How to Make the KFC Famous Bowl of Chicken Goodness

How to Make the KFC Famous Bowl of Chicken Goodness

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Do you love the KFC Famous Bowl of chicken goodness, but don’t always love the price? Well, now you can make your own version of this popular dish right at home! Not only will we show you how to create a KFC Famous Bowl that is just as delicious as the original, but we will help you save all of the extra cost. So get ready to enjoy this tasty meal!

How to Make the KFC Famous Bowl of Chicken Goodness

History of Kentucky Fried Chicken

As far as the restaurant goes, it has been offering up crispy chicken goodness since January 1st of 1952. KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken as it was originally called, is the brainchild of Colonel Harland Sanders. He started selling his fried chicken from a roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky and the rest is history as he discovered the concept of franchising.

Where the fast food industry was mainly dominated by hamburger, this chicken concept literally brought something new to the table.

In the early 1970s, a series of corporate sales happened, which led to the brand being under the PepsiCo label.

KFC has faced it’s challenges

From the year the Avian flu hit that led to an over 40% drop in sales across the board to the release of movies like Supersize Me that implied a less than ethical sourcing of their chickens KFC is back and thriving. KFC has been around for over a century because they have the perfect recipe to be successful in their industry and keep trying new things on the KFC menu.

What Makes KFC Famous Bowl So Good?

The KFC bowl has several different ingredients: mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cheese, chicken chunks, and KFC’s signature “crispy” coating.

This KFC-inspired recipe will recreate all of those flavors, but for a fraction of the cost.

One KFC Famous Bowl typically costs around $7, but this version will only set you back about $2 or so to make.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Since mashed potatoes are the base of a KFC Famous Bowl, you might want to know how to make them from scratch. Yes, you can use a box of instant potatoes (just follow the package instructions) to make your bowls of comfort food goodness, but homemade spuds really take it to the next level.


  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (You will need about two pounds)
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Butter or Margarine


Wash your potatoes and then peel them. Cut the potatoes into small pieces so they will cook faster. Place the potatoes in a pot of boiling water and add salt. Cook for 15 minutes over medium heat or until the potatoes are tender. Drain off all of the water, then add milk and butter to taste. Using a potato masher, mash up your potatoes until you have them mashed to your liking.

You can also make your mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot: Super Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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What Aldi finds are you going to use:

Aldi Gold Bag Chicken – Honey Battered Breast Tenders – This 48-ounce bag of breaded fillets with rib meat would make enough for the entire family and currently sells for about $6.99. This is one of my favorite new finds on the freezer shelves of the frozen food section.

Mashed potatoes – You can use a boxed mix or make them from scratch

Chicken gravy – you can use brown gravy in a pinch. Canned homestyle gravy would work also. Any kind of delicious gravy you enjoy.

Whole kernel corn – I use a can here, but you could use frozen, just thaw it out first

Shredded cheddar cheese – we like cheddar or a cheddar and Monterey jack cheese blend

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How do you cook Aldi Gold Bag Chicken?

First of all, these are fully cooked so you really only need to heat them up. The instructions allow for both oven and microwave heating, with the microwave being the faster of the two options. I would skip the air fryer as this chicken is already cooked.

To bake, you first preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put a silicone baking mat or piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet and then place the tenders on a single layer on a baking sheet, then cook for 4 minutes, turn, and cook for 4-6 minutes longer until heated through. I find that if I don’t layer the baking sheet first that the chicken tends to stick to the baking sheet.

As for the microwave, the more you do at a time, the longer it will take to cook them.

  • 3 tenders cook 40-50 seconds
  • 6 tenders cook 1 minute to 1 minute 10 seconds
  • 9 tenders cook 1 minute 30 seconds to 1 minute 40 seconds
  • 12 tenders cook 1 minute 40 seconds to 1 minute 50 seconds

I like this option if I just want to heat a few up to dip in honey mustard as an appetizer or something.

How do you store leftover KFC Bowl Chicken?

We wrap it up in plastic wrap or in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will keep for a few days, but I like to eat it all within 24 hours if possible. We usually eat this over rice or with noodles, so we use those leftovers as well!

How do you reheat leftovers of a KFC Copycat Bowl?

We put it in the microwave on medium power for about a minute and a half, stirring halfway through. If it’s not hot enough when we take it out, we’ll put it back in for another 15-30 seconds. We’ve never had any complaints!

Do I have to use Gold Bag Chicken for this recipe?

In a pinch, you could totally use the red bag chicken nuggets, but I love the smooth batter on each piece of chicken in the gold bag – I just think it makes for a more polished look on your finished dish – kind of turning it from a homemade meal into a restaurant-worthy classic.

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Aldi Gold Bag Copycat Recipe for the KFC Bowl

Just look at these easy ingredients:

KFC Chicken Bowls Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Aldi Gold Honey Breast Tenders
  • 6 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken gravy
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • Shredded cheese

Preparation Instructions:

Bake the crispy chicken strips per package directions. The cook time will depend on if you pop it in the oven, use your air fryer basket, or even try the microwave.

How to make Honey Lemon Chicken:

Place one cup of prepared mashed potatoes in a bowl

mashed potato bowl

Sprinkle on the canned corn

A corn and mashed potato bowl

Add about 6 pieces of chicken tenders on top of the sweet corn layer

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Pour on the gravy

KFC Bowl Copycat

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese

Garnish with parsley

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Serve & enjoy!

Are you going to try this easy dinner recipe for a KFC Famous Bowl? Let us know in the comment section!

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How to Make the KFC Famous Bowl of Chicken Goodness

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This Kock off version of the KFC Famous Chicken Bowl will have your family enjoying comfort food before you can drive to your local KFC and buy one!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 bag Aldi Gold Honey Breast Tenders
  • 6 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken gravy
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • Shredded cheese
  • Parsley for garnish


    Bake chicken tenders per bag instructions

    Place one cup of prepared mashed potatoes in a bowl

    Sprinkle on the canned corn

    Add about 6 pieces of chicken tenders on top of the sweet corn layer

    Pour on gravy

    Sprinkle with cheddar cheese

    Garnish with parsley


    You can use instant potatoes or make them from scratch - you can also make your own gravy or use what comes from a jar.

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