KFC, in an attempt to appeal to a wider crowd, has released a new Original Recipe Boneless Chicken in both white meat and dark meat varieties. KFC has declared the release of their Boneless Chicken on April 14th as “The Greatest Day in Chicken History”. The Boneless Chicken is, you guessed it, free of bones. I guess KFC is gunning for number one when it comes to releasing the most uncreative, uninspired new food items (Pizza Hut currently holds that spot). I picked up a Boneless Chicken combo box containing one piece of white meat, one piece of dark meat, one side, a single biscuit, and a medium drink for $4.99.
How Does it Taste?
Something about boneless chicken just doesn’t feel right. Chicken that is boneless always makes me cautious of the quality of the chicken or the size of the chicken. One or the other has to suffer when the bones are picked out, right? However, I must say that boneless chicken is much nicer to eat than chicken with bones.
I ordered both the dark meat and white meat versions of the new Boneless Chicken, so how do they stack up against each other?
White Meat Boneless Chicken
The white meat Boneless Chicken was the smaller of the two, and also the crispiest looking one. I’d be hard pressed to tell it apart from a normal chicken strip – the size and shape are very similar. The Boneless Chicken is skinless, so the outside breading feels quite strange compared to your typical piece of KFC chicken. The outside is hard and dry, but lacks the moisture underneath that the chicken usually has.
The chicken meat on the inside was dry and not very flavorful. It was like an extremely dry chicken strip. I remedied the lack of flavor and juiciness by dipping the chicken strip in KFC mashed potatoes and gravy. It had to become a vehicle for mashed potatoes and gravy for me to finish it.
Dark Meat Boneless Chicken
The dark meat Boneless Chicken was quite the opposite of the white meat chicken. I could see the moistness of this beautiful piece of chicken before even tearing it open. The outside coating of the dark meat chicken looked much more inviting than that of the white meat chicken.
The meat inside this piece of chicken was succulent and juicy. It was almost melt-in-your-mouth tender. I’m not kidding here, this was probably the juiciest, most flavorful piece of chicken I’ve had at KFC, ever. I don’t know if I caught them on a good day or what, but this piece of chicken was just awesome. And on the plus side, this piece of chicken was larger than the piece of white meat Boneless Chicken. I was left somewhat impressed and satisfied with the dark meat Boneless Chicken.
KFC’s Boneless Chicken didn’t reinvent the wheel, or really add anything new to the chicken world, but it did give us dark meat Boneless Chicken at KFC. The dark meat Boneless Chicken was the best piece of chicken I’ve had at KFC, hands down. My one complaint though is that the chicken did have a somewhat strange, chicken skin like filler that seemed to hold the pieces of chicken together. I recommend giving the dark meat chicken a try. As for the white meat chicken, don’t even bother.
Boneless Chicken (white meat)
Boneless Chicken (dark meat)
Pros: Easier to eat than standard chicken, dark meat was juicy and flavorful
Cons: Lack of skin makes for drier exterior, white meat was very dry, some kind of strange, gelatinous filling interlaced between the pieces of chicken
KFC Boneless Chicken (white meat, 1 pc.)
Calories from Fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g
Sat. Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
KFC Boneless Chicken (dark meat, 1 pc.)
Calories from Fat: 130
Total Fat: 14g
Sat. Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat: 0g