KFC has finally introduced fried potatoes in the purest of ways, and we’re going to take a look and see how they stack up.

KFC’s website describes these golden strips as:

Introducing Secret Recipe Fries, KFC’s first foray into french fry fryin’! Sure, it’s taken us a while to get here, but the Colonel does things the Hard Way—even if it takes 60 years! Seasoned with a secret blend of herbs and spices and fried to crispy perfection like our world-famous chicken, Secret Recipe Fries are unrivaled in flavor.

While KFC has long had their fried potato wedges, and I personally thought they were pretty solid, their biggest side typically was their mashed potatoes and gravy. Most people would bathe in it or even construct some weird hot tub fantasy centered around their lust for the gravy. But it looks like the Colonel is sick of sitting by idly while the rest of the industry scoops up those French Fry revenues, so let’s take a look.

KFC is currently offering they’re new fries in a 3 strip combo, that comes with a biscuit, a dipping sauce (which is free anyway), and a beverage for $5.49 in the Pittsburgh area.

The most striking thing about the Secret Recipe Fries is the color. Reminiscent of that golden Fried Chicken skin that we’ve all come to know and love, I almost thought they looked more like chicken fries than actual potatoes. But as KFC’s description points out this is by design, as these fries hit that same, beautiful chicken fried process the actual chicken does.

The seasoning factor was nice and bountiful as well. Honestly, I noticed the 13 herbs and spices more on the fries than the actual chicken strips. Part of me wonders if the seasoning is added to the fries post oil bath, while the chicken is coated prior. I myself am a big fan of loading up boardwalk fries with seasoning salt, and to me the KFC Secret Recipe is an even better coating on potatoes. With a hint of sweet and zest, and by evidence of my fingers being dredged in the stuff, they are very liberal with the coating.

Ranch was my dipping sauce of choice, but honestly these would be good with anything you’d typically dip in standard fries or chicken. These chicken fried fries had very good texture, with just enough bend that they were juicy and not stiff. The fried process is definitely tasty and coupled with the seasoning bath, I’d say that KFC has a winner here. The Geek hopes these stay for good.

KFC Secret Recipe Fries: