Food on the Run – Is KFC Becoming KGC?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Move over fried chicken because starting today, April 27th, KFC introduces Kentucky Grilled Chicken.

We previously reviewed KFC in our ongoing Food on the Run series. However, the new grilled chicken offers a healthier chicken option while still maintaining the finger lickin' good flavor and we wanted to take another look.

Is the new chicken really that much better nutritionally?

The new Kentucky Grilled Chicken has its own special recipe and is slow roasted to juicy perfection in new franchise custom designed ovens. The grilled secret recipe is a blend of six herbs and spices compared to the Original Recipe's 11 herbs and spices originally developed by chain founder Colonel Sanders. The new grilled chicken provides fewer calories, few fat grams and less sodium than Original Recipe counterparts.

KFC has tried non-fried chicken options before but they were not on the menu for long. In the early 1990's, a rotisserie-style chicken was introduced and a tender roast product shortly after that. Long cooking times and equipment problems caused both of those efforts to fail shortly after introduction. This time, KFC leaders feel they have found the right non-fried product. The grilled chicken will cost the same as the Original Recipe trademark fried chicken which should make it a great additional alternative to sit next to the Extra Crispy as an alternative to Original Recipe.

KFC Grilled Chicken Nutrition Data

Calories - 80
Fat - 4 grams
Sodium - 160 mg
Protein - 10 grams

Calories - 180
Fat - 4 grams
Sodium - 440 mg
Protein - 35 grams

Calories - 70
Fat - 4 grams
Sodium - 200 mg
Protein - 10 grams

Calories - 140
Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 320 mg
Protein - 15 grams

Healthy Meal Ideas

Grilled Chicken Breast with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Calories – 330
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 1370 mg
Carbohydrates – 25 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 38 grams

Grilled Whole Wing and Drumstick with a small corn on the cob, mean greens and a biscuit
Calories – 430
Fat – 17 grams
Sodium – 1290 mg
Carbohydrates – 43 grams
Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 29 grams

You can give the new grilled chicken a try for free on April 27th at participating KFC restaurants. The offer is limited to one free piece per person and the selection is the manager's choice and may vary by location.

Tell us what you think about the new grilled addition to KFC. Is this a good addition? Will you give it a try?

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    I tried the KFC grilled chicken breast last week and it was soo yummy! I can't wait to go back and get it again! It was healthy and filling- an all out good choice for lunch or dinner! :) - 4/30/2009   11:43:15 AM
  • 164
    I tried it the other day, and really enjoyed it. Although the chicken was a little greasy, I could attribute that to the fact that the skin was on it...I have the same experience when I bake a chicken breast or thigh with the skin still on at home. It's definitely a good alternative for me....I don't really care much for the original recipe anymore...definitely too greasy. What I really like is that you can pick up a family meal or just the chicken, and mix or match. So, my hubby gets what he wants, I get what I want , etc.
    I will definitely pick up the chicken, again, but will stick with my own sides made at home. - 4/29/2009   10:14:45 PM
  • 163
    I tried this the other day on my lunch break and I really enjoyed it. It was moist and seasoned just right. I know that I will be going back! - 4/29/2009   9:26:39 PM
    I wish they would leave the carb count on the single peices of chicken, not just the meals.

