KFC stores in the Philippines have a new menu item that is blowing people’s minds: deep-fried chicken skins. A true highlight of eating KFC’s original recipe chicken is the skin, as it contains most of the good flavors of the 11 secret herbs and spices that make the chicken so unique. The product is a true celebration of KFC's goodness and grease.
It could be possible that this move is actually a creative effort to use all the ingredients left in the kitchen. If there are some extra parts that people won’t necessarily buy by themselves, taking the skin and frying it lessens the food waste produced. Especially with a recipe so good, it’s for sure a brilliant strategy to both minimize waste and maximize cost.
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The concept of the new menu item is a lot like another Filipino favorite: chicharrón. It’s basically something fatty that’s deep-fried and served as an appetizer. The fried skins will be retailing for 35 Pesos (about 0.60 USD) and are only available in selected branches for now. If the product is a success, then KFC Philippines could make it a staple for all stores across the country.
Growing up in the Philippines, KFC was always a treat to have. It tastes slightly different from stores in North America, as it is a bit saltier and has another layer flavor that I have not quite figured out yet. This fascination with KFC’s chicken skin has always been around when I lived in Manila. For example, one could back popcorn chicken-like snacks called Fun Shots that most bought for the crunchy skin—and one could also get them spicy (Hot Shots). The best aspect, however, in my opinion, is the gravy: it’s a lot thicker, more savoury, and for some reason, you can’t stop eating it. Most things on the menu, except for the chicken skins, were simply vehicles for gravy.
KFC as a global brand needs to cater to every country’s different tastes while keeping a consistent flavour as well. While this task is difficult, the company is able to continuously do so in creative ways. The Philippines will surely enjoy their new chicharrón option along with the amazing gravy.