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KFC Smash'd Potato Bowls join the chain's expanding bowl lineup

The latest innovation pairs fries and mashed potatoes with cheese sauce, bacon and more cheese.
KFC Smash'd Potato bowl
The new KFC Smash'd Potato Bowl expands the chain's options for grab-and-go guests. | Photo courtesy of KFC.

KFC’s Smash’d Potato Bowls, the latest riff on the chain’s Famous Bowls, launched on the menu in Pittsburgh locations for a limited time.  

The newest bowl pairs KFC’s Secret Recipe Fries and mashed potatoes with a warm cheese sauce, bacon crumbles and a three-cheese blend. The LTO sells for $3.49, but customers can add five fried chicken nuggets to the bowl for an extra $2.

KFC introduced first Famous Bowl back in 2006, combining mashed potatoes and gravy for the base, then layering on sweet corn, bite-size chunks of crispy chicken and the same three-cheese blend to make a convenient grab-and-go meal.

The bowls have since come back in several iterations, including the Spicy Famous Bowl—the same ingredients flavored with KFC’s Nashville Hot sauce.

In 2019, the Louisville, Ky.-based chain changed up the ingredients with the debut of Mac & Cheese Bowls as a limited-time offer. Instead of potatoes, this version tops mac and cheese with pieces of crispy chicken and the three-cheese blend. Heat seekers had the option of adding Nashville Hot sauce for extra zing.

KFC, long a bone-in chicken specialist, continues to add more portable options to the lineup. The KFC Chicken Sandwich rolled out nationally in 2021, joining the competitive “chicken sandwich wars” with an entry featuring a double-breaded, extra crispy chicken breast filet layered with thicker pickles and mayo on a toasted brioche bun.

And this past March, the chain launched Kentucky Fried Chicken Nuggets systemwide after a successful test run in 2022.

During the pandemic, buckets of bone-in chicken were an easy, inexpensive way to feed a housebound family, but now consumers are back to eating on the go. A bowl, sandwich or box of nuggets meets that demand.

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