Back in late April to early May, KFC Marinated in Tabasco Sauce was a new menu item available for a limited time. We may have shocked ourselves with the number of calories in KFC, but we’re always ready to try new things even if it’s in moderation.
According to KFC, the chicken is marinated for a minimum of 24 hours to trap in the spices of Tabasco sauce to provide ‘a fresh, sizzling and punchy hit that really brings the heat’. If this promised heat wasn’t enough, each meal comes with the cutest blister pack of Tabasco Sauce.
An overwhelming smell of capsicum — or a red bell pepper — confuses D and me as we open the box. We were expecting the vinegary heat of Tabasco sauce. On tasting, the flavour of capsicum persists strongly on the batter, which is much crispier than normal. Unfortunately, the chicken itself has no trace of Tabasco flavour, tasting just like unseasoned chicken with no suggestion either in colour or taste that it had been marinated in Tabasco sauce at all, let alone 24 hours or even the signature spices of ordinary KFC.
KFC promised a ‘punchy hit that really brings the heat’ but this is less spicy than Wicked Wings, which rank below KFC’s annual Hot & Spicy run. Perhaps we tried a dud batch?
KFC Marinated in Tabasco Sauce appeared on KFC menus in Sydney, Australia during April to May 2017.