KFC's New Pickle-Fried Chicken Will Leave You Dill-irious

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Three things in life are guaranteed: death, taxes, and KFC making finger-lickin' good chicken.

The iconic restaurant chain is known for its secret seasoning mix, which has 11 herbs and spices. But for the past little while, KFC has been trying to branch out when it comes to the products they offer.

For example, they came out with KFC gravy cocktails which were...definitely an experiment.


Each of the three cocktails contained real KFC gravy, though they probably shouldn't have.

Then there was the KFC bath bomb which smells like fried chicken. I don't know about you, but I've never left a warm bath wishing that I smelled more like fried chicken.


Just a few weeks ago, the famous chicken creators announced they were coming out with vegetarian fried chicken in an effort to keep up with the "latest changes in lifestyle and dining habits of customers." This idea is still in the works, but it really doesn't sound like a horrible idea.

Neither does KFC's most recent introduction, which is their new Pickle-Fried Chicken.

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“People are crazy about pickles, and pickle-flavored products are becoming today’s trendiest menu item,” said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer for KFC U.S., in a release. “Pickles and fried chicken are a match made in heaven, with tastemakers everywhere pairing these flavors. Our guests have been clamoring for more pickles – especially since we launched the Crispy Colonel Sandwich™ — so we’re giving them what they want by coating our Extra Crispy™ Chicken with a mouthwatering pickle sauce that delivers a craveable punch of pickle in every bite!”

The pickle option can be applied to the Crispy Colonel Sandwich, Extra Crispy Tenders, Chicken Littles, or Extra Crispy chicken selections.


According to KFC, the classic chicken is "coated in pickle sauce" which "features onion and garlic notes, buttermilk and a white and black pepper blend — a combination that is sure to satisfy even the ultimate foodie’s palate."

Emma Lord, a writer at Bustle, got to try the pickle-fried chicken and her review says it all.

Kate Taylor from Business Insider also got to try the new recipe.

Impressively, the pickle flavor is bold and vinegar-tinged, instead of overwhelming the taste tester with sourness. KFC's extra-crispy chicken proves to be a worthy base, with its craggy crunch pairing well with the pickle-flavored sauce and pickle toppings.

Pickle Fried Chicken isn't perfect. The pickle-forward dish is extremely salty, to the detriment of the chicken. And, if left sitting for too long, the pickle sauce can soften some of the extra-crispy crunch.

Pickle-fried chicken will be available starting on June 25 for a limited time while quantities last.

Not to take away from KFC's big announcement or anything, but we here at Shared kind of already did the whole "pickle chicken" thing. Meet: The Chickle.

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Pickle-fried chicken INSIDE of a dill pickle.

Now that's finger lickin' good.

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