#FastFoodFriday: KFC Boneless Chicken Steak: It’s Like Shrooms Burger Except No Buns


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If you’ve been keeping up with fast food news, then you’d know about KFC’s boneless chicken steak.

Which, of course, you’d know if you read about it on Goody Feed.

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Image: KFC

The unique dish is going at S$8.95 for the O.R. Chicken steak, gravy/sauce, cheese fries and a drink.

And some of you might be confused, of course, by the word ‘steak’.

Steak? Cutlet? Chop?

Simi is chicken steak? Not chicken cutlet meh?

So let me explain:

There’s this dish called Chicken fried steak in the US, and it looks like this:

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Image: Wikimedia Commons

That is actually beef. The reason why it’s called Chicken Fried Steak is that it is fried like how Fried Chicken is made, but it’s a steak, so it’s Chicken Fried Steak.

Then you add in a basic cream sauce, similar to a Bechamel sauce, to become the signature Chicken Fried Steak.

So now, what if you now make a brown sauce instead? Well, then it’s called a Country Fried Steak.

Then, what if you replace the Chicken Fried Steak with chicken instead?

Uh… isn’t that just fried chicken then?

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Wrong. It’s Chicken Fried Chicken. Don’t ask me why, since they are the only developed country not using metric. So the answer would be because America.

How It Looks

Anyway, this is what the actual chicken looks like:

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With the brown sauce by the side:

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Hold up, since that is brown doesn’t that mean that this is now Country Chicken Fried Chicken?

My head hurts at this point, but let’s just say that KFC isn’t the best example to follow for accurate dish names.

So let’s eat

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I’m usually supposed to pour the gravy over, but we’re playing by our own rules here.

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The meat looks tender, and the skin very lightly battered. Just as I remember from the Original Recipe. Still crispy, and not heavily battered like what most people prefer and what you see nowadays. A preference thing here.

Then a dip into the gravy.

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But then I realised something: if people start eating this, doesn’t this mean that KFC has to change their slogan?

Fork Lickin’ Good? Forking Good?

As if the Colonel didn’t hate KFC enough already. So here’s what the Colonel actually said about KFC’s chicken after he sold the franchise to the corporations:

“My God, that gravy is horrible. They buy tap water for 15 to 20 cents a thousand gallons and then they mix it with flour and starch and end up with pure wallpaper paste. And I know wallpaper paste, by God, because I’ve seen my mother make it. … There’s no nutrition in it and they ought not to be allowed to sell it. … a crispy recipe is nothing in the world but a damn fried doughball stuck on some chicken.”

Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I’m not the colonel so I can’t tell you how much does the current one taste like wallpaper paste.

A Basic Rehash

But I can say this. It tastes exactly like what I said in the title; like KFC Shrooms Burger, but without the shrooms and without the buns, but twice as big.

It’s KFC O.R. meets mashed potato gravy, without the hassle. Just a repackaging effort rather than an inventive new product.

To be honest, at $8.95, I’d rather just buy from my nearby kopitiam western.

Sure, they give you a Coke, but we’re all for that #nosugar life and going for plain water right?

Plus, honestly, the kopitiam uncle probably needs my business more than the millionaire executives over at KFC tricking people into buying the same products with different permutations.

Then again, it’s just the taste of classic corporate KFC, so it’s nothing to complain or be excited about here.

Rating: 2.5/5

Here’s a future KFC product prediction with the same rehashing method: Coleslaw fried chicken burger. Maybe call it the creamy crunch burger or something.

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