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Have You Seen the New Pizza-Fried Chicken Hybrid at KFC?

Have You Seen the New Pizza-Fried Chicken Hybrid at KFC?

It’s considered pizza if it has cheese and tomato sauce

The Napoli Crispy Fried Chicken is topped with melted cheese and tomato sauce.

It seems to be the summer of hybrid foods at fast food chains, what with the Hot Dog Bites Pizza from Pizza Hut and red burgers in Burger King Japan, so it’s fitting that KFC is releasing pizza-fried chicken — right?

KFC Hong Kong is advertising Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken, which is KFC’s fried chicken covered in melted cheese and tomato sauce. We’re not sure how these toppings resemble Neapolitan pizza, but we’ll roll with it.

A two-piece pizza chicken meal with mashed potatoes and a soft drink is $36.60 Hong Kong dollars, which is around $4.75 in U.S. dollars. And if you want the two-piece meal with a large serving of mushroom rice, an egg tart, and a soft drink, it’ll cost around $5.00.

There is also a pizza chicken bucket meal for around $16.50 and apparently, customers can add on a garlic butter chicken wing for $1.50 or so. At this point, we’re not sure which one sounds more terrifying — or artery-clogging.


KFC has just invented a pizza and fried chicken hybrid to haunt your dreams

KFC has just come up with a margherita pizza and fried chicken combo and we don’t know how to feel.

Is it a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare? Should we laugh or order a bucketful?

To its classic Original Recipe fried chicken thighs and drumsticks, Colonel Sanders and the gang have decided to add a tomato sauce base and a breaded mozzarella and cheddar mix, which has been melted to perfection in the oven.

It’s called the Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken (catchy) and is sadly only available in Hong Kong at the moment.

Another cross-category effort from KFC: "Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken" in Hong Kong. Uhhh, no. pic.twitter.com/2Vmg9PCfW2

— BurgerBusiness (@BurgerBusiness) June 30, 2015

However, with both KFC and Pizza Hut owned by the same company (Yum Brands!), this may just be the start of a beautiful friendship.


Menus are getting bigger again

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Having gained a new perspective on simplicity during the pandemic, fast-food chains may never go back to their pre-pandemic ways of thinking about their menu items. Cutting foods to streamline operations proved to be a winning formula for chains like McDonald's and Taco Bell, which saw improved drive-thru speeds and success of new menu offerings as a result.

But now, with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, an increasing number of businesses are starting to look beyond the pandemic by launching new products. From new pizza offerings and the raging chicken sandwich wars with an increasing number of entrants to some truly spectacular limited-time offerings launched this spring, chains are starting to throw caution to the wind. Expect to see menus growing all across the board as these legacy brands battle it out for your dollar.

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KFC ‘invents’ new ‘pizza/fried chicken’ combo

KFC has invented a new mouth watering hybrid treat for its takeaway lovers, a pizza/fried chicken combo, which definitely sounds like the best of both worlds.

Taking their original recipe to a level above, the fast food giants have fried thighs and drumsticks, with a tomato sauce base topped with breaded mozzarella and cheddar mix, the Mirror reported.

Named Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken, the creation is currently available only in Hong Kong, but will hopefully be added to menus of other countries as well.

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Georgia Gold

Tabatha Marks

Georgia Gold channels the food culture of Georgia perfectly by fusing succulent, tangy, and sweet flavors with fried greatness. The color on this chicken is gorgeous, as it is literally gold. The chicken gets its bright color and wonderful taste from its signature Honey Mustard BBQ sauce. After just one bite, I was hooked.

This is by far the crispiest chicken that KFC has ever cooked up. Yet, the crispiness does not deter from the juiciness of the chicken. The chicken is moist and tasty, while the fats on the side are so perfectly juicy. I simply couldn't stop shoving the chicken in my face. But just a warning: the sweetness paired with the grease does get a little overwhelming at the end, so be careful eating it too quickly, as it does not sit so well.


KFC's Fried Chicken Pizza Is the Hybrid Food of Our Dreams and Nightmares

The Chizza is spreading. After testing out a fried-chicken-pizza hybrid in the Philippines, KFC is gearing up to release the so-called Chizza in additional locations globally. On Feb. 7, an official twitter account for KFC Singapore shared numerous pictures and videos teasing the extremely indulgent menu item.

