It’s finger licking good

I read recently that the world’s appetite for chicken is growing faster than any other meat.  Indeed chicken is the most versatile meat and the most searched for foodstuffs on Google.

Just about every country on this planet has a famous chicken recipe.  I did a post recently showcasing all the famous chicken recipes but nowhere in my post did I mention about our great great grandfather of the world, the ever famous Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC as we fondly call him.

KFC deserves special mention, requires a post specially for him as he is someone most, if not all of us grew up with. To most children, deep-fried chicken is KFC.  KFC is generic to deep-fried chicken, indeed, it’s finger licking good.

History of KFC – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

KFC (the name was originally an initialism for Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the world’s second largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales) after McDonald’s, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and territories as of December 2013. The company is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains.


KFC was founded by Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of restaurantfranchising, and the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952. KFC popularized chicken in the fast-food industry, diversifying the market by challenging the established dominance of the hamburger. By branding himself as “Colonel Sanders”, the founder became a prominent figure of American cultural history, and his image remains widely used in KFC advertising. The company’s rapid expansion saw it grow too large for Sanders to manage, and in 1964 he sold the company to a group of investors led by John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack C. Massey.

KFC NZ is currently promoting 'Double Downs', a burger made from chicken rather than buns.

KFC NZ is currently promoting ‘Double Downs’, a burger made from chicken rather than buns.

kfc bucket

I remembered on my first trip to Disneyland in Anaheim some sixteen years ago when my son was just six, we were amongst the huge crowd queuing up for a bite of that chicken. Instead of getting yummy hot crisp chicken we were given pre-cooked cold KFC chicken from the fridge. No one complained so we thought that was the US standard, no quality control and it was like selling and feeding a mass market, quantity over quality. If KFC is still operating there I wonder if they still sell cold KFC today but probably not since we no longer need to fly all the way to Los Angeles or Florida just to visit Disneyland or Disneyworld.

My favourite KFC is Wicked Wings. What’s yours?


All KFC images credit

I grew up in Sarawak, a part of Malaysia in the island of Borneo and we had our local homegrown version of KFC, our very own SugarBun which has now expanded internationally.

sugar-bun sugarbun

All Sugar Bun images credit

Besides KFC and Sugar Bun, the ‘healthier’ big names in chicken include Kenny Rogers and Nandos.

Introducing Kenny Rogers –

In 1991, Country singer/songwriter Kenny Rogers ventured into the fast-food business and co-founded Kenny Rogers Roasters with former governor of Kentucky John Y. Brown, Jr. Kenny Rogers Roasters opened its first restaurant in Coral Springs, Florida in August 1991.kenny

Nando’s is a South African casual dining restaurant group originating from the Mozambican-Portuguese community with a Mozambican/Portuguese theme. Founded in 1987, Nando’s operates about 1,000 outlets in 30 countries.
Peri-Peri, the spice so nice, they named it twice.  Nandos, the chicken I loved.










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4 thoughts on “It’s finger licking good

  1. Finally! You wrote about KFC, been waiting for this post! My favourite item on the KFC menu is the Popcorn Chicken. Every trip to KFC, I must have that. I’ve had Wicked Wings on few times, and each time I felt sick afterwords. I don’t eat them anymore, but they taste good.

    I must say the Popcorn Chicken in Malaysia tastes very different compared to Australia’s. In fact, I think KFC in Malaysia is much more tastier – more spice and more crispy skin. Not too sure if KFC in NZ tastes better….?

    I really think you got cheated in the US when they gave you pre-cooked cold KFC chicken. Seems like you have tried KFC in a few parts of the world, Jess 🙂 Kenny Rogers Roasters. LOVED eating that when I was a kid in Malaysia but these days the franchise doesn’t seem as popular.

  2. I just love KFC! In Germany only some major cities has some KFC stores and in Finland (where I still live) there is nothing but McDonalds and two Burger Kings 😦

    Especially in China I like KFC due to the different flavors in many of their products.

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