Review: Chunky Chicken Pot Pie from KFC
Finding myself alone on a Friday night, I decide to embrace my temporary bachelorhood and stop by KFC for a bowl of indulgence. Before I order my Famous Bowl, I notice, to my delight, that the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie I read about on GrubGrade back in February is still available. Actually, I assume they made me a fresh one. Anyway, it’s been a while since I had read the brief post describing the item and can’t remember if it was just one of KFC’s “Famous Bowls” encased in a pie crust, or if it was closer to a traditional pot pie.
I race home, taking care on the turns not to tip my precious cargo and hoping to preserve its heat (I can’t imagine a cold pot pie is particularly good). Upon arrival, I am pleased to find that the pie tin was still too hot to grab from the bottom and have to quickly move it out of its paper packaging by grasping just the edges of the crust. Care is required as I move the pie onto a plate since the crust is flaky and light. It also wraps around the lip of the tin, making removal of the pie from its container impossible. So, spork in hand, I dig in.
A billow of steam escapes as I puncture the surface. The crust tastes as light and flaky as it looks and feels. I’m careful not to burn my tongue; I don’t want to ruin the principal instrument of my GrubGrading acumen (I recall the episode of Seinfeld where George wears oven mitts to protect his model-perfect hands).
So, from the top down, we have a nice, flaky, but not overly buttery crust, and a piping hot interior. But, as everyone knows, a pot pie is supposed to be eaten from the bottom up, by flipping it over onto a plate and removing the baking tin.
However, what I find as I continue my topside attack, is that the pie is curiously missing a bottom crust. After eating half the pie to try to get a good cross-sectional picture for our readers, I flip the other half over to make sure I’m not just mushing the bottom crust in with each bite and have somehow missed it. As it turns out (or turns over), there really is no bottom crust, making me question the integrity of KFC’s marketing department for calling this a “pie”. After some level of distraction caused by this missing piece of the pie… pun intended, I realize that I am grasping at straws to try to find a reason not to like this thing.
The chicken is classic KFC signature chicken which has been the staple of this institution since the Colonel was still around. While most frozen pot pies contain just cubed, pressed chicken, KFC delivers on their promise of “chunky chicken”, redeeming their marketing crew. To my surprise, the chicken is not all they are describing in their leading adjective.
The vegetables are also chunky. OK, so I’m not sure peas can be “chunky”, but the carrots are actual thick slices and not just little orange cubes and the potatoes come in sizable bits as well. Also, the vegetables are not so overcooked as to make texture-less masses out of them, but rather, they are firm and taste fresh. Full disclosure, I didn’t eat the peas, since I am allergic to them, but I will say that there is a discernible fresh, green pea smell. As an added bit of useless information, there are 27 peas in my pie. I figure as long as I am taking the time to pick them out, I might as well count them. Finally, the gravy, or whatever you call the stew-like substance inside a pot pie, while hot and of fair consistency, is mostly devoid of flavor. I think I was hoping for a bit of black pepper or something, but I’m not sure there’s a real need for spice when the chicken is the real star with a good supporting cast of large, fresh vegetables.
Pros: Hot. Flaky, not overly buttery crust. Good quality veggies. Classic KFC chicken chunks.
Cons: No bottom crust; bad for pie flippers. Lackluster gravy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.75/10
More Info: KFC.com
Chicken Pot Pie
Calories - 790
Total Fat - 45 grams
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Sodium - 1970 milligrams
Carbs - 66 grams
Dietary Fiber - 5 grams
Protein - 33 grams