So what goes into a Chizza? A better question might be what doesn't go into a Chizza. The item starts with a layer of fried chicken in lieu of a traditional pizza crust. The fried chicken is then topped with pizza sauce, sliced chicken ham, mozzarella cheese, the brand's signature cheese sauce, and — in a controversial move — pineapple chunks. The polarizing ingredients actually remind us of KFC's infamous Double Down sandwich that featured two fried chicken pieces acting as buns.

While KFC has yet to say whether the Chizza will make a stateside appearance, the fact that the fast-food chain has begun introducing it in other locations certainly says something.


KFC Wish List 2016

It’s been a good year for KFC in the UK.

March/April saw the three-part BBC documentary – The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop, which offered viewers a behind the scenes look into the heart of the company and more importantly, giving it prime time exposure.

This was followed-up in May/June with the release of its loyalty reward program called the Colonel’s Club.

Register, collect and redeem using the KFC app and the customer receives a stamp for every £3 spend. 3 stamps gets you a free side, 7 a free snack and 11 £5 off your meal.

Now the boss of KFC UK, Martin Shuker has revealed to The Telegraph that he wants the chicken chain to hit £1.5bn in sales by 2020.

They are aiming to achieve this by expanding the number of their stores from 880 to 1,000 growing its core business and expanding the range of food on offer. Well Martin… read on.

Despite all this, we’ve seen very little in terms of new burgers at KFC.

In fact, we’ve only had one KFC review this year and that was for the recent BBQ Bacon Boss Burger. Nothing has really seemed new or innovative enough for us to warrant a visit (and I’m talking burgers here, not Burritos, Wraps or Riceboxes).

It got us thinking at BLHQ.

What 10 items would we like to see on the menu at KFC (in the UK) in 2016?

We’ve tried to approach this from a burger point of view for the majority of the list with one or two exceptions. So take a look and let us know what you would like to see.

1. Double Down

Does it need any introduction? The burger that replaces bread buns with two original recipe fried chicken fillets containing bacon, two different kinds of melted cheese and the Colonel’s secret sauce.

You might believe the calories of this thing are through the roof, but weighing in at approx. 540 kcal it’s in the nutritional range of the Big Mac.

Available at some time in countries such as the USA, Australia, Singapore, South Africa and with variations such as the Zinger Maxx (Korea), Scorcher Double Down (Canada), Hawaiian and Ham/Steak/Hash (New Zealand) the nearest to the UK we’ve seen it on-sale has been in France and The Netherlands.

So popular, we created our “secret menu” Double Down. Manchester-based Solita did their own version and even Chicken Cottage released a copycat Double Fillet Sandwich (alongside some blatant PhotoShop editing of the KFC promo pic).

We ran a recent Twitter poll and 87% of voters said “Yes Definitely” to wanting to see the Double Down released in the UK. So come on Colonel Sanders, Mr. Shuker and all the team at KFC. Make it happen! The people want it in the UK!

The Philippines and Korea are just two countries that have seen the pizza/fried chicken hybrid known as Chizza.

For the uninitiated of you, Chizza replaces the traditional dough base used for pizzas since the beginning of time, for a flat-ish round strip(?) of chicken. This is then topped with marinara sauce, cheese, pineapple, pepperoni and green peppers.

The UK loves pizza. It loves KFC. So let’s not let our friends in the Far East have all the fun and let’s get Chizza on the menu in the UK. Tomorrow! And with marketing like the video below who wouldn’t want to see it in this country…!?

Considering KFC looks to appeal to people with healthy eating options such as riceboxes and wraps I don’t see this creation appearing anytime soon unfortunately.

3. Big Boss Sandwich

We talked a bit about the Big Boss Sandwich in our BBQ Bacon Boss Burger review. Despite being fairly enjoyable, we lamented the UK Boss for being a bit boring. Basically swapping the ketchup and fresh tomato from the Daddy for BBQ sauce and calling it the many B’s burger.

In Canada they’ve been extremely lucky and got a burger/sandwich known as the Big Boss.

Without beating around the proverbial too much it is in essence KFC’s version of the iconic Big Mac. Two pieces of hand-breaded chicken, a middle, club-layer bun, lettuce, cheese, pickles and special sauce – yes this is 100% a KFC style Big Mac. And we want it! We want it a lot!!

