NEW YORK — KFC is stripping out the bones to make it easier for people to eat its chicken. The Louisville-based fast-food chain is introducing deep-fried boneless chicken pieces on April 14 as an alternative to its traditional breast, thigh and drumstick pieces.
The new offering reflects the growing popularity of nuggets and strips that are easier to eat on the go. KFC says nearly four out of five servings of fried chicken in the United States are now boneless.
Based on customer trends, the company says chicken with bones could eventually be pushed off its menu.
The new boneless, skinless pieces are about twice the size of KFC's crispy strips and come in white or dark meat. Customers can order them as meal deals, which include two pieces, a side, a biscuit and a drink for $4.99. They also come in buckets, which include four pieces of boneless chicken and six pieces of chicken with bones for $14.99. The boneless chicken option costs the same as the regular fried chicken.
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A piece of the boneless white meat has 200 calories and 8 grams of fat. A dark meat piece has 250 calories.
Spokesman Rick Maynard said it took two to three years to develop its version of boneless chicken, which he said performed strongly in test markets including Oklahoma City and Omaha last year. He said the new boneless pieces will also replace the chicken filets used in sandwiches.