Since moving to Austin, we've been trying to eat healthier and we've largely given up fast foods. But, old habits die hard, and ever the consummate consumer, I was pretty intrigued by KFC's new approach into the trend of healthy eating.
The commercials certainly looked promising. The colonel's 11 tasty herbs and spices combined with the healthiness of grilled chicken instead of fried? Today I decided to give it a shot finally.
The results were a bit of a mixed bag as you can probably imagine. First of all, the pieces are not nearly as big or delicious-looking as the ads (I should have known better). Second of all, "Kentucky Grilled Chicken" is a pretty egregious misnomer-- the pieces are still fried in oil, just not with all the batter. I have no idea where the "grill marks" are coming from.
Still, no one can say it doesn't make a difference. A "grilled" drumstick is only 80 calories, as compared to the original recipe (110 calories) or the Extra Crispy (150 calories), and a grilled breast (180 calories) is a HUGE improvement over the original recipe (370 calories) and Extra Crispy (490 calories).
As for the flavor, it wasn't bad. Certainly not as tasty as the KFC you're used to, but the fact that it's actually friend instead of grilled was probably redeeming in this regard.
What got me, though, in the end was the sides. I haven't had KFC in forever, so I couldn't pass up the usual favorites: cole slaw and mashed potatoes. Like any dining out experience for the health conscious, the sides can be just as dangerous as the main course, if not more. Luckily, there are better options on the menu, including green beans, mean greens (whatever that is), and good old-fashioned corn on the cob.
In the end, this new KGC will not and should not be considered healthy eating by anyone (no surprise there). But for people with kids who are coerced into eating more fast food than they'd like, or recovering junk foodies like myself, it provides options, and for that KFC should be applauded.
Now if you'll excuse me, Han and I are getting ready to go get chicken fried steak at Hoover's. (Which way is the gym?)