At 600 kcal this again doesn’t seem too obscene in terms of calorie counts. We know KFC saw our comments in our review about the Big Boss – hopefully in 2016 they’ll take it on-board and bring this burger to their restaurants.

4. Double Down Dog

The Far East gets all the good stuff, or bad depending on your point of view. If you think the Double Down is 50/50 on getting a UK release and Chizza is even less likely, then prepare yourself for one we definitely will not see. The Double Down Dog…

Offered in The Philippines (there’s a pattern emerging here) as a super exclusive limited time offer – literally only available to 50 customers at selected stores over a two-day period, the Double Down Dog replaces hot dog buns with fried chicken, contains a hot dog sausage and is topped with cheese and a honey mustard dressing.

It caused a bit of a stir in the press when it was available in January 2015 and is likely to appear in those stupid “Top 10” lists (bizarre foods we’re betting) which are only too common on the internet in these times of lazy journalism…

Honourable mention: Zinger Double Down King (Korea).

5. Zinger Shrimpo Sandwich

Kentucky Fried Chicken. Its core product to no surprise is chicken. Guess what. It also sells fried fish sometimes. More often in the Middle and Far East and currently on the menu at KFC Arabia is the Zinger Shrimpo Sandwich.

KFC Zinger Shrimpo Sandwich…

On a sub-style roll with fresh lettuce and KFC’s special dressing are five pieces of fried shrimp. This isn’t something completely new to KFC and the “Taste of Adventure” has been seen on menus as far back as 2011.

I’m not going to say something as outlandish as “with the UK’s aversion to fish and seafood don’t expect to see this in the UK anytime soon”. But don’t. But it would be nice… if just for a very limited time or test.

6. Zinger Stacker

This is quite possibly more likely than the Big Boss to make its way to KFC restaurants in the UK. Available in Australia, the Zinger Stacker is described as “a hunger busting spice sensation with two juicy Zinger Fillets, two slices of melted cheese, lettuce, spicy supercharged sauce and chilli relish”.

Our very own Admiral Burgerbar liked the sound of it so much he even managed to get one KFC restaurant to make it for him which you can read about here.

More a case of excellent customer service than confirmation of a secret menu item – this was blatantly copied (without credit) by some of the tabloid press when they went in search of a secret menu (as was our Ultimate Zinger).

With all the ingredients from the Zinger Stacker residing in the pantry at KFC UK this must be the most likely of all our wish list to make it to retail.

7. Pizza Twister

The Pizza Twister has been available in the past at KFC Pakistan – featuring Zinger flavoured chicken strips, special pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, Mozzarella cheese and crunchy green peppers, all wrapped in a warm, toasted tortilla. This seems to be KFC’s first foray into combining chicken and pizza before the Chizza came along.

Also appearing on menus in The Philippines (again!) they’ve had a few variations such as Cheesy Bacon, Hawaiian (as above but with pineapple) and an interesting sounding California Maki which back in 2010 had mango, cucumber and creamy Japanese mayo.

Whether it’s in the form of a Twister or Chizza I can really see the chicken/pizza combo working well in the UK but maybe that trend is too 2010?

8. Doritos Crunch Burger

It’s not massively uncommon to see potato chips (or crisps) on overseas High Street burgers but the trend doesn’t seem to have happened much in the UK apart from McDonald’s Arizona Nacho Grande and/or the Mexican Fiesta.

On-sale in South Africa, the Doritos Crunch Burger has a crispy mini chicken fillet topped with cheese, lettuce, spicy cheese sauce and sweet chilli Doritos. Sounds good!

KFC Doritos Crunch Burger…

Then more recently, they decided to up the ante with the Jacked Up Double Crunch Burger – two chicken fillets, Jacked Doritos, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a spicy sauce/dressing.

By offering different varieties of Doritos the product variation is quite wide so it would be interesting to see this concept in the UK.

Honourable mentions: Hot & Cheezy Burger (Malaysia), Nacho Box (Australia).

9. Popcorn Chicken Roulette

Not actually available in any country (the Australian Nacho Box is pictured below) this would see a mixture of different strength Popcorn Chicken being available in a portion.

