This product comes in two different varieties, the White Meat (Breast) and Dark Meat (Thigh). This is a new take because until now, the only form of breast and thigh that were offered were on the bone. These are similar to chicken strips, but have a distorted ratio of batter to chicken. When you usually get a chicken strip, there is more batter than there is meat, the opposite applies here.
As for the flavor, there is definitely a familiar taste. This taste can (and probably should be) accented with side items or sauces, but overall it is the same great taste that many have come to love (despite the recent disappearance of many KFC’s in the Baltimore Area). All it is is the same original recipe chicken, without the bones.
Now then, for nutrition.
Here are the caloric values as stated on the KFC Nutrition Calculator App:
Original Recipe Boneless (White Meat): 200 calories
Original Recipe Boneless (Dark Meat): 250 calories
First off, if you’re health conscious spring for the white meat . White meat has less fat in it and as a result, fewer calories. You’re going to have a larger piece of meat for far fewer calories and probably won’t even know the difference. If you do prefer dark meat, it’s not necessarily a bad choice, white meat is just the better choice of the two calorie-wise.
If you want to take eating healthy to the next level, take your original recipe boneless and try to peel off the breading/skin. This is where all of the fat and calories lie. If you peel this off and simply eat the meat you’ll be doing yourself a favor. That doesn’t mean you have to eat it bland, feel free to add your favorite dipping sauce to accent it.
Here are the values for the different sauces KFC has:
- Sweet & Sour Sauce: 45 calories
- Honey BBQ Sauce: 40 calories
- Creamy Ranch Sauce: 140 calories
- Honey Mustard Sauce: 120 calories
- Creamy Buffalo: 70 calories
So, you’re probably going to want to avoid the ranch or honey mustard if you are watching your calorie intake. Mustard in itself is awesome for you, it’s just when you add the honey to it that things become a grey area. If I were to suggest one, I would probably go with one piece of original recipe boneless breast, peel the breading/skin off, and tack on a side of green beans (25 calories) and some Honey BBQ Sauce. This would give you a nice meal to hold you over until your next one, while still contributing some nutrition and flavor. If done properly, you can definitely work this into your 1,500 calorie a day meal plan and not feel guilty about it.
Overall, despite not being vastly different, the KFC original recipe boneless is interesting in that it hasn’t been done quite like this until now. I would recommend it, and feel free to take some of the steps above to improve its nutritional value.
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