Fresh chicken makes the best fried chicken, so that’s what we use. A few of the steps to ensure the highest quality fresh chicken include having it delivered from US farms, and always inspecting each individual piece. You can read more about how we ensure freshness below.
In our efforts to convince folks that KFC doesn’t use mutant chickens, that we work hard to ensure our chicken-making process upholds the Colonel’s original standards, and that our chicken is free of added hormones or steroids (in accordance with federal regulations), it would be easy to assume that everyone knows our world-famous fried chicken on the bone is also fresh. But we don’t want to overlook any of your chicken-eatin’ questions! You see, we like to do things the Hard Way, which applies to everything—from debunking KFC myths to wearing white woolen suits no matter the temperature.How fresh is KFC chicken, you ask? This fresh:
- Our restaurants receive two to three deliveries of fresh chicken on the bone per week – no more than 5% frozen annually if needed for emergency supply availability.
- Our chicken comes from US farms and has to pass over 30 quality checks and USDA inspection before being delivered to our restaurants.
- Every day, our cooks inspect each individual piece of chicken before following an extensive, multistep process that includes hand-breading it in the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and pressure cooking it at a low temperature to create chicken that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Making the Colonel’s chicken requires working with the best ingredients, and fresh chicken is the foundation of that process. So yes, KFC is as fresh as it is finger lickin’ good.