Similar to the Doritos Roulette and Nando’s Wing Roulette concepts, KFC could offer Popcorn Chicken in a number of flavours with additional sauces.

Some of the flavours/heat levels in my mind include Sriracha (could be the first High Street chain to bring it to the UK), Buffalo (see Frank’s), Habanero, Jalapeno and Ghost Chilli are just some of the ideas we have.

Probably best to have a massive “WARNING” label over them in-case of children eating them – OK maybe I’m not cut out for R&D just yet…

Honourable mention: Popcorn Chicken Poutine (Canada).

10. KFC Breakfast

Available in Romania is the KFC A.M. range – offering a sort-of McMuffin style breakfast sandwich featuring chicken and cheese and called Chicken Toast.

Alongside this is Egg Toast (switching the chicken for egg instead). Why not combine both and answer the age old riddle – which really did come first? The chicken or the egg?

If KFC want to expand and they don’t currently offer anything to rival that of McDonald’s or Burger King’s breakfast menus perhaps our final item on the wish list could appear sooner than you think. Especially if KFC wants to establish itself as a destination for coffee lovers in search of a quick breakfast fix.

We hope you have enjoyed our KFC wish list for 2016 and beyond.

What do you think? Would you like to see any of these items added to KFC menus even if just for a limited time? Have we missed anything?


KFC is killing us with the ‘Chizza’, a pizza with a fried chicken crust

Just when you thought the world couldn’t get more confusing, KFC has invented the Chizza, a pizza with a crust of fried chicken.

And somehow the world keeps on spinning.

Following swiftly on the heels of the groundbreaking pizza/chicken hybrid, Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken (a pizza rub for your fried chicken drumstick if you will), KFC has not rested on its laurels.

It may however have lost its mind – the ad which features a Filipino version of I Will Survive is a case in point.

The Chizza replaces pizza dough with fried chicken. That’s a base of golden Original Recipe fried chicken, topped with pepperoni pizza.

Oh, who are we kidding? We’d totally try it. Except it’s only available in the Philippines – who, if you remember, also got the Double Down Dog and, yes, we’re still bitter.

Feedback on Twitter for the KFC take on pizza was overwhelmingly positive. Make of that what you will.

For some, it was proof of how far we’ve come.

KFC's chizza is proof that we, humans, are evolving Long live the human race!

— Tessa Bernardo (@tessabernardo) July 9, 2015

Others became hysterical.

KFC is making a chicken pizza called a Chizza and I just can't stop laughing

— Morgan (@morg44) July 10, 2015

Threats were made.

kfc if you don't bring the chizza to the states, i swear i will decrease my number of kfc visits by 1 per year

— Icy (@icystorm) July 9, 2015

There was shouting.

But, mostly, people just gave thanks to the fried chicken gods.


Pizzas, burgers, sandwiches. More of these restaurants opened during the pandemic. Will the trend continue?

It seems like every new restaurant opening in the past month is some sort of hybrid between pizza, fried-chicken sandwiches or burgers. Foods that are takeout-friendly and are more practical to sell than say, a three-course prix fixe. But when Toronto emerges from one of the longest indoor-dining bans in the world, what will the restaurant scene look like?

Shauna Brail, an urban planner and associate professor at the Institute for Management and Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga, used Yelp data to map out the opening and closing of restaurants in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. She found that slightly more places opened than closed between May 2020 and May 2021 — 609 opened, while 532 closed. The map is part of her Toronto After The First Wave project, which tracks factors that contribute to what she calls a city’s vibrancy such as the use of transit, number of job postings, housing statistics and city revenue.

“For the past year, the story has been of entrepreneurs and restaurant owners figuring out how to pivot effectively and keep the business alive, but it’s not a good story when it comes to employment,” she said. “It’s a good story for industry resilience.”

Brail’s findings also noted the types of restaurants that are opening: pizza being the most popular, followed by sandwiches, cafes, sushi spots, Mexican, burgers and places categorized as gluten free.

For example, downtown lunch spot Ooshee Mediterranean Oven turned into 8Mile Pizza last year. Parkdale’s Eastern European restaurant Tennessee Tavern closed in last May to rebrand as a burger and Detroit pizza spot Gianna’s Patties and Pies. Categories of restaurants that closed included breakfast spots, new Canadian (think Canis and Montecito), as well as, interestingly, gluten free, cafes, and pizza, despite the latter three also being popular in new openings.

