty and I don’t feel so bad after eating it, like I would with a Big Mac Value Meal.

Fast food that’s tasty AND not too bad for you?

It gives me hope that someday, when Oprah rules the world, she will give me one of her favorite things. I’m wishing for either a car or an Amazon Kindle.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 wing – 80 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of protein. 1 breast – 180 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of cholesterol, 440 milligrams of sodium and 35 grams of protein. 1 drumstick – 70 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of protein. 1 thigh – 140 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol and 10 grams of protein. Yes, the long list of nutrition facts is finally over. Yay!)

(Note: Of course Grub Grade reviewed them. If they didn’t, I would’ve lost all faith in humanity.)

Item: KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken
Price: $4.99
Size: 2-piece meal
Purchased at: KFC
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Juicy, tender and really tasty. Significantly healthier than KFC’s Original Recipe chicken. I would eat these regularly. An alternative universe where Oprah rules the world. When Oprah gives away her favorite things.
Cons: Greasy. Grill marks seem unnatural. If you get the meal with side dishes, the nutritional values go up significantly. Unnatural boobs. Excessive napkin use. Amy Winehouse nightmares.

23 thoughts on “REVIEW: KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken

  1. Haha, yeah they need to make up their minds….is it “grilled” or roasted? If roasted…no fake grill marks…if grilled nnot as greasy.

    I was excited for this at first but now I’m thinking it’s WAY TOO greasy. I do, however, like that it’s a healthier option.

  2. I will just have to take your word for it… you spoke of their “secret” ingredients… which probably means it is loaded with MSG. :(

  3. If you were going to go so far as to dream up this fantasy world, it’d have been easier just to imagine that crispy, greasy, fatty fried chicken melted away excess pounds and that our robot overlords were benevolent. But, now, I’ve revealed too much.

  4. Hmmm this seems like this might be worth investigating, if memory serves me correctly (bites a yellow bell pepper) the KFC Tendergrill stuff used to be pretty good too. Now that we have a rare but useful “8 out of 10” rating from you Marvo, I’m fairly confident that this could be Good Eatin’

  5. For some reason I really hope this product stays with KFC this time, they’ve done non-fried chicken before and yes even I have to admit that it was pretty descent. Hopefully this current incarnation has the discipline necessary to make it in the long run…

  6. A couple of the least unhealthy (fat content-wise) fast food items are:

    – Taco Bell Fresco Steak Soft Taco
    – KFC Honey BBQ Snacker

  7. This fantasy world you speak of intrigues me, I would dive in just to escape the ever-present news coverage of octopussie. I think I’m going to go to art school to learn how to paint perfect grill marks on chicken just in case the revolution does begin.

  8. @Bear Silber: You should at least give it a try because you may have a different belief of what greasy is. It doesn’t hurt to try.

    @Heidi: Whatever their secret ingredients are, they are mighty tasty. But not tasty enough for me to want to break into the KFC headquarters, steal the recipe and hold it ransom for one million dollars.

    @Orchid64: what? Robots are not going to rule the earth despite what Christian Bale may say. I believe Oprah has a switch that when flipped it will turn all housewives into the largest military anyone has ever seen.

    @Woodenhand: Just as Weird Al Yankovic said, “just eat it”

    @Villain was born like this…: It’s been getting good reviews from my fellow bloggers, so I hope KFC realizes they have something good on their greasy greasy hands.

    @Chuck: Yeah, don’t be chicken about it.

    @burt barrington: Thanks for that info. I’ll keep those in mind the next time I’m at a Taco Bell or at KFC.

    @yr momz: No guilt, just goodness.

    @Bryan: I want someone to have double dectuplets, just so that people can pay attention to her instead of the Octomom.

  9. i wonder how the nutrition content compares to el pollo loco i could do the research but am way too lazy for that besides you guys prob make millions running this website so you should look it up.

  10. @angry bob: Sadly, some people think that it’s a Fugees song.

    @sj: If we made millions with this blog, I’d hire people to dictate what I say and this comment would be typed by a sexy intern that will eventually sue for sexual harassment. Anyhoo, El Pollo Loco Flame Grilled Chicken Breast – 224 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat and 617 milligrams of sodium. KGC breast – 180 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat and 440 milligrams of sodium.

  11. @sj: Super duper fast. Except when it comes to skinless chicken.

    @Heidi: I hope they lock away Michael like they do with KFC’s secret ingredients.

  12. That is all nice and good but they use MSG in everything !!
    and MSG can kill me…
    In my family we give them the no go !

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