KFC Secret Recipe Fries review

KFC Secret Recipe Fries

As we reported on just a couple days ago, KFC recently ditched their potato wedges in favor of this brand new French fry product on their side dishes menu. Intrigued, we had to sample them ASAP! First up the packaging makes no bones about the change over, the Secret Recipe name is branded front and center:

KFC Secret Recipe Fries top down
KFC Secret Recipe Fries top down
KFC Secret Recipe Fries plated
KFC Secret Recipe Fries plated

As you can see from the pictures the fries have an extra coating than a traditional fast food French fry. Presumably that’s where the secret herbs and spices live, but in truth I didn’t detect any materially powerful flavors. If anything I found the fries heavier and stodgier. I know some like this style of extra crisp, extra heavy fry, it’s not my favorite.

Indeed, the whole affair was a little of a chore to work through, the exterior coating makes proceedings that bit more drier than I like. Enter stage right then, some KFC gravy and a little ketchup. Make sure no ones watching and this “KFC poutine” makes things much more enjoyable.

KFC Secret Recipe Fries poutine style
KFC Secret Recipe Fries poutine style
KFC Secret Recipe Fries with gravy and ketchup
KFC Secret Recipe Fries with gravy and ketchup

So are the new KFC Secret Recipe Fries any good? Sadly they’re a pass for me. They’re too heavy, dry and stodgy. If I had the choice I’d spend the extra calories and dollars on an extra piece of fried chicken.

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Hi there, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you. I'm a food writer of more than 15+ years experience writing about food and drink in all its forms, fine dining through the to the grocery store. I've also got a secret obsession with fast food too. You can find my writing at places like Gastronomic SLC, Visit Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Stories, Utah Now Online and many others.