Where’s the Beef? In Your KFC Grilled Chicken, Dodo

Holy Cow.

Listen, all ye Hindus.

Yes, we’re talking to you, the beef-abhorring, cow-worshipping bovine louts from India, Nepal, the diaspora in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and the far corners of the world.

Pay heed now:

Yes, we know all ye Hindus consider the cow so sacred that you find it sacrilegious to even think of eating the cow.

Yes, we know many of you Hindus consider the cow so sacred that you even worship it.

Yes, we know that ye Hindus consider the cow so sacred that some of you have even drunk the cow’s piss thinking it’s holy (no, we’re not kidding here).

Not for nothing do the Hindus say Go-Mata (mother cow). Right?

While most Hindus find the thought of eating the cow extremely distasteful, they do not show the same disgust when it comes to chicken, fish or lamb.

Many Brahmins (higher caste Hindus) too, who are enjoined from eating meat, increasingly eat chicken, fish or lamb slyly or even openly these days.

But the cow is verboten.

Yes, forbidden for most Hindus. No can eat, sir.

No must eat for Hindus.

Many Indian-American Hindus in the U.S. wouldn’t think twice about eating chicken. After all, you’d expect that chicken means well, plain and simple, chicken. Not beef, right?

So, we were surprised at what we found today in the Kentucky Fried Chicken in the U.S.

When you go to Kentucky Fried Chicken in the U.S. and order the new KFC Grilled Chicken, who in the world expects that what you will be served includes beef.

Yes, folks you read right.

The KFC Grilled Chicken contains Beef, as in B E E F.

KFC Grilled Chicken

A KFC outlet in the U.S.

But the KFC people don’t tell you in the restaurants that the KFC Grilled Chicken contains Beef nor is it mentioned on the box for the takeout order or the bag they give you.

KFC Grilled Chicken

Beware, the KFC Grilled Chicken contains Beef

Sure, it’s mentioned on the KFC web site if you look carefully at the ingredients of the KFC Grilled Chicken.

The KFC Grilled Chicken contains Beef Powder and Rendered Beef Fat.

Among other things, the KFC Grilled Chicken is marinated with Beef Powder and Rendered Beef Fat.

But who visits the KFC web site to read about the ingredients of grilled chicken before heading out to the fast-food restaurant.

Two KFCs, Same Story

A short while ago, we went over to two different KFCs about 35-miles apart in the U.S. and purchased the KFC Grilled Chicken Meal ($3.99 without the drink) as a takeout. The KFC Grilled Chicken Meal includes two pieces of grilled chicken, two side items and a biscuit.

In neither of the two KFC restaurants were we told the Grilled Chicken contains beef ingredients. No, we didn’t find any mention on the KFC box or KFC bag either.

Nor does KFC mention anywhere prominently in the restaurants we visited that the grilled chicken contains beef.

Folks, do you think it’s right for KFC to serve grilled chicken that includes beef ingredients without making it explicit in the restaurant, on the box or on the bag (not just on some corner of the web site)?

Do you have a beef with KFC for including Beef ingredients in their KFC Grilled Chicken?

Are you folks in India too being served beef fat/beef powder under the guise of chicken?

Speak now or forever hold your tongue.

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12 Responses to "Where’s the Beef? In Your KFC Grilled Chicken, Dodo"

  1. Ænima Of The State   June 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    😀 love this! good investigative work.

  2. the gora   June 17, 2009 at 4:15 am

    I can feel it already. SI is going to lead the Sepoy Mutiny of 2009 in the manner of Mangel Pandey. “Abhi nahin to kabhi nahin!”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    God, we hope that Mangal Pandey’s eventual fate doesn’t await us.

  3. kelambu_kaathu   June 17, 2009 at 4:43 am

    KFC chicken has beef!!???

    Still can’t resist eating it… And I don’t care much either. Hope my mom doesn’t read this….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Change your punal (sacred thread).

    The KFC chicken in the U.S. tastes lousy in general. We’ll take the baddest Indian restaurant chicken any day.

  4. SRINIVAS   June 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

    In india people avoid eating chicken at some places since its said that they mix beef in say chicken curry ….since beef is cheap ….a form of adulteration ….to save on cost ….i am veggie …so no personal experience

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Back in the 80s there was a big controversy in India for a few months about mixing beef tallow in Vanaspati/Dalda, again on cost grounds we guess.

  5. the gora   June 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    SI is right. KFC tastes nasty here, which is really disappointing. Overseas, KFC tastes brilliant. Same thing with Macca’s too. Really funny to think how two of USA’s biggest chains, The Golden Arches and the Colonel, taste so much better out of the country, and then you return and the food you get in their US chains is garbage.

    Don’t you want to be Mangal? Your name would live on forever. As the subtitles said, “What this revolution needs is blood… Let it be mine.”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Yes, we’ve tried Mac in Europe. Much better.

    Here, the stuff tastes lousy and the employees are usually surly.

    But we haven’t tried any of the Mac, KFC, Pizza Hut et al chains in India. We hear they have Indianized the menu there.

