Kentucky Fried Chicken, better known as KFC, is the second-largest fast-food restaurant chain in the world with more than 18,870 locations in 118 countries and territories worldwide (December 2013). No wonder KFC is always on the lookout for new items to add to their menu that will balance international and local tastes perhaps even beating McDonald’s for the top position.
Among the latest KFC specials with this purpose in mind is the $5 Fill-up Meals, which was first introduced in May 2015 but continues to be offered today. KFC markets the meal deals as a quick, affordable and tasty food that you can order at all times of the day and night, not to mention that it provides variety, quality and value that the brand has always strived for since its founding in March 1930.
During the launch of the meal deals, Colonel Sanders himself was present in a few of the events. One of these events was at the YouTube FanFest at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario where Colonel Sanders gave away free KFC Fill-up gift vouchers. Other launching events included gas station distribution of the vouchers and an online contest on social media with high-end prizes at stake.
Today, the $5 Fill-up Meals are still being offered with consumers lapping up the four choices, all of which are obviously priced at $5 each package. Each package comes in KFC’s self-touted, world-famous bowl coupled with dessert and drink.
Your four choices are:
- Extra crispy tenders with larger mashed potatoes and dipping sauce, cookie, biscuit, and medium-sized drink.
- Crispy chicken breast with larger mashed potatoes, cookie, biscuit, and medium-sized drink.
- Delicious pot pie with cookie and medium drink.
- Tasty two pieces of chicken (thigh and drumstick) with larger mashed potatoes, cookie, biscuit, and medium-sized drink.
Your choice will depend on your cravings at the moment but one thing’s for sure – you will enjoy a filling meal without emptying all the contents of your pockets. You can even bring along a friend to enjoy the meal with you for, indeed, a meal enjoyed by two people becomes even more delicious.
You also have the choice of the $20 Family Fill Up, among the popular KFC specials, too. For just $20, you and your group will get 8 pieces of crispy chicken, a large bowl of coleslaw, mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits. As the company says it, the $20 Family Fill Up meal deal is how unconditional love tastes like although you will probably dispute it.
In all menu specials offered by KFC, its pressure-fried, on-the-bone chicken seasoned with the secret Colonel Sanders Original recipe consisting of 11 herbs and spices is the star. While most of the preparation steps for its world-famous finger-licking good fried chicken is a company secret, you can easily access a few fun facts through keen observation.
For example, you can choose from drumsticks, thighs, and wings for your chicken meal. Your fried chicken undergoes a meticulous process to ensure its crispiness, freshness, and delicious quality. Based on various sources, the chicken part is:
- Hand-breaded with a wheat flour mix for 2 to 4 minutes
- Pressure-fried for 7 to 10 minutes at 185 degrees Celsius (i.e., apparently, the number of minutes varies between countries for undisclosed reasons). The frying oil used in this step varies between countries, too, but the most common are sunflower, rapeseed, soybean, and palm oil. The taste will vary depending on the oil used, not to mention that the taste of the chicken meat itself will vary depending on whether live animal was fed with a corn-based or a wheat-based diet.
- Placed in the warming oven before serving to the customers. KFC has a strict policy of not serving fried chicken beyond its 90-minute sell point to ensure freshness.
All KFC locations also offer its diners a wide range of salads and sides to complement its chicken-based menu. These include French fries, barbecue baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, mashed potato, American biscuits, and bread rolls as well as salads like garden salad, Caesar salad, and bean salad.
Regional menu variations also exist within the worldwide franchise. For example, rice-based dishes including congee are sold in most Asian restaurants while chicken meatball soup is a favorite in Malaysia. Instead of the usual French fries in most fast-food joints, potato wedges are sold in the United States and Greece. Even the drinks vary between regional locations from the usual Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola to the local Inca Kola in Peru and RC Cola in Aruba.