Review: Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC

While it’s definitely not pretty, I guess you could say the “Bowl” idea at KFC kind of works.  You get a big base of mashed potatoes with various toppings piled on… grab your trusty spork and dig in.  The latest is the Loaded Potato Bowl and it’s not too different from those that came before it.

KFC Loaded Potato BowlThe Loaded Potato Bowl features mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hand-breaded and diced extra crispy chicken tenders, and topped with new bacon cheese sauce, green onions and a three cheese blend.  It’s priced at $3.99 for the bowl alone or as a $5 Fill Up which comes with a chocolate chip cookie and a drink. 

Loaded Potato Bowl KFCLike the rest of them, the Loaded Potato Bowl features a lot of the same.  Creamy mashed potatoes take up most of the weight.  I counted eight pieces of chopped extra crispy chicken tenders in my bowl.  Extra crispy is the way to go to help preserve some fried chicken skin crunch.  Thinking back on it, I should’ve worked around some of the chicken a lot more at first because once it’s out of the way, I didn’t feel like finishing the bowl.  The goal here is to try and get a decent amount of every ingredient with each bite.  This will probably be a challenge since the ingredients were unbalanced.  The Loaded Potato Bowl was about 70% mashed potatoes, 25% chicken, and 5% of everything else.

Loaded Potato Bowl from KFCThe 5% is made up of green onions and corn strewn stuck in a sea of off-putting bacon cheese sauce.  I didn’t care much for the bacon cheese sauce which is basically brown gravy with bacon flavor.  When I got a little too much of that bacon sauce in a bite, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t just go with real chopped bacon… too much like the Cheesy Bacon Bowl I guess.  I almost hesitate to even mention the three-cheese blend that barely makes an appearance.  When the description says “three-cheese blend” I wasn’t expecting this trio to actually be three individual strands of cheese.  I exaggerate a little, and maybe it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but it was barely there.

KFC BowlThe Loaded Potato Bowl is filling and an OK value at $3.99 considering the weight of it.  Since most of the weight is in mashed potatoes, I can’t say it’s a steal.  For a dollar more you get a drink and a chocolate chip cookie so there’s more value in the $5 Fill Up option.  Like all KFC Bowls, it’s a nice variety of various KFC flavors in one convenient package.  To me it felt like too much of the same and it would’ve been able to separate itself a lot better with a little less emphasis on mashed potatoes and more impact from the other ingredients… just not the bacon cheese sauce.

Pros: Extra crispy chicken tenders. Multiple flavors and texture in a conveniently package bowl. The $5 Fill Up option.

Cons: Balance of ingredients tilts incredibly heavy on the mashed potatoes and would've liked more green onions/corn/cheese blend. Bacon cheese sauce.

Taste: 4.75/10
Value: 6.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: http://www.kfc.com
Nutrition Facts:
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18 comments on “Review: Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC

  1. […]  Priced at $5 with a cookie and drink as part of the $5 Fill Up menu, the Loaded Potato Bowl (review) features mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hand-breaded and diced extra crispy chicken tenders, and […]

  2. Roger says:

    The potato bowl w/ some slight other flavors added sounds like a major disappointment. When at KFC, I get the 3 tenders Fillup version and dip/scoop the chicken into the mashed potatoes-gravy. Often dip the biscuit too.

  3. Nate D says:

    I used to eat the original Bowl of Doom (or whatever they called it) sometimes, but the “bacon cheese sauce” is a bridge too far.

  4. Bekah says:

    Oh no. Just no. That corn just floating in there… ugh.

  5. Matt says:

    It looks like your bowl may have been made incorrectly. The bacon cheese sauce looks to be the white sauce over the top of the presentation, and it looks like your KFC also added regular gravy by accident.

  6. Justin ST says:

    I loved mine. 9/10.

  7. AK says:

    Well if KFC has green onions now, Taco Bell can bring em back, pretty please

  8. Brad says:

    Maybe it wasn’t that good because someone diarrheaed in it

  9. Ed H says:

    Looks like the bowl in a potable toilet at a country music festival. No thanks, KFC go away.

  10. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This just looks nasty and unappealing.

  11. bigMOMA says:

    I wonder if most people order off the dollar menu at fast food places, or do they buy the specialty items like this?

  12. Doug says:

    That looks nasty. Run for the toilet.

  13. name says:

    I want a failure pile in a sadness bowl.

  14. Chris W says:

    Mine had actual bacon bits in it so I think you got the wrong sauce. Mine also had plenty of chicken.

  15. DuhMe says:

    I wish they made these with breakfast potatoes or some other kind of potato besides mashed. Ugh. I don’t think I could eat this with the way it looks in this picture even if my eyes were closed.

  16. Alek says:

    Maybe they could had done a loaded potato skins bowls with their wedges. Make sense right? Ditch the bacon sauce, replace with actual bacon, then 3 cheese blend.

  17. Sascha says:

    Had one today, and it turns out I like it more than the original bowl. The main problem I always ran in to with the bowl is not enough gravy to last all the potatoes, but with the additional bacon sauce (which I liked quite a lot) gave me enough wet stuff to last to the bottom of the bowl. Yes, I do wish there were some bacon bits in here, but in addition to the sauce, not as a replacement for it. 6.50/10

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