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Kentucky Fried Chicken Bariatric Friendly Items

Bariatric Dieting

KFCKentucky Fried Chicken restaurants are known for their famous “Original Recipe” fried chicken. A recipe mastered by Colonel Harland Sanders, himself, the creator and owner of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken. Over the many decades KFC has been in business, they have flourished building the restaurant into a profitable franchise.

The franchise has grown their menu to include many different types of fried chicken recipes to homestyle sides including, biscuits, green beans, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. It is the ultimate comfort food.

Surprisingly, there are quite a few low calorie choices on the menu, packed with lean protein for bariatric patients1https://www.kfc.com/nutrition/full-nutrition-guide. So, what should you order at KFC after undergoing gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery? Which foods are bariatric friendly to post gastric and post bypass surgery patients?

KFC Grilled Chicken – Bariatric Friendly

Nutrition Facts Grilled Chicken Whole Wing Grilled Chicken Drumstick Grilled Chicken Thigh Grilled Chicken Breast Original Recipe Breast w/o Skin or Breading
Calories 80 90 170 220 160
Cal Fat 40 35 90 60 35
Fat 5 4 10 7 4
Carbs 1 0 0 0 2
Fiber 0 0 0 0 1
Sugar 0 0 0 0 0
Protein 10 13 19 40 31
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5

KFC Chicken Recipes – Bariatric Friendly

Nutrition Facts Original Recipe Chicken Drumstick Original Recipe Whole Wing Spicy Crispy Drumstick Spicy Crispy Whole Wing
Calories 120 120 160 170
Cal Fat 60 70 90 110
Fat 7 7 10 12
Carbs 3 3 5 6
Fiber 0 0 0 0
Sugar 0 0 0 0
Protein 11 11 11 11
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5

KFC Chicken Extras – Bariatric Friendly

Nutrition Facts Unsauced Kentucky Fried Wings Buffalo Kentucky Fried Wings Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders (1) Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders (2) Extra Crispy Chicken Drumstick KFC Liver KFC Gizzards
Calories 80 100 130 250 150 180 200
Cal Fat 54 63 60 120 90 90 100
Fat 6 6 7 13 10 10 11
Carbs 3 3 6 11 5 11 15
Fiber 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
Sugar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Protein 5 5 11 22 12 11 11
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

KFC Sides – Bariatric Friendly

Nutrition Facts House Salad with Marzetti Italian light dressing Side Cesar Salad No Dressing Green Beans

(Individual)

Corn on the Cob Macaroni and Cheese

(Individual)

Coleslaw (Individual)
Calories 30 40 25 70 140 170
Cal Fat 0 20 0 5 54 108
Fat 1 2 0 1 6 12
Carbs 5 2 5 17 17 14
Fiber 1 1 3 2 1 4
Sugar 3 1 1 3 2 10
Protein 1 3 1 2 5 1
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5

Sample Meal Selections: Bariatric Friendly KFC

Snacks

  1. Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders 1 or 2
  2. Original Recipe Chicken Breast without Skin and Breading

Lunch

  1. Grilled Chicken Drumstick and Corn and Cob
  2. Spicy Crispy Drumstick and Green Beans

Dinner

  1. Grilled Chicken Thigh and House Salad
  2. Original Recipe Chicken Drumstick and Original Recipe Chicken Whole Wing

Super Hungry

  1. Grilled Chicken Breast and Individual Macaroni and Cheese
Nutrition Facts Snacks:

Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders (1 or 2)

Snacks:

Original Recipe Chicken Breast w/o Skin and Breading

Lunch:

Grilled Chicken Drumstick and Corn On The Cob

Lunch

Spicy Crispy Drumstick and Green Beans

Dinner:

Grilled Chicken Thigh and House Salad

Dinner:

Original Recipe Chicken Drumstick and Whole Wing

Super Hungry:

Grilled Chicken Breast and Mac and Cheese

Calories 130-250 160 160 185 200 240 360
Cal Fat 60-120 35 40 90 90 130 114
Fat 7-13 4 5 10 11 14 13
Carbs 6-11 2 17 10 5 6 17
Fiber 1-2 0 2 3 1 0 1
Sugar 0 0 3 1 3 0 2
Protein 11-22 31 15 12 20 22 45
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

History of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Based in Louisville, Kentucky the KFC corporation, is an American based business that has a long history of success. Seventy years ago Colonel Harland Sanders created a secret recipe of herbs and spices, which he called his “original recipe”. The featured chicken recipe was so popular that he was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon.  The Original recipe would become world famous. KFC is the world’s most popular Chicken restaurant chain. KFC has locations in 140 countries and 23,000 outlets. 

KFC is also known for their foundations, independent nonprofit organizations that provide charitable support for KFC employees. Focused on education, hardship assistance and personal finance programs.

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