KFC's Fried Chicken Sandwich with Donut Bun is a Next-Level Cheat Meal

If a fried chicken sandwich tastes great, as the recent Popeye’s/Chick-fil-A wars played up, and if a donut tastes great, then why not combine them into one (tasty?) sandwich?

Funny you should ask, because KFC is doing it right now in select markets. The “Chicken and Donuts” sandwich is part of a whole set of chicken and donuts menu being rolled out in test markets in Virginia and in Pittsburgh.

This, from the same fast food chain that recently tested plant-based chicken—Beyond Fried Chicken—in a single market in Georgia to cater to the plant-based eating trend…despite barely having a single vegetable-like option on the menu.

But for every action, there is a reaction, and maybe this is it? Social media reactions to the chicken and donut menu items, predictably, are swinging between “I want this” and “does that come with a black box warning label?”

You can get a basket that offers up one or two donuts nestled next to fried chicken tenders or chicken on the bone. Or you can get it all set up in sandwich format, with the donut where the bun would ordinarily be. The idea is to test the appetite for it, so to speak, in a few locations and then see about rolling it out, according to a press release.

None of those location happens to be a place where companies are required by law to list nutritionals. And the company “doesn’t have nutritional information at this time.”

Which makes us wonder. And makes us do some math. If an extra crispy chicken breast has 530 calories, and if you paired that with, say, the 190 calories and 10 g of sugar that you get from a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, you’d net about 720 calories. That’s more calories than you’d get from two McChicken sandwiches at McDonald’s. And you could eat more than a pound of rotisserie chicken—crispy skin and all—for the same number of calories.

It’s not the first place to pair fried chicken with donuts—numerous outlets have been doing this already, including Bagock Fried Chicken and Donuts in Brooklyn, NY, Sam’s Fried Chicken & Donuts in Houston, Federal Donuts in Philadelphia and numerous others.

KFC does say that “consumers are increasingly seeking novel, craveable flavor combinations that give them the best of both sweet and savory worlds to create a unique taste experience.” There are other ways to get it. Try raisins in curry, pb and j, and kettle corn for starters.

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