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KFC Rain Check Arrives To Replace The Oprah Coupon

KFC Rain CheckAs you may recall, I wrote about on May 5th, that Oprah Winfrey was partnering up with Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC to offer coupons for a free Grilled Chicken meal to celebrate the nationwide launch of KFC’s new Grilled Chicken. (Click here to read that blog entry.) The coupons caused a frenzy and basically became a nightmare for KFC and Oprah Winfrey. KFC shut down the redeeming of the coupons and began collecting them along with mailing information for each customer presenting them so that they could mail them a “Rain check” voucher which would now include a Pepsi where the original offer didn’t include a beverage. And on May 8th I reported about the very rude KFC employee I encountered when I presented my coupon. (Click here to read the blog entry for that.)

Considering how rude the employee at the Poway KFC that I went to with my original coupon was, I was beginning to have my doubts that I was going to receive my rain check as I was supposed to. I just didn’t trust that the store was going to send in the coupons to the main office they said they would and just when I was beginning to feel that my wait had been a bit excessive and I was starting to think about writing a complaint letter to the company, my rain check voucher showed up in the mail.

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Oprah / KFC Coupons Not Honored By Rude KFC Employees

Oprah KFC BucketAfter what a complete pain in the rear it was to even get a copy of the coupon in the first place, now KFC had decided to not honor the coupons at all. Instead what they are doing is having you exchange the coupon for a rain check form where you can attach the original coupon and mail it in, or give it to the store manager and they will send it in for you, and KFC will mail you a new coupon, that not only has the original deal, but this time includes a free Pepsi beverage.

As I mentioned in my blog post the other day about the process of getting a coupon in the first place, this cluster fuck has basically turned into a public relations nightmare, because not only were some locations (mostly franchisee locations) refusing to honor the coupons (fair enough, coupon does say participating locations), but the company pulls the plug on them despite the May 19th expiration date. And that doesn’t even include how angry the PETA folks that are all about animal abuse are at Oprah Winfrey for even being involved in such a giveaway. Just goes to show you can’t please everyone all of the time.

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Oprah Winfrey Presents A Free KFC Grilled Chicken Meal

KFC Grilled ChickenToday Oprah Winfrey partnered up with Kentucky Fried Chicken to offer the nation a 2-piece Grilled Chicken Meal with 2 side items for free. The catch is you have to download the coupon today between 9:00 am and 9:59 pm Central time. The coupon remains valid everyday until the 19th with the exception of May 10th due to Mother’s Day. (Do you really want to treat your mother to KFC for Mother’s Day?)

The information about the promotion is available at Oprah’s site by clicking here. The promotion originally required visitors to download the coupon by first going to UnthinKFC.com and it would provide a link to Coupons.com where it would allow you to print a single coupon that’s individualized with a barcode so each coupon could only be used once. Well the site powering it requires the installation of a proprietary coupon printing software so you can’t save the coupon, but only print it immediately.

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KFC’s Kentucky Grilled Chicken Goes National

KFC Grilled ChickenFinally everyone in the United States has a chance to try the amazing grilled chicken that Kentucky Fried Chicken has been test marketing in San Diego and a few other select cities for the last year. As I wrote in my original blog post on February 19th, 2009 (click here to read it) the Kentucky Grilled Chicken is incredibly good. So good, that I just haven’t gone back to the fried chicken, and in the couple of months since that original blog post, I’ve gone back for a bucket of the grilled chicken at least once every couple of weeks.

In fact, I’ve been frustrated a couple times when I’ve gone for a bucket and they didn’t have enough pieces for a full bucket and despite their offers to add additional pieces of the fried varieties, I just want the grilled chicken. I went home with half buckets instead. The grilled chicken is wonderful. It’s completely guilt free too. There is no breading on the chicken, it’s marinated and prepared with the same 11 herb and spice secret recipe just without the batter, and its just delicious.

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KFC Grilled? – Kentucky Fried Chicken Goes Grilled

KFC Grilled ChickenI recently took an opportunity to try Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Grilled Chicken, and was absolutely amazed at how incredibly good it was. Part of the reason for giving it a try is because of the running program I have been doing since the start of December and I was tired of fixing my own meals. I needed a little break from the routine.

I occasionally like to have a meal at KFC about once every two to three months and so this time instead of having the Original Recipe Chicken as a guilty pleasure. I decided to get the Grilled Chicken meal and replace the standard sides with corn on the cob and baked beans for as reasonably healthy a meal as possible.

The meal was really, really good. I was expecting the chicken to be dry, but it was quite the opposite, it was very juicy and flavorful. It tastes nothing like the Original Recipe Chicken, as the chicken isn’t breaded. According to a press release regarding the Grilled Chicken, the chicken (in marketing speak) “is marinated and seasoned with a savory blend
of secret herbs and spices and then grilled to juicy perfection.” I’m sure probably the same herbs and spices they have in their secret recipe are used on the chicken, but they’re put right on the chicken itself. It was amazing. The corn on the cob was also delicious, I haven’t had corn on the cob in years, it tasted incredibly fresh and was so hot in the foil wrap. I’m not usually a fan of beans, but the baked beans were a great addition to the meal that tasted good too. It tasted too good to be a healthy meal.

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