We’re diving fork-first into a copycat KFC bowl recipe that’s about to put Colonel Sanders on notice. Crispy chicken? Check. Velvety mashed potatoes? Double check. Corn, cheese, and a whole lot of finger-licking satisfaction? You better believe it. So, buckle up, kitchen adventurers, because we’re about to whip up a bowl of comfort that’ll make you wonder why you ever waited in a drive-thru line. Let’s get cluckin’!
Why You’ll Love This KFC Copycat
- Easiest Dinner Ever: All of these ingredients are pre made which makes it super simple to whip up!
- 5 Ingredients: That’s right, just five simple ingredients!
- Perfect Copycat Recipe: This super simple dinner is almost identical to the KFC version.
I absolutely love eating out. There’s something about fast food that just makes it oh-so appealing. One of my go-to places, mainly due to nostalgia as it was a go-to whenever we visited our grandparents, has to be Kentucky Fried Chicken. Something about that crispy fried chicken just pulls you and and screams comfort. When they came out with the KFC chicken bowls I was immediately hooked.
Imagine the irresistible combo of crispy, golden fried chicken, velvety mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and a sprinkle of melty cheese. It’s like a comfort food symphony that hits all the right notes. Turns out, making one at home can be super quick and easy, thanks to the use of some go-to quick prep.
KFC Chicken Bowl Ingredients
- Mashed Potatoes: Can you use homemade mashed potatoes for this recipe? Absolutely. When I have the time I whip up fresh, but for those super busy nights I like pre made potatoes. You can find store brand versions but we really like the Bob Evan’s potatoes.
- Gravy: Here’s another one that can either be homemade or a packet. The packets are so super simple that it makes it hard to resist. They’re also only around $1 which is super budget friendly.
- Corn: Canned or frozen will work for this quick dinner idea.
- Chicken: Pick your favorite frozen chicken nugget. We really like Just Bare chicken. It’s on the healthier side and gives you a near identical crisp to the KFC chicken. You can’t even tell a difference.
- Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese offers the perfect finish to the bowl.
Homemade KFC Bowls
- PREP: Gather the ingredients and read over the instructions for any of the pre made products.
- HEAT: Heat each of the ingredients according to the package. I suggest using the oven or air fryer for the chicken and not the microwave if you want that crunchy finish.
- STACK: Layer your ingredients into a serving dish. Start with the mashed potatoes, a layer of gravy and corn, and finishing with the cheese and chicken.
- ENJOY: That’s it! Your quick dinner is ready to enjoy and fill your belly with that ultimate comfort meal.
- Air Fryer: I prefer to cook any of our frozen chicken in an air fryer (affiliate). It gives you such a great fresh and crispy finish that is truly unbeatable.
- Whisk: I’m obsessed with this silicone whisk set (affiliate). It gets into every corner of the pan and won’t scrape away any non stick coating.
- Containers: If you don’t have a set of meal prep containers (affiliate) for your leftovers, I highly recommend you check these out. We are way more likely to eat leftovers if they are already stored in individual portions.
Pick a quality frozen chicken nugget and use the air fryer to cook it! The oven works in a pinch, but ditch the microwave.
Bob Evans mashed potatoes are spot on to the classic KFC mash, but if you are going to make homemade potatoes boil your spuds until they’re fork-tender, then mash ’em up with butter and a splash of cream for that indulgent KFC touch.
Totally! Get creative with extra toppings like crispy bacon bits, chopped scallions, or even some zesty hot sauce for that personalized flair.
Oh, the choices! Coleslaw, green beans, or a simple side salad can all add a refreshing crunch to balance out the richness.
Homemade KFC bowls can be kept in the fridge for around 3-4 days. Just store them in an airtight container to maintain that deliciousness.
Copycat KFC Bowls
- 1 (24oz) container mashed potatoes heated according to the package directions
- 2 (.87oz) packets brown gravy packet prepared according to the package
- 1 (15oz) can of corn drained and heated
- 24oz bag of frozen popcorn chicken or chicken chunks cooked according to the package
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat the container of mashed potatoes according to the package, or make homemade. Divide between five bowls.
- Divide the gravy over the top of each bowl, using more or less to taste.
- Add corn, cooked chicken, and cheese onto each bowl.
- That’s it! Your quick dinner is ready to enjoy and fill your belly with that ultimate comfort meal.