Jul 16, 2013

Review: KFC - Hot Shot Bites

New KFC Hot Shot Bites are a spicy variation on the Original Recipe Bites that were introduced this time last year. The new spicy Bites feature chunks of white meat chicken marinated with spicy cayenne peppers before being battered and fried.

I paid $3.99 for a combo with a side and a drink, except they forgot to include my side and I neglected to check the bag before I left the restaurant. I did get three Hot Wings at 3 for $1.50 and 2 Biscuits for 99 cents off of a new "Snackables" menu they're offering here in Southern California though.

Unlike the Original Recipe Bites I tried last time, which I felt may have been siting under the heat lamps for some time, the Hot Shot Bites I got were nice and juicy. The chunks give you two sizable bites worth of chicken breast.

The breading is fairly thin and just slightly crispy with a reddish-orange hue to warn of the spiciness.

So how spicy are the new KFC Hot Shot Bites? They're actually pretty spicy! Probably the spiciest thing I've had off of the KFC menu. They're lightly-seasoned so you really get a feel for the heat. Whereas KFC Hot Wings are very mildly spicy, these are seriously, nose-runningly spicy. Here's a side by side visual comparison of the two:

The Hot Wings has a thicker shell that's much more crunchy, but I think the amount of meat is about the same.

And because I also got biscuits, here's a KFC Hot Shot Bites Biscuit sandwich!:

I still don't know why KFC doesn't offer Biscuit sandwiches. They are so good!

Overall, between the light breading, serious heat, and juicy chicken, KFC Hot Shot Bites are pretty good and the best thing I've seen from The House the Colonel Built so far this year. If you try them, get some ranch sauce to help you take the edge off.

Nutritional info not available. I'm told KFC doesn't release it for limited-time items, but that it shouldn't be too different from Original Recipe Bites, which I've posted below for reference.

Nutritional Info - KFC Original Recipe Bites - 6 pieces (100g)
Calories - 200 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 660mg
Carbs - 7g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 22g


  1. I tried these yesterday. They are dang spicy !Got a water after I started eating them to cool down the spice haha! But awesome tho..had em with Ranch. Good review!

  2. Actually spicy? I may have to try these out! I did like the Hot and Spicy McChicken though, it wasn't much but at least it brought something NEW to the table of tired McDonals food

  3. We've had these in the UK for a while (but only as part of limited time deals). They are very spicy!

  4. Made me almost ralph... Like eating rubber salt. Perhaps they let the meat marinade too long?

  5. Do these taste anything like the Mcdonalds spicy chicken mcbites?

  6. These are very good. Spicy with a fair amount of heat. I will now be visiting KFC more often.
    @Hank. These are nothing like Mickey D's HORRIBLE Chicken McBarfs. Those are nothing more than hardened balls of breading with very little chicken. KFC's Bites are ALL chicken with a light, crispy breading and great flavor. With McDonalds, you might as well draw a picture of their McBites, then crumple of the paper and eat that. It would have better flavor than the actual thing.

  7. Okay thanks so much Scram! I will deff try these!

  8. These are delicious!!!! And pretty spicy- get a drink to go with them! As for the nutritional info, expect them to be a little higher in fat, carbs, and calories- these are double breaded as opposed to single breaded for the Original Recipe Bites

  9. MUCH better!! These are hand breaded and prepared fresh in each store.

  10. I don't eat KFC but only because the only once close to me is located next to a local southern fried chicken take out place (complete with fresh home made sides) and all at cheap prices but its always surprised me that they carry both biscuits and chicken and yet no biscuit chicken sandwiches? Blasphemy as far as I'm concerned.

  11. Nutritional information is actually required by law before selling the product. You may not be able to get it online, but if you go in and ask to see the nutritional information for it in person you'll get it.

  12. I actually emailed them to ask, but haven't actually looked up the law. I do know that they are required to display calorie counts on menus, in California at least.


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