KFC Famous Bowls Recipe (Copycat)


The KFC bowl is undoubtedly one of my favorite dishes along with the kfc coleslaw recipe we recently unleashed. If you’re like me you take comfort in indulging in the famous KFC bowls. It certainly is a guilty pleasure that people love for all obvious reasons. The bowls are delicious, just what our taste buds are asking for.

There’s sweetcorn, cheese, gravy, mashed potatoes, and crispy chicken – wonders from all different worlds, thrown into a single bowl. What could be more finger-licking good? All said about deliciousness, can you ignore that KFC bowls are not the healthiest choice one could think of? It’s important to know the calorie count first though. For this reason, we set out on a mission to create a much healthier copycat version.

KFC Bowl Calories

The KFC famous bowl is loaded with 26gms of protein, 34gms of fat, 79gms of carb, and a burgeoning count of 720 calories. Frankly speaking, it’s quite unhealthy. 

Now, here’s my take on this delicious bowl. Pretty cut back in calorie count and a guilt-free meal to chow down on, the KFC famous bowl recipe my style is a definite winner. The recipe includes 48 grams of protein, 22gms of fat, 52 grams of carb, and a total calorie of 600. 

Healthy KFC Bowl Alternative Recipe

The first carb element to tick off the list – Guess the ingredient? 

If you are mostly interested in low-carb recipes, you are certainly guessing it right. To throw out the ingredients that are loaded with carbs, you must say ‘No’ to our sweet, gold potatoes. I prefer switching it up with cauliflower. 

Although not the most exciting, the thought of substituting potatoes with cauliflower might seem strange. Believe it or not, but a creamy cauliflower mash is only as good as a time-honored mashed potato, sometimes, even better. Making sure it is ridiculously simple. Just add in rice, frozen cauliflower, and butter in a bowl. Season it with black pepper, and that’s all for your ingredients! Doesn’t this sound like a picnic? It indeed is! 

I hope at this point you are stoked with the idea of using cauliflower. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle just yet. I will certainly be sharing some healthier alternatives other than cauliflower. To know more, stay tuned and keep reading. 

How Make the KFC Famous Bowl

KFC Famous Bowl Recipe

4 from 3 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This low-calorie KFC famous bowl recipe is notches above your expectations. It is truly a blast of flavor and texture in your mouth. Try it first. 


  • Frozen cauliflower rice for the mash (12 Oz)

  • Light butter, almost two tablespoon

  • A whole kernel of corn – Make sure it is well-drained though

  • Delicious beef gravy – The jar ones are good. 60grams or 1/4 C is the recommended portion

  • Less fat shredded cheddar – 1/4 C or 28grams

  • Popcorn chicken (16 pieces) 

  • For Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 of black pepper


  • It is good to start with the mash first. Drain your cauliflower well and wring out all moisture from it. Pop the rice in the oven for good 4 to 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, pop your dehydrated rice in the blender along with butter and black pepper.
  • Making the mash is the only slightly laborious job here. While you let your food processor do the magic, it is key to ensure that you achieve the right consistency. You can go ahead by whisking the mashed mix for that velvety texture or even use the masher for a lustrous feel. When the mash is done, set it aside for later use. 
  • Time to put your gravy in the microwave. It is crucial to measure the gravy before you pop it in the oven. Make sure it is no more than 60gms for one KFC bowl. Let it heat up for 30-60 seconds, until just warm. 
  • Get your canned corn handy-dandy. Drain off the liquid, to begin with. Once done, measure 1/2 a cup of the corn and chuck it in the oven for 60-90 seconds. It must be warm, just like your beef gravy. 
  • Take a bowl and pop in half of your prepped mashed cauliflower and gravy. Add half cup of warm corn and 8 pieces of crunchy chicken popcorn to the mish-mash of ingredients. 
  • Top it with some delicious yet fat abated shredded cheddar for that mouthwatering and flavorsome aftertaste. 
  • Repeat the process to make your second batch of the famous KFC Bowl. 

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Starting with Mashed Cauliflower

Let’s prep the creamy part of the famous KFC bowl! 

Before jumping straight into the method of making the mash, let me explain why I prefer using frozen cauliflower instead of a fresh one. To begin with, drenching out moisture from this veggie is easy-peasy. You can place them in an oven and let the rice dehydrate. Squeezing and wringing out moisture from the cauliflower rice is simpler. Expensive strainers, fancy cheesecloth or any other stuff, is absolutely not required. 

Pop your dehydrated cauliflower rice in the churner. Throw in some butter and blend away. Keep adding butter and black pepper for seasoning, until you have achieved a velvety smooth mash. You know what? This is just as delicious as mashed potatoes; only it is a faux version. When the mash is super creamy, buttery, and scrumptious, who cares whether it is a potato or a cauliflower, right? 

Steps To Make The Gravy, Corn and Cheese

Well, I stick to a very basic routine. Let me introduce you a little to my cooking style. I am not hands-on, fancy or using laborious techniques and I don’t try to get my hands on ingredients that are super exotic or hard to acquire. 

So, to continue with my version of gravy, cheese, and corn, I have a few ingredients at hand. Don’t be surprised, but it is canned corn and pre-packaged gravy in a jar. For cheese, though, I like to use shredded cheddar that is cut-down on fat. You can always work a little hard and cook your gravy, but as I said, I am a bit laid-back. 

Making Crunchy and peppery chicken popcorn

When you imagine chicken popcorn, you are naturally redirected to the fascinating amount of grease and oil that goes into making this delicious crunchy poultry, right? Well, here’s the fun. My recipe is all about low-carb intake.

Frankly, you won’t miss the taste and deliciousness of crunchy chicken popcorn. However, what you earn is the perk of gobbling up the dish without feeling guilty about the hefty amount of calories your body has imbibed. Here’s an extra stat – 8 pieces of chicken popcorn, my style has 12 grams of carb, 0.3gms of fat, and 15 good grams of protein.

The total calorie count for the macros is just 105 calories. That’s quite impressive in all honesty. To make two portions of the KFC Bowl, you will need a total of 16 pieces. 

What if Cauliflower isn’t your thing?

Are you curious about alternatives for cauliflower? Well, here’s what you can use:

  • If it is absolutely devastating for you to kiss goodbye to potatoes, you can always mix some mashed potatoes to your cauliflower mash. In that way, you can cheat, yet not disappoint your heart.

Although low-carb, if butter is not what you are craving when cooking hearty, healthy food, you can switch it with coconut oil. 


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