Thursday, July 12, 2012
Fast Food Review: KFC Original Recipe Bites
And it was the last time I ate at KFC.
There was a time when I actually liked KFC - hell, I'd been eating it since it was called Kentucky Fried Chicken. Every day people still stumble upon this blog because of something I wrote about Chicken Littles, and there isn't a month that goes by that I do not receive an email from someone asking, pleading with me to disclose the location where they serve Chicken Littles. (One was in Riverside, the other Arcadia; the former has not had them in years and the latter closed down a year ago.)
But other than those Chicken Littles, there just hasn't been anything I've really liked from KFC. Not their popcorn chicken, nor their sandwiches or wraps or anything else. So after that evening, when I tried KFC's "Extra-Crispy Strips" and found them underwhelming, I never went back. Needs for fast food chicken were always well-served by Popeyes (back when I used to go there) and especially Church's. I didn't really dislike KFC, I just didn't see any need to return.
And then the other day I saw an ad for the new Original Recipe Bites. No doubt created to compete with McDonald's successful McBites and Spicy McBites, these bites from KFC promise chicken breast meat, hand-breaded with the KFC's Original Recipe spices. (Disclosure: I have never enjoyed the flavor of KFC's Original Recipe spices.)
I went to the closest KFC to me. You've seen the combination KFC/Pizza Huts? Depressing places. This was a triple combination: KFC, Pizza Hut and Nathan's Famous. There were only five people in line ahead of me but it still took 20 minutes to place my order. Would it have been less time if the guy in line ahead of me had not been so preoccupied arranging a drug deal on his cell phone? Yes, I believe it would have.
(The girl working the counter was very sweet, though, and after I placed my order for 10 bites, she included a few extra. "I gave you more since you had to wait so long," she said.)
I had hoped that the bites would be fried to order, but was not surprised when she simply turned around and lifted a bunch of bites off of a warming rack. I asked what kind of sauce they had - I have no idea what sauces KFC is offering these days - and was disappointed to hear that my choices were ranch, barbecue and honey-mustard. I selected the last of those.
But overall I did not find anything special about these bites. I like McDonald's McBites more, to say nothing of the great boneless wings at Church's (or the vastly superior nuggets at Chick-fil-A, if I'm ever near one again). And I've had more than one person tell me that I should try the chicken bites at Rally's/Checker's.
It was a better effort than I was expecting from KFC, but not enough to make me return.
Posted by JustinM at 10:00 AM