Fast Times: Kentucky Fried Chicken 'Chunky Chicken' Pot Pie

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Photos by Christina Uticone
A $4, fast food pot pie -- who could resist? Certainly not me, and as soon as I saw an advert for the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie at KFC I was pulling up to the drive-thru window. Chicken pot pie is a total throwback to my childhood, when my brother and I would turn up our noses at the delicious, homemade version and beg for the frozen-TV-dinner pot pie my dad kept on hand for quickie dinners. God, I was a stupid kid.

You may recall my recent unfortunate experience with a KFC Mashed Potato Bowl. If so, you are probably wondering why I would subject myself to yet another KFC one-dish meal. I guess I really am a glutton for punishment.

I'm not sure what a frozen pot pie at the grocery store goes for these days, but if it's more than four bucks, the KFC Chunky Chicken pot pie is a good value for largely the same product. The KFC pot pie is substantial; enormous, actually. If you paired a portion with a side salad, you'd probably have a complete meal for three or four people. I was rather shocked when I felt the weight of the pot pie in the take-out bag -- as far as fast food goes, you get a lot of food for your money.

So how does the pot pie taste? An awful lot like the frozen pot pie I remember from my childhood. The vegetables -- carrots, peas, potatoes -- have that unmistakable
"we used to be frozen" quality. Not freezer burn exactly, just that odd too-firm-to-be-fresh texture frozen veggies sometimes get. The flaky outer crust is as good as a prepared pie crust can be -- somewhat buttery, to be sure, but also quite dense. KFC bills the crust as "light and flaky," but that's only half true.

While the Chunky Chicken pot pie does contain a fair amount of white meat, there is plenty of dark meat in the mix as well. The "savory, home-style sauce" is generic, and not even as good as KFC's gravy. I'll rate the Chunky Chicken pot pie above the KFC Mashed Potato Bowl, but just barely.

Nutrition info: 790 calories, 45 grams fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1970 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 29 g protein



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5 comments
Texmex01
Texmex01

"1970 mg sodium" Holy saltlick Batman!!!!!

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

I don't see this pot pie ending my 15-year KFC ban anytime soon.

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

How long did it take to get from order to delivery? I can't imagine them cooking a bunch of these up and having them sit in the queue like the chicken. TA

TM
TM

You brave, brave soul. 

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

No longer than any other drive-thru order, but the woman did ask us to hold on while she checked to see if they had any ready. They are probably putting out a certain number per hour?

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