8Mile Pizza owner David Azzi says when the pandemic hit last year, the stream of office workers coming in for fresh salads and flatbreads at Ooshee stopped. That spring, Azzi spent a month testing recipes for his take on Detroit pizzas (a city he lived during the early 2000s), before relaunching the space as 8Mile Pizza at the end of May.

Faissal Mardini worked at Ooshee and then became an operating partner at 8Mile. He says pizza had broader appeal and didn’t rely on lunch traffic as much. The pies also held up better for delivery and the food costs were lower. The switch worked and the restaurant quickly gained a following.

“The success of 8Mile has actually surpassed the previous business,” said Azzi, adding that he’s working on opening a second location with an expanded menu. “We’re here to stay. Once restaurants open up, there won’t be as much online ordering so you need to offer something more to customers.”

He has noticed the influx of places adding pizza and burgers to the menu, but sees it as more of a survival tactic. “Pizza has always been a recession-proof item and burgers have already been happening for the last 10, 15 years and that’s not going to stop,” he said. Even though pivoting to pizzas worked for him, he doesn’t think diners will be seeing pizzerias everywhere when patios and indoor dining return.

“I think people are craving foods that you can’t get delivered, I know I am. People want to sit down and have that social aspect. Restaurants have added pizzas and burgers to their menu to survive, but I think you’ll see them revert to their bread and butter,” he said. “That’s my hope because there’s so much good food in the city.”

Cyrus Cooper, a professor and program co-ordinator of the restaurant management program at Centennial College, says the pizza and burger trend predated the pandemic as he saw cities in Europe, Asia and the U.S. already gravitate toward these types of comfort food and expected Toronto to do the same. The pandemic simply sped things up as these foods also do well for takeout.

Still, like Azzi, Cooper doesn’t expect streets to be inundated with burger and pizza joints when indoor dining returns. Rather, he sees an opportunity for entrepreneurs who gained a following selling meals off social media during the pandemic to take advantage of storefronts vacated in the last year.

“People are going to be taking advantage of the fact that opening costs are going to be less because there are going to be a lot of turnkey operations, places that already have a kitchen in place and just need a new coat of paint,” he said. “People will take their Instagram business and expand that into brick and mortar, which is a good thing because a lot of cooks face financial barriers of entry into the industry. When you have a 2,000 square-foot space, you’re not going to see a corporate place swoop in, it would need more room than that.”

David Hopkins, president of Toronto-based restaurant consulting firm The Fifteen Group, said he’s not surprised by the number of restaurant openings in the past year outpacing closures, though he says it’s important to note that since the data is crowdsourced from Yelp it might not be completely up to date.

Still, Hopkins notes that many of the places that opened last year during the spring and summer were already in the works before the pandemic was declared. For example, the two-floor, 12,000-square-foot midtown location of Thai restaurant Pai was already under construction pre-pandemic. It opened in November for takeout and delivery.


Two Of KFC's Chicken + Pizza Combos Are Back On The Menu!

Are you in the mood for chicken or pizza? You don't have to choose between these two classic comfort food when you can have both in one bite with KFC's Chizza. Launched way back in 2015, this chicken-crusted pizza is back on the menu starting June 2 but now, with even more pizza toppings!

For those who are not familiar with the Chizza, this no-crust pizza replaces the pizza dough with crunchy fried chicken fillet. It's topped with pizza sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, pineapple tidbits, diced bell peppers, and chicken pepperoni. Depending on your appetite, the Chizza on its own costs P145, but if you want a heftier meal, you can opt for the Chizza Combo (P199) or the Chizza Fully Loaded Meal (P299).

If that's not enough to satisfy your cravings, KFC also brought back another chicken-pizza food hybrid on the menu: Pizza Twister. This tortilla bread wrap is filled with KFC's signature Fun Shots, chicken pepperoni, pizza, sauce, and quick-melt cheese. This is available as an ala carte (P106), combo (P156), and the Fully Loaded Meal (P210).

These two returning KFC favorites are definitely signs to skip cooking and just order in! To check which KFC stores are available for online delivery, takeout, online pickup, and drive-thru transactions, you can refer to KFC's guide to store hours. It's also available on GrabFood and Foodpanda.

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