Let’s get the grill on, babe


When I was a little girl, Kentucky Fried Chicken were novelty meals.  The aroma of the fried chicken was heavenly and familiar and it meant some finger-lickin’ goodness was in store.

Last Friday, I tasted Kentucky Grilled Chicken for the first time.  Yup, not FRIED but GRILLED.  The telly has been screening these ads for so many weeks now, and there was only so much I could do to restrain myself from trying this *healthier* option.

In a bid to lure health-conscious consumers back into KFC (incidentally I learnt that it became KFC because the word FRIED in Kentucky FRIED Chicken needed to be dropped), KGC was introduced after two years of testing.  The selling point is that it contains less calories, less fat and less sodium than its *fried* predecessor. 

Original Recipe Chicken (varies per piece):
110-370 calories
7-21 g fat
290-1050 mg sodium

New Kentucky Grilled Chicken (varies per piece):
70-180 calories
4-9 g fat
160-440 mg sodium

(obviously the Hot and Spicy variety we have in Malaysia will have MANY MANY more calories, fat and sodium than the OR ones)

The verdict?  Well, I must say that I was slightly taken aback by how tiny the KGC pieces were.  It was almost as if free-range chicken were used!  I have never seend such minute chicken pieces in the US!  Tastewise, it did not have that fragrant OOMPH KFC always exudes, but it was definitely palatable.  Because it’s grilled, you don’t get that crispy skin though…but it FELT healthier.  However, if you’re talking *grilled* chicken, give me Nando’s anytime!  Hehe…

The set meal I had contained 2 pieces of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, and instead of the bun we have in Malaysia, the set comes with a flaky crumbly buttermilk biscuit, which I absolutely LURVE!

I am not sure if KGC has come to Malaysian shores yet, but I would say it may not be a big hit there, given that people are more inclined to fall back on the comforting reassuring KFC they know and love.  Sure, they’ll try KGC one time at least, but Malaysian tastebuds would probably prefer the fried option.

Have I made your tummies rumble yet?

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10 Responses to Let’s get the grill on, babe

  1. Leah says:

    We got two FREE coupons with the Sunday paper and went to try two weeks ago. It tastes ok, but probably won’t pay for it. 🙂

  2. michelle says:

    I would imagine the Walmart or Target roast chicken taste batter than KGC.

  3. jemima says:

    FYI, I’m probably a rare breed coz I’ve never been a KFC fan. 😛

  4. Adino says:

    They would have to taste as good as Nando’s before anyone will take it seriously. But I’m intrigued. I don’t mind giving it a taste!

  5. 4malmal says:

    your pictures are making me hungry! I wish I can find a KFC easily here in Paris and I wish my hubby is around now to help to hunt one for me!

  6. Paik Ling says:

    You sure did! The drumstick looked helluva pathetic though. I love those southern-styled biscuits too!! Like those that come with Popeye’s chicken!

  7. mistipurple says:

    kfc over here sux. or maybe certain outlets are better. have made a concerted effort to avoid them actually. sad, cos they used to be my favourites.

  8. Rachel says:

    if KGC was in Malaysia..i’m sure the taste will be different too..like the KFC overseas and in Malaysia is slightly different ya..

  9. HN says:

    You definitely makes me drool 🙂 Have not seen KGC in Netherlands yet.. but here don’t even have mash potatoes!!!! They served fries or wedges instead …

  10. Irene says:

    eeeekk… pls KGC, come to Msia soon!!!!

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