    2. You write: Don’t you want to be Mangal? Your name would live on forever. As the subtitles said, “What this revolution needs is blood… Let it be mine.”

    What good does it do if your name lives on forever after you die.

    Here and now is all that counts.

    We’ll leave the after-life to the believers.

    BTW, some Jehovah’s Witness folks came by yesterday.

    Was busy processing the SI blog comments…so didn’t open the door. 😉

    They left a flier ‘warmly’ inviting us to attend the upcoming convention in Reading, PA (at Sovereign Center, 700 Penn St) from July 3-5- How can you survive the end of the world? is the theme of the convention.

  6. the gora   June 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    P.S. Any thoughts on this? http://thecrickettier.com/2009/06/17/effigies/

    I’d also be curious about your thoughts on the previous three posts as well.

    Blogs with Balls was quite an event and the people had some interesting things to say. According to the event orgainzers on Twitter, my video here http://thecrickettier.com/2009/06/15/blogs-with-balls-crushing-it-gary-vaynerchuck-talk-video/ is the “best quality bootleg video on the net of Gary.” Gary Vaynerchuk is in our neck of the woods. Has his major wine shop in Springfield. The guy was electric. You should check out his site, GaryVaynerchuk.com. His video blogs are amazing. Look up “Storytelling is the Game.” It’s solid.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. OK, read the first one. Interesting. Funny too. (We’d recommend splitting the paragraphs into shorter ones.)

    2. On the Gary video, agree content is king and marketing is the queen. Very true.

    3. Also agree with Gary that if you don’t spend time on the community, you’ve no chance in business.

    We realized that early on. And SI is one of the most interactive blogs (and hopefully interesting too) because of the time we spend with the community i.e. our members, reading their comments and responding to most of them and following on the recommendations of our readers and so on. Gary is very right. You have to engage with the community.

    It’s just plain commonsense. But as our uncle in India used to say, commonsense is not very common.

    But honestly, we realized what Gary is recommending long before watching the video today.

    That’s why we at SI blog have always given a shit (to borrow language from Gary’s video) from the beginning.

    One of the funniest and meaningful too (because of the opportunities in this game-changing paradigm) lines from Gary’s video:

    The Internet is 14 f***ing years old…and it’s not even had sex yet.

    A must-see video for all serious bloggers both for the few with commonsense and the many with not enough common sense.

  7. ShikhariShambhu   June 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    i know tons of hindus who eat beef.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We think many Hindus in Kerala eat beef. Are they Nairs?

  8. ShikhariShambhu   June 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    no idea if Nairs are more likely to eat beef than others.
    but the ones i know are mostly tamil, not keralite.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    A million years ago, some of our Nair friends in the hostel in India were in the Beef mess.

    Feeling nostalgic about India. No country like it. ;(

  9. ShikhariShambhu   June 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    i don’t eat beef or pork.

    i’m going back next year for ever & ever

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: i’m going back next year for ever & ever

    Lucky you.

    Mera Bharat Mahaan.

    No, it’s not the Australian Merlot speaking. It’s us, from the abyss of our heart.

    OK, we’ll have one more glass.

  10. StrYngLad74   June 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Shambhu said: “no idea if Nairs are more likely to eat beef than others. but the ones i know are mostly tamil, not keralite.”

    In India, even buffalo meat is considered beef, so it could be that too. Also remember that the non-Brahmin Tamils Hindus do not necessarily follow Agamic/Vedic Hinduism. Deities like Karuppusamy, Kali Amman, Aiyanar, Sudalai Maadan, Mariamman, etc. pertain more to ancestral/tribal worship than to the commonly known Vedic Hindu deities like Brahma, Vishnu, etc. It’s only in Vedic Hinduism that beef eating is prohibited, despite the fact that it does have a history of beef consumption and horse-meat consumption (Ashwamedha yagna).

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Can’t remember if we’ve ever had buffalo meat. Doubt it unless it came dressed as beef.

  11. Asha Tampa   June 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Am a veggie, so doesnt make any difference to me; there are a couple of restaurants here in Hyderabad where they serve beef biriyani as well 😉 and my Hindu friends are real casual about it.

    Guess the younger generation doesnt have any qualms whatsoever. I have a Nair friend who raved abt that biriyani once, so I guess he is a part of the clan. Nothing comes sacred anymore. People have embraced pork as well, though I feel real queasy to even think of pork as a viable eatable.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: there are a couple of restaurants here in Hyderabad where they serve beef biriyani as well 😉 and my Hindu friends are real casual about it.

    Guess the younger generation doesnt have any qualms whatsoever.

    Devuda, devuda.

    Antha Kali-kalam prabhavam (all the influence of Kali Yuga)

  12. deepa   June 22, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Guess what?? the website you gave to check ingredients is not available already…guess they are trying to cover up their tracks!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    KFC has changed the link to the ingredients. Here’s KFC’s new link to check the ingredients:


    Still shows Beef Powder and Rendered Beef Fat in the grilled chicken.

    Enjoy. 😉

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