As far as some people are considered, the crispy, crunchy skin is the best part of fried chicken — so KFC figured, why bother with the meat?
The chain recently added fried chicken skin to its menu, offering customers the opportunity to skip the breasts, thighs and drumsticks altogether in favor for just the crispy, deep-fried outsides.
Unfortunately, it’s right now only available at locations in Indonesia, and KFC has not announced plans to bring it to the US or UK.
Big news! KFC released fried chicken skin on the menu at locations in Indonesia
Exciting: Fried chicken skin was first announced on KFC Indonesia’s Twitter page
KFC Indonesia’s Twitter page first announced the new menu item in a tweet.
The tweet listed the six locations in the country — MT Haryono, Salemba, Cideng, Kemang, Kalimalang and Kelapa Gading — that would be featuring the chicken skins on the menu.
So far, reports on the flavor have been mixed. Some consumers have described the fried chicken skin as ‘too salty’ while other have said there isn’t enough seasoning to the product, The Sun reports.
But one consumer heaped on the praise for the new menu item and said ‘it tastes spicy savory’.
They continued: ‘It’s different to what you’d expect as it’s not the same as normal chicken skin, but the first bite is good. It’s really crisp and crunchy! I’ll definitely order again as a snack.’
Facebook users have also reported seeing the fried chicken skin on menus in Thailand, but KFC has not revealed any plans to bring the menu item west.
The fast-food chain recently made headlines for reports it was also considering creating a plant-based fried chicken for the menu.
Coming soon? The company has not revealed if it will bring the menu item to the US or UK
Yum: An LA-based food stand called Chick N’ Skin already sells fried chicken skin
These reports come after both McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A announced they were both considering plant-based alternatives for consumers, as the meat-free option grows more popular among the public.
Delicious: The company serves a variety of flavors for its fried chicken skin on the menu
Kevin Hochman, who heads KFC’s US division, revealed the company was in the ‘exploration phase right now’ when considering creating plant-based chicken for consumers.
He said KFC has no current plans to test the new option.
KFC is not the only company attempting to capitalize on consumers’ love of the fried chicken skin over the chicken itself, though.
A food stand in Los Angeles, California, called Chick N’ Skin serves a variety of fried chicken skin options.
According to Buzzfeed, the stand first launched in 2017 and operates at 626 Night Market. The company will also attend festivals and events in the Los Angeles area to further promote the product.
Not only does the food stand claim the chicken skin is a healthier snack alternative for people looking for some grease, but its website states the option is better for the environment because it encourages the food stand to use all parts of the chicken.