KFC Handing Out More Free Chicken Next Monday

Looks like KFC found some more piles of grilled chicken in a closet somewhere, because next week they’ll hold their third grilled chicken giveaway this year. Their CEO promises that this time the event will be glitch free: all who desire a sample of grilled chicken will receive a sample of grilled chicken.

KFC’s latest freebie will be minus Oprah Winfrey’s star power from a May giveaway and, KFC President Roger Eaton promises, without the snafus when a free grilled chicken coupon on Oprah’s Web site overwhelmed the chain, with some stores running out of the meals.

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This time, things will be orderly and efficient, he promised. “We gear the shifts up so we make sure we’ve got the staffing, we make sure we’ve got the chicken,” Eaton said.

“KFC unveils another free-chicken offer” [Arizona Daily Star]
(Photo: kevinpoh)

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  1. H3ion says:

    Tastes like chicken.

  2. ExtraCelestial says:

    I bet Chris already has Tuesday morning’s story typed up. In fact, you could probably just use the previous ones and update the dates and locations as needed.

  3. impudence says:

    I love the photo that goes with this story

  4. Moosehawk says:

    Why can’t they just let it die? I feel like they’re going to do more harm than good with this one.

  5. GMFish says:

    Their CEO promises that this time the event will be glitch free…

    Except for restaurants that are not owned by KFC, and those that are in closed markets such as airports and turnpikes, and those that run out of grilled chicken, and those franchises that choose not to participate, etc.

    Massive fail in 3, 2, 1….

  6. Riff Raff says:

    Whoa, whoa! I don’t accept%

  7. laserjobs says:

    DAMN!!! My local KFC just got shut down for selling drugs with their chicken. What timing :-(

  8. Riff Raff says:

    OK, Consumerist commenting s

  9. dantsea says:

    Nothing keeps me away from any business better than a “get free stuff!” PR stunt. I don’t want the free stuff, I just want to buy something without having to stand in line behind all the gimmee-grabbers for an hour to do so.

  10. Thaddeus says:

    In future news: KFC has managed to anger customers a second time with a failed food give away.

  11. shepd says:

    For those of you who are from Soviet Canuckistan, you may enjoy your free boneless chicken filet on Sunday, November 1 between 2 and 4 pm.

    [www.newswire.ca]

    • Trai_Dep says:

      @shepd: Well, sure the Canadian KFCs are prepped and ready to go. With the local palate being more used to penguin meat and seal blubber, chickens aren’t as much in demand.
      (Harumph!)

    • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

      @shepd: Canadians just had their Thanksgiving and are off bird for a while. Americans are more cautious about celebrating Thanksgiving and wait until the harvest is actually all in the barn.

  12. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    It’s just one free piece of chicken. I wonder how many will lineup for just one piece without buying a meal at the same time.

  13. suburbancowboy says:

    KFC Grilled chicken is loaded with MSG and has Beef ingredients.

    When people think “Grilled Chicken” they think healthy. KFC knows this. That is why they have the product to begin with. Here are the ingredients:

    Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast, Beef Powder, Rendered Beef Fat, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added as Anticaking Agents

    Many people choose chicken because they don’t want beef in their diet. Many people would be upset to find out that the Chicken has beef in it.
    When I think “Grilled Chicken” I certainly don’t think “Rendered Beef Fat” and Monosodium Glutamate.

    This is not a healthy choice by any stretch of the imagination. The ingredients should be listed more clearly and easier to find at a Fast Food restaurant.

    If you go to the Nutrition Information page for the grilled chicken on KFC’s website ([www.kfc.com] ) the ingredients are not listed there. Only the calories, fat, sodium levels etc. are there. You have to navigate through the site to a pdf file [www.kfc.com] to actually find all of the ingredients for all of their products. The Grilled Chicken can be found on page 7.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @suburbancowboy: Blegh. Grilled chicken should be chicken, spices or a marinade for flavor, a little oil. That’s it. It shouldn’t have things you need a medical dictionary to define.

    • ecwis says:

      @suburbancowboy: Didn’t they just get rid of partially hydrogenated oils in their fried chicken. Kinda surprising that they would put it in their grilled chicken.

    • tbax929 says:

      @suburbancowboy:
      So fast food isn’t good for you. If you’re going to KFC looking for healthy food, you already fail.

      • suburbancowboy says:

        @tbax929 is just plain tbax929: That’s not the point. Most Americans do not eat healthy. Fast Food restaurants offer items that look like a “healthy alternative” to the normal items on the menu.

        Grilled Chicken has a perception of being healthier, and it generally is. But this is loaded with things that make it not exactly grilled chicken. It should be called “Grilled Chicken*”. And the ingredients list should be more readily available.

  14. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    They respond to lackluster sales and poor public reception by trying to force it on people again?

  15. Skankingmike says:

    So that means that there will be major traffic around all KFC locations.. And perhaps shootings?

    • Trai_Dep says:

      @Skankingmike: It’s chicken. So I think beheadings by frantic, axe-wielding farmer’s wives are the more traditional expectation.
      But geezus do I hate it when the victims run around headless for several minutes before collapsing in a heap. The clean-up afterwards takes hours.

    • RedwoodFlyer says:

      @Skankingmike: Not just that, but movie theater audiences will be pindrop silent next Monday!

  16. katia802 says:

    I want to know where the wheat flour comes in. Kinda scary for folks with allergys, the chicken looks like it’s not breaded….. It just looks greasy and nasty to me, never was tempted to give it a try personally. Only thing I like from KFC is the fact that our local one is twinned up with a taco bell.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @katia802: Just a guess. Flour is often used as a thickening agent, and if they put some kind of glaze on the chicken that might be it?

  17. nstonep says:

    KFC is indeed delicious. Not just that greasy fried chicken but the grilled stuff as well. Mmmm…just about time for lunch…mmmm

    • tbax929 says:

      @nstonep:
      I think KFC is the worst of the fried chicken fast food chains. I’ll take Popeyes and/or Church’s over KFC, unless it’s free!

  18. Tambar says:

    Great mental picture of a closet piled high w/ fried chicken pieces, its grease soaked into the carpet. Thanks for that.

  19. kherge says:

    “We gear the shifts up[...]“

    Is that a typo in the article or did he actual say that?

  20. RandomHookup says:

    @TinkishDelight: That was like 2 months ago. If I *were* a consumer of drugs and chicken, I wouldn’t be able to recall anything that far back.

  21. Kyattsuai says:

    Judging from the latest commercials, it’s like a thinly veiled scheme to have us endorse them – “sixty million people love grilled chicken” more like “sixty million people want free chicken regardless of quality”.

  22. Ayumi~n says:

    The day they gave out free chicken (unrelated to Oprah), it was so not an issue. It was just a free piece of chicken and caused no lines or riots or anything locally. The people at the KFC just wanted me to buy something in order to get a free piece (60 cent biscuit, yay) whereas my brother and sister in another area were given the piece of their choice along with a free biscuit.

  23. riverstyxxx says:

    Fool me once, shame on you…