    - 4/29/2009   4:29:50 PM
  • 161
    I will definately try it. - 4/29/2009   3:04:28 PM
  • 25LADY
    I tried this with my husband on Sunday, 4/26/09, since it was already being served at our KFC. I have to say that it was delicious, moist and meaty. More salty than I like but I took the skin off and it was fine!! Going back for more - the original is not on our agenda (plate) any more!!! - 4/29/2009   10:25:24 AM
  • 159
    My daughter and I actually tried it on the 26th because the KFC we stopped at had it already. I must say it is delicious! I will definitely get it again. :) - 4/29/2009   1:52:12 AM
  • 158
    Our KFC was already serving this before the 27th of April. My hubby & I tried it. The nice thing about it was it was juicy & we were able to remove the skin. We both decided that we liked it better than the original & we will probably go back & get some more. - 4/29/2009   1:44:46 AM
  • 157
    I would love to try this. Will check to see if my local KFC has it. Thank you for posting about it. - 4/28/2009   11:41:31 PM
  • 156
    I think I will try it. What could it hurt? - 4/28/2009   11:05:34 PM
  • 155
    They have had this where I live for about a month. I decided to try it a couple of week ago but none was ready at either store near me. I was told there would be a 20 minute wait. Of course they offered me their other chicken...I declined. Since KFC was one of my binge/trigger foods I guess the Universe was trying to tell me something. So I went to the grocery store and picked up some rotisserie chicken for a whole lot less money. No KFC for me - not even the grilled. - 4/28/2009   10:33:22 PM
    I will give it a try, why not? It's better than fast food chicken sandwiches! - 4/28/2009   9:58:00 PM
  • 153
    I just tried it last Friday. I thought it would be a healthier choice. My only complaint was that it tasted too salty for my taste. - 4/28/2009   9:53:02 PM
    It was better than I feared. There was skin on it but even if you took it off it tasted good. Unlike the grilled version in the past which I personally thought left a greasy film on the roof of my mouth. This was new product is great! - 4/28/2009   9:35:14 PM
  • 151
    Wow, thanks for posting this. I have two coupons out of the paper for a FREE piece of this chicken. Tha calories are just right for me! I WILL be trying this out for sure! - 4/28/2009   8:44:25 PM
  • 150
    It’s great to have healthy alternatives at fast food restaurants. Hopefully, this trend will continue in our society. God knows we need it! It really helps when the food is good. KFC grill chicken is very tasty, even better without the skin. - 4/28/2009   8:06:10 PM
    I tried it; I liked it. Has a different taste than the original, but still good. - 4/28/2009   6:31:18 PM
  • 148
    I tried the new grilled chicken breast @ KFC (kgc) The meat was tender and delicious, but there was skin on the breast which I removed. I had the potatoes without gravy, and opted for a green side salad with a wedge of lemon... YUM! - 4/28/2009   5:13:35 PM
  • 147
    it's about time! and i love kfc! we stopped going to lose some weight. we're going back when funds permit! - 4/28/2009   3:40:43 PM
  • 146
    I may actually choose them more often because of it. - 4/28/2009   2:36:20 PM
  • 145
    I just had to make a comment about the green beans- they are soooooo salty!! I couldnt even finish them. It was disappointing to see a green bean treated like that soggy and salty.
    bleh - 4/28/2009   2:04:19 PM
  • 144
    I am glad to hear that they are introducing foods that are better for your health. I however find it better if I just stay away from fast food. For road trips we plan ahead, pack a cooler for snacks and stop at restaurants to sit down and eat as healthy as possible. - 4/28/2009   1:55:33 PM
  • 143
    I am really glad KFC decided to get healthier as they are one of the fast food places near my house (I have limited options on this). Though I don't often eat fast food....this is one I may try soon! - 4/28/2009   12:45:00 PM
  • 142
    We, too, have to go over an hour to our closest KFC but happened to be in that area over the weekend so I tried the new chicken. I chose to have it in a wrap (lettuce, tomato, sauce) and was stuffed! It was breast pieces and very tasty, I thought. Altho' we picked up a new KFC nutritional guide, I had to figure the WW points separately. I'll have it again. - 4/28/2009   11:49:04 AM
  • 141
    Have tried it and enjoyed it a lot! With the green beans and cole slaw it make s a good tasty meal. Glad they are offering it! - 4/28/2009   10:41:45 AM
  • 140
    Haven't tried it yet, but I love the idea of grilled chicken instead of the fried stuff! - 4/28/2009   10:06:26 AM
  • 786SHINE
    a few weeks back i did try the grill chicken and i liked it alot, i am no food critic but i enjoyed it. - 4/28/2009   9:36:34 AM
  • 138
    Not likely that I'll go to KFC/KGC any time soon. I've been trying to stay away from fast food places as much as possible. It's good to know that KFC is trying, though! And hopefully the grilled stuff will far outsell the fried! - 4/28/2009   9:26:34 AM
    We bought KGC for dinner last nite(way too hot here to cook) and it was DELICIOUS! It was juicy instead of greasy and a hit w/the whole family, which rather surprised me, because of the 4 of us, I am the only person who really dislikes and avoids fried food. - 4/28/2009   9:23:58 AM
  • SUSAN317
