Apr 15, 2013

Review: KFC - Boneless Chicken

White meat - left, dark meat- right
KFC's Boneless Chicken is a skinless, boneless take on their bone-in Original Recipe fried chicken. According to their research, a majority of people like boneless chicken and this is their effort to appeal to those folks, notwithstanding the fact that they offer chicken strips and have offered a Boneless Filet in the past.

Boneless Chicken carries a 25-cent-per-piece upcharge over KFC's regular bone-in chicken and can be had in white or dark meat. KFC is also currently promoting a two-piece Boneless Chicken combo (with a side, biscuit, and drink) for $4.99.

The white meat Boneless Chicken looks to be a cut of chicken breast filet, while the dark meat seems to be a cut of the meatiest portion of the thigh. Given the size of the cuts, I would have to guess KFC had to source bigger chicken for these; it feels like you get about just a little less than amount of meat as can be found on KFC's bone-in chicken.

The white meat Boneless Chicken is pretty much the spiritual successor to the Boneless Filet. The breading is not as greasy and noticeably drier than its bone-in counterpart. The lack of fatty skin accounts for the breading's dry aspect. On the plus side, unlike bone-in fried chicken, it's unlikely that you'll have any grease on your face afterwards.

The seasoning is that familiar (and salty) blend of herbs and spices. The chicken within tastes the same as you'd expect. Like all white meat, there's a tendency for it to dry out, but it was moist on this occasion.

Unsurprisingly, the dark meat Boneless Chicken was noticeably juicy and sported more flavor than the white meat. It seems to be cut from chicken thigh. Like the white meat version, the breading is not as oily and drier than the bone-in version.

Basically, if you like KFC's Original Recipe Chicken, you'll probably like the Boneless Chicken as well. If you don't, this isn't going to change your mind. Boneless Chicken is more convenient to eat on-the-go since there are no bones to pick out/gnaw and the drier breading makes it more of a one napkin affair rather than the typical three napkins. If you're careful, you can eat these without any mess at all other than a little finger grease.

Between boneless and bone-in, the price premium and no-fuss eating is not a bad trade-off for the slightly dry breading.

Nutritional Info - Original Recipe Boneless Chicken - white meat (103g)
Calories - 200 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 610mg
Carbs - 6g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 24g

Nutritional Info - Original Recipe Boneless Chicken - dark meat (107g)
Calories - 250 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 2.5g)
Sodium - 850mg
Carbs - 11g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 21g


  1. Wish they had a spicy version like Popeye's!

  2. I wasn't too happy with this product. Each white meat piece is half a breast, so even if the breasts are a little larger, with the price premium you're basically paying twice as much for your chicken. Great deal for KFC, and I'm sure somebody landed a promotion for figuring out how to double the price of the product.

  3. Just a little better than chick-fil-a, but that is not saying much. Stay with traditional bone-in chicken.

  4. I just tried the two piece combo -- one white and one dark. The white meat piece was nothing special. The dark meat piece was heavenly! Reminded me of the dark meat chicken nuggets I used to enjoy as a kid. All of the fillets these days are white meat.

  5. I dont like it;( the original with bone chicken is much tastier. My experience with this is that they're practically chicken fingers and taste the same bought from Walmart at a much more affordable price.

  6. You forgot to mention one of the 11 herbs and spices is MSG.

  7. Recipe still amazes me on how they keep up on it. Very consistent i must say.

  8. Tried it once .... once .

    Way too much salt and was like chicken jerky . Failure .

  9. Worst Chicken I have ever bought.
    Not sure but I believe it was cooked 2 times
    ever time it was cooked was salted
    and then when I bought it was again salted.
    I will never go back to KFC.

  10. This was the most disgusting thing i ever tried to eat... It wasnt anything like those pictures show. Ours was dark & white meat stuck together by a slimey, snot-like material. I don't know if it was just that particular KFC or not, but, i haven't been back since! & im not planning on ever goin back!!! Used to love KFC...


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