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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

KFC Famous Bowls

What will they think of next?

A little bird sent me an article on the next new thing at KFC (formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken). The article sent came complete with a color photo. This photo didn’t seem to do this new dish justice because it rather turned my stomach (and not in a good way). But I kept reading in spite of my newfound nausea!

It’s called KFC Famous Bowls and from the looks of it, it starts with a layer of mashed potatoes or rice, then sweet corn and bite sized pieces of popcorn chicken, all topped with a drizzle of gravy and a sprinkle of a three-cheese blend. The picture I saw went with the mashed potatoes for the base of the bowl. I guess after looking at the picture, I realized I would want to layer my own food thank you very much. And, I don’t think the gravy drizzle helped it visually either. And while I might want some hot gravy on my mashed potatoes, I don’t think I want it on my corn or chicken or cheese. Maybe that’s just me.

This totals almost 700 calories, with 31 grams of fat and 9 grams of saturated fat, 2110 mg sodium and 27 grams of protein. The only good news is the mashed potatoes and corn add up to 6 grams of fiber. Clearly the popcorn chicken isn’t doing the bowl any nutritional favors. Because believe it or not, KFC’s gravy and mashed potatoes aren’t big fat gram or calorie contributors. The total fat would be lower if they used roasted chicken or even the chicken strips chopped up, I suspect. Two chicken strips add up to 260 calories, 16 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat.

But there you have it,in all its glory. The “new” thing at KFC. I think we would all be better off ordering something else, like the Honey BBQ Sandwich with 300 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 920 mg sodium, and 22 grams protein.

~~Elaine

Related Topics: Fast Food that Won’t Supersize You, WebMD Video: Fast Food Survival

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Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 11:46 am

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