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3-Piece Original Recipe Chicken Dinner, KFC

My feathers have been officially ruffled! I love the Colonel’s Original Recipe chicken. The three-piece dinner (thigh, wing and leg) with biscuit and sides of cole slaw and mashed potatoes and gravy is my meal of choice. I know it’s bad, but it’s a tradition that goes back to my carefree days of yore... those days when I first started lining my arteries with heart-threatening fatty deposits.

My feathers aren’t ruffled by the fact this meal â€" when washed down with a large Pepsi â€" packs a stomach-churning 1,400 calories and 66 grams of fat. No, I am somewhat ticked because the KFC cooks gave in to pressure from the food police and began frying their chicken in new trans fat-free oil.

Recent KFC ads tout “same great taste, zero trans fats” but in my functionally challenged heart, I just know it can’t be the same experience. I guess it’s a good news, bad news scenario for us finger-lickin’ lovers of KFC. Or is it there much good news here? Check out the nutrition numbers from the www.kfc.website, then make your own decision on that point!

For starters, my 3-piece dinner weighs in at a belt-straining 21 ounces (that’s one pound, five ounces of chicken and fixin’s) â€" give or take an ounce or two. This dive-in-and-get-your-fingers-greasy dinner packs 1,400 calories, 66 grams of fat, 15g of saturated fat, 230mg of cholesterol, 3,110 mg of sodium, 155g carbs, 5g fiber and 50g protein. These numbers don’t include the butter for my biscuit!

Chew on This: Trans fat-free is a good thing, but in this case it’s akin to putting perfume on a chicken.

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