If you’ve ever been to KFC, you’ve always tried their chicken fries and hot sandwiches. However, have you ever tried their iconic KFC Famous Bowl? You must have at least heard of it since it’s an absolute fan favorite.
Today you have a chance to make it in the comfort of your home. But the best thing about this copycat KFC Famous Bowl Casserole recipe is that you can make a restaurant dish yourself, saving money and making it healthier.
It comes together in minutes, a comfortable homemade chicken dish guaranteed to satisfy your whole family.
How to Make KFC Famous Bowl Casserole
The worst thing about food deliveries has to be waiting for the delivery, especially if that’s the KFC Famous Bowl casserole. However, since this recipe only takes about 25 minutes, it might be faster than getting it delivered. You have to pin this KFC Famous Bowl recipe!
It is loaded with mashed potatoes, chicken bites, sweet corn, and melted cheese—all topped off with a generous scoop of chicken gravy.
So, let’s see what you need for this delicious meal for KFC lovers.
(4 servings – bowls)
- 2 ½ cups mashed potatoes
- 2 cups corn kernels (preferably frozen)
- 10 oz chicken nuggets
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup chicken gravy
As you can see, all you need for this KFC Famous Bowl is a handful of pre-made ingredients. This enables you to store everything in your pantry or freezer and make a delightful KFC Bowl Casserole whenever possible.
Plus, the recipe is very customizable, so you can make it however you want. If you don’t have chicken nuggets, you can easily use chicken strips, popcorn chicken, or even bits of fried chicken.
And, as for the mashed potatoes, you can either make them yourself or use instant mashed potatoes.
Making this KFC Famous Bowl Casserole is easier than you think. We’ll prove this in the process.
You first need to preheat an oven to 400 °F for cooking your KFC Famous Bowl Casserole.
Put the chicken into an air frier basket and cook for about 10 minutes at 390 °F. Make sure to flip them halfway through so they’re cooked evenly.
Note: if you’re making frozen chicken nuggets, follow the instructions on the package.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the instant mashed potatoes according to the package instructions or make your own the way you’re used to. However, add some milk or butter after they cook to make it more like KFC’s.
Please take out a casserole dish and layer it will all the mashed potatoes first. Then, top the mashed potatoes with the corn and cooked chicken. Finally, cover your casserole with shredded cheddar cheese.
Bake the KFC Famous Bowl Casserole for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts completely.
Transfer the casserole to individual bowls and top them with the chicken gravy. Garnish with some parsley and serve.
Although this KFC Famous Bowl Casserole calls for simple ingredients, you can customize it to suit your palate, make it healthier, or use your ingredients.
If you keep the mashed potatoes and chicken, you can replace anything else. We’ve got something for you to consider.
Garden peas are probably the best corn substitute in whatever you’re making, including this KFC Famous Bowl.
Peas are juicy, plump, sweet, and refreshing. Plus, you can eat them raw or cooked, making them ideal for this recipe, which is all about pre-made ingredients.
However, if possible, opt for organic garden peas from your local market since they have a crunchy and juicy texture. You won’t get that from the frozen ones.
Chicken gravy is what makes this Bowl Casserole taste just like KFC’s. However, you can replace it with seasoned yogurt as a healthier alternative. Greek yogurt works as well.
It tastes different from chicken gravy since it has a sour and milky taste. So, you can combine it with some fresh herbs and spices to compensate for that and make it more flavorful.
What to Serve with KFC Famous Bowl Casserole
KFC Famous Bowl Casserole does wonder when paired with various KFC specials. But since you’re making one at home, we prepared some better pairings you can serve on the side of this chicken bowl casserole.
Since KFC Famous Bowl is a savory and filling meal, it calls for something incredibly crunchy and flavorful on the side. At the same time, the flavors of this side shouldn’t clash with the Bowl Casserole.
Is there anything better for the job than steamed broccoli? The crunch of the broccoli gives a nice texture to the Famous Bowl. And it doesn’t require much to make it delicious. Salt and pepper will do just fine.
Whether you serve it as a dessert or the side, fruit salad with KFC Famous Bowl Casserole will never disappoint. Although it might be a strange pairing, it gives your casserole the sweet and refreshing contrast it needs.
And, just like any vegetable salad, fruit salad is super easy to whip up and customize. You can combine any fruits you love and mix them for fruity perfection. Consider Ambrosia if you want to take it up a notch from the fruit salads you’re used to.
How to Reheat KFC Famous Bowl Casserole
You can enjoy the leftover KFC Famous Bowl Casserole for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if there is any left.
However, there is a real art to reheating your bowl casserole without drying it out, which depends on the amount you want to reheat. We’ll let you in on these secrets.
Reheat KFC Famous Bowl Casserole in a Microwave
A microwave is the best way to reheat small portions of the KFC Bowl Casserole, mainly the bowls it’s been served in. Just transfer it to a microwave-safe dish and cover it loosely. Microwave in 30-60 second bits for about 2 minutes.
Reheat KFC Famous Bowl Casserole in an Oven
If you’ve made some KFC Famous Bowl Casserole beforehand and haven’t transferred it to the bowls yet, it’s best to go with an oven. But it’s essential to take the casserole out of the fridge 30-40 minutes before reheating.
Then, cover it with the aluminum foil to prevent the cheese from drying out and bake for about 20-30 minutes until warmed throughout.
How to Store KFC Famous Bowl Casserole
This recipe will make about 4 large servings, perfectly enough for a home dinner. But if you decide to double or triple it and end up with leftover casserole, here’s how to store it properly.
Store KFC Famous Bowl Casserole in the Fridge
For food safety concerns, you should eat your leftover KFC Famous Bowl Casserole within 3 days of cooking. Store it in an airtight container.
But if you’re not sure you can eat it all, store it in the freezer.
Store KFC Famous Bowl Casserole in the Freezer
Since this Bowl of Casserole contains mashed potatoes, freezing is not the best option. Still, it is possible. Transfer your casserole to a freezer-safe container and wrap it in aluminum foil. You can store it like this in the freezer for up to 4 months.
KFC Famous Bowl Casserole Recipe
- Casserole dish
- 2½ cups mashed potatoes
- 2 cups corn kernels preferably frozen
- 10 oz chicken nuggets
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup chicken gravy
- The first thing you need is to preheat an oven to 400°F for cooking your KFC Famous Bowl Casserole.
- Put the chicken into an air frier basket and cook for about 10 minutes at 390 °F. Make sure to flip them halfway through, so they’re cooked evenly. Note: if you’re making frozen chicken nuggets, follow the instructions on the package.
- While the chicken is cooking prepare the instant mashed potatoes according to the package instructions or make your own the way you’re used to. However, add some milk or butter after they cook to make it more like KFC’s.
- Take out a casserole dish and layer it will all the mashed potatoes first. Then, top the mashed potatoes with the corn and cooked chicken. Finally, cover your casserole with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake the KFC Famous Bowl Casserole for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts completely.
- Transfer the casserole to individual bowls and top them with the chicken gravy. Garnish with some parsley and serve.
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