    Nice to know, however, I am also a Memphian. We don't have a lot of fast food choices that aren't fried or heavily barbequed in sauce. Looks like I'll still be packing a lunch or buying a fresh salad. - 4/28/2009   9:22:51 AM
  • 135
    I went to KFC yesterday and tried the grilled chicken. It was managers choice what to give out, so they gave me a leg (I would have opted for a breast). It was delicious! No skin, very moist, and very tastey. - 4/28/2009   9:12:32 AM
  • 134
    Does anyone know if it has MSG in it??? It is higher in sodium than I would normally like but if I have to eat out at least it is a better choice. - 4/28/2009   9:03:08 AM
  • 133
    Glad to see they have a healthier option---they are getting ready to open a new one nearer to where I live so I will try it out when it opens. Thanks for the calorie count. - 4/28/2009   8:29:44 AM
  • 132
    I feel the same about KFC as I do about all other food or not....I can cook something similar at home and have it taste better, be lower in calories, and cost far less!!! I'm no longer drawn to restaurant food. - 4/28/2009   7:52:46 AM
  • 131
    Nope - you won't get me in the door. Kudos to KFC, though, for trying. - 4/28/2009   7:38:01 AM
  • 130
    I've tried it twice already. The meal size is actually perfect to split with my husband. We ordered the meal with two breasts, they charge a little more for it. Then we split the sides and the biscuit. It's not bad for eating fast food. Definitely will be eating again in the fture. - 4/28/2009   7:29:05 AM
  • 129
    I tried it on Sunday and loved it. The flavor is great, the meat is tender. It is a wondeful addition to fast food. There are several times a month where I HAVE to eat fast fod in my car while driving. It's very difficult to eat salads with one hand so this is a wonderful healthy option! - 4/28/2009   7:14:14 AM
  • 128
    I tried the KFC grilled chicken yesterday. For me it was okay nothing to write home to mom about but a nice change for a heathier selection on the menu. - 4/28/2009   5:50:59 AM
    I saw the commercials and am interested but my daughter is very into animals and saw the KFC cruelty things and so we don't eat there :( - 4/28/2009   5:45:53 AM
    I tried the KFC Grilled Breast last week and I love it! I now have somewhere to go when the family wants to eat out. - 4/28/2009   5:09:13 AM
    Won't try it, Have finally gotten to the point where I do not want to pay someone else to make myself sick. I didn't become obese on home cooked meals, so that is the path I am on and honestly fast food only holds the most distant urgings to me and most times I drink water or making something more satisfying without the sodium and excess fat. I'm not saying it's bad for others, just don't need it anymore. I used to want to rush out and try the new "foods" at fast food joints, but I've found that the new food arrives on the scene before I even get out to try the last one, and it made it easier and easier to ignore those commercials or longings from the past. - 4/28/2009   4:35:07 AM
  • 124
    Early last week, I was just thinking/ wishing KFC had a grilled chicken meal (not just the salad).... so I had to smile and laugh when I saw the commercail for it on Thursday... it sounded soo good, I went and had one Friday night, and again Saturday...I don't normally eat out that often, let alone at KFC, but I think it will be a nice thing to have once in a while... - 4/28/2009   1:29:45 AM
  • 123
    I thought it was good. I will definitely eat it again. I love KFC chicken so it is nice to see this option aded to the menu. - 4/28/2009   1:19:05 AM
  • 122
    I tried it the other night. I had to remove the skin. It was a pretty small breast and a little salty but otherwise it is a nice alternative for me when the hubs wants KFC. - 4/27/2009   11:40:17 PM
  • 121
    I tried the breast and a leg today. Mine was not dry. In fact, I thought it was great and it sure beat a burger. - 4/27/2009   11:39:44 PM
  • 120
    Is this on the bone or boneless? Does this come with or without skin? (And if it's with, do we have nurtitional values if you remove the skin?) I admit that I do have a soft spot for KFC. I'd say I get it about once a month. My MO is to get a breast and a wing (original recipe) and remove the skin. You still get some yummy fried flavor, and I'll have a few nibbles of the coating that doesn't come off. I usually have a bite or two of the biscuit and give the rest to my daughter and have 3-5 potato wedges (and veggies from home. Theirs are yucky!) OK, not a healthy meal, but not horrible. (I just can't worry about salt too. I'm already tracking so manmy other things, and I'm young, healthy, and cook 90% of the time.) And it hits the spot. So, I'm totally excited to try the grilled and see if I like that too. - 4/27/2009   11:04:33 PM
  • 119 I begin to read this blog the KGC commercial is on television! - 4/27/2009   10:33:14 PM
  • 118
    Always a great idea to change from fried to grilled!! - 4/27/2009   9:52:38 PM
  • 117
    Took my son and myself to the local KFC - and they weren't participating. Closest one was nearly 100 miles away... and they aren't planning to carry it, either. Like I told the girl at the counter, the franchise owner needs to know how many people came in asking for it - and that I DON'T go there for fried chicken - grilled just might get me in occasionally. - 4/27/2009   9:43:29 PM
  • 116
    tried this chicken and was so disappointed that we will NEVER eat it again, it was so dry we couldn't even finish eating it, what a WASTE of money!! - 4/27/2009   9:40:46 PM

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