Friday, October 17, 2008

We've been friends for oh so long

Even though most of you I have never met. I think by now many of you already know my quirks in the kitchen. My likes, dislikes, rants and raves.

You know I tend to bake and not fry.
You know I'm partial to chicken.
You know I tend to go for easy over fancy.

Which is why this new KFC commercial drives me BONKERS. Maybe you've seen it? A family goes to the supermarket with the plan to try and make dinner for under $10. They can't do it. It's IMPOSSIBLE! So they go to KFC. Seriously? SERIOUSLY???? You can't make dinner for under $10? You don't already own flour? There are no spices in your house? What did you eat yesterday? Look, I get that eating out for some is a way of life. Not everyone likes to cook and it is quick - but DON'T try to tell me the reason you eat out is because it's cheaper.

In discussing this on my cooking board, my favorite comment in response to this commercial came from Catarina:

"when comparing the cost of cooking vs dining out, i also like to take into account the health factor.

like: eating at home, fake-fried chicken (baked, less fat, etc.) = $20 (or however much), but eating at KFC = $10 plus $100/month for high cholesterol meds from 45+"

My reaction to this commercial is to make my very own KFC (Kate's Frito Chicken) and show just how cheap this meal can be.

Chicken drumsticks: $3.00 for a pack of 5 drumsticks

nonfat plain yogurt: already had in the house, free

Fritos: $1.29 for a bag

chili powder: already had at home, free

salt: already had in the house, free

macaroni and cheese: leftover from earlier this week, free

So total cost for this dinner? $4.29

KFC (Kate's Fried Chicken)
  • 4 drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed Fritos
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spread yogurt on drumsticks.
  2. In a small bowl, combine fritos, chili powder, and a dash of salt.
  3. Roll chicken in mixture.
  4. Grease a shallow baking dish and lay chicken in the dish. Bake for 40 minutes until chicken is crispy.
Calories 116.0
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 47.7 mg
Sodium 99.7 mg
Potassium 140.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 13.9 g


  1. mmmm....I like that you used Fritos. I use Bran flakes, but the Fritos sound YUMMY!!

  2. love your version of kfc! am sure it tasted better & I know it would be better for you :-). just a quick question tho, what are frito's? thanks! (I'm guessing chips)

  3. Thanks for helping to prove that cooking at home is not only cheaper, but healthier too. : ) This recipe looks great!

  4. i HATE that KFC commercial almost more than that stupid secret commercial where she's walking through the city with her arms raised (even sniffing her pit at one point).

  5. I have never used fritos as a coating but that's genius. Fritos are the best. Do they still make bbq fritos? Those are my favorite but I never see them any more. Probably a good thing.

  6. The husband and I were just talking about this commercial. He's convinced he can make KFC-like chicken for under $10. By the way, your version sounds good! Ooo, love the bbq Fritos suggestion too!

  7. That commercial got to me, too. I am loving the Fritos idea! Sounds so good.

  8. LOL @ that horrid KFC commercial. Go you for making a fabulous meal to prove them wrong! :)

  9. Oh my word this sounds amazing. Love Fritos!! I think I have some too in my pantry. Yay!

  10. That commercial drives me nuts too! Even if I needed to buy the ingredients it would still work out to be cheaper overall for the multiple meals I could make from everything I purchased. Sheesh KFC!

  11. butter and baked chicken? yes please!

  12. I hate that it's impossible to have dinner for under $10....