As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, the syn values of KFC’s new Riceboxes were the talk of many SW facebook groups and am in no doubt their sales would have spiked today; I too contributed to this to check them out.
Usually our Sunday lunch is a low syn veggie packed, lean-meat, gravy-ed roast, but what about the times when you’re too busy or feeling under the weather? Well I for one am pleased KFC show thought to those who want a healthy option; even if you watched their recent TV documentary, you’ll know they launched their Pulled Chicken in the Summer. I did however find it disappointed when I tried it and felt it was minimal and not very satisfying while I watched my fiance eat his Zinger Tower meal in green envy. Perhaps this was fed back by a few and now we have some more calorie controlled options with a little bit more of what you fancy… the crispy chicken!
The rice boxes took main stage, being featured in the centre of the menu board, displaying £4.99 if you would like a drink to avoid fries or upgrade by 50p for a side. I couldn’t resist and added a non-buttered cobette.
However, when I later got home to take a photo of our receipt, I noticed they’d overcharged me by 50p for the side. I can’t be bothered to complain over pennies due to staff error, but it did sting a little bit.
So getting to the main dish, I thought I should weigh it as a few reviewers complained it was a small box of disappointment. However, it felt heavy and weighed a total of 430g if you exclude the 20g box, so larger than many ready meals on the market.
I do disagree with many that claimed the white sauce was salty as instead, felt it was intensely sour for my liking but is needed with the amount of Zing in the Zinger. Because there was no bread to trap the hot spice, protecting the mouth, I found it incredibly hot in comparison so will next time order the Original recipe. Now there’s a statement I didn’t think I’d hear myself say.
And digging underneath, I rather liked the rice; it was full of flavour, filling and not boring in anyway. Yes, a similar dish can be made in advance for much less at home, but if you’re on the go and need a healthy fast food option, then this is a good option. I do however feel is is a bit on the expensive side, but cheaper than dining in a restaurant where you’re more likely to buy more drinks, teased by the dessert menu, pay tips, etc.
The Zinger rice box has apparently the highest syn value at 11 on Extra Easy and Green Days or 17 syns on a Red Day, but knew I wouldn’t appreciate the Pulled Chicken, having it previously in a different combination.
So yes, I would buy again and it’s refreshing to see healthy options from KFC but hopefully I won’t be overcharged next time! If you haven’t tried the other rice box options, then you’ll find them including syn information here.
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