Photo: PR Times

KFC Japan develops new fried chicken designed to taste great with beer, other alcoholic drinks

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Earlier this month, KFC Japan started selling a spicy miso version of its signature dish. They’re not done innovating yet, though, as there’s yet another fried chicken innovation coming this week.


On Wednesday, KFC Japan is launching its new Ninniku Crispy, which is specifically seasoned to taste great when eaten with beer and other alcoholic drinks. Pictured above, the Ninniku Crispy is based on the chain’s Colonel’s Crispy recipe, but with extra garlic (ninniku in Japanese) and soy sauce flavoring, and is finished with an additional coating of garlic-flavor oil sauce. The resulting flavor, KFC says, makes an excellent pairing with alcoholic beverages, and they’re launching it now as Japan enters the season for end-of-the-year parties, which in Japan tend to involve at least a moderate amount of stiff drinks.

According to KFC, a lot of work went into getting the flavor just right, as early prototypes tasted more like eating a hunk of raw garlic, but in the end they’re promising a flavorful but properly balanced taste. They’re so confident that Ninniku Crispy and alcohol are a perfect pair that they’re even offering a Kanpai Barrel, or “Cheers Bucket,” with three pieces of Ninniku Crispy and four of Original Recipe fried chicken for 1,680 yen. Alternatively, if you want Ninniku Crispy and only Ninniku Crispy, individual pieces go for 290 yen or you can get a three-piece pack for 600, making the third piece almost free.


With no shortage of fried chicken fans and alcohol aficionados on the SoraNews24 staff, we see an order of KFC Japan’s made-for-boozing fried chicken in our near future.

Source: PR Times via Otakomu

Images: PR Times

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Another junk food post to make you fat. KFC is worthless in Japan chicken is so small.

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I don not like the highly priced, small KFC offerings.

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This looks pretty good to me. As for small servings, the Japanese don't gorge themselves like Americans do. When I lived in Japan I ate all I wanted to of really good food and returned to the US skinnier and happy for the experience.

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price is pretty reasonable since prices are high everywhere. tasted way better than kfc us.

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KFC,Mac,Mos,are pretty much done here now due to extortionate pricing.

Shop local,avoid the unnecessary packaging,too

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I've never had KFC in Japan, but here in Canada I used to buy it occasionally (not anymore), and enjoy a beer with it. So what could the company possibly do to it in Japan to make it go with beer? It already does! This isn't innovation, it's desperate marketing.

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The Lawson spicy crispy is excellent with beer. No need to order all that other junk.

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Fami-chiki entered the chat

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Talk about trying to reinvent the wheel...almost anything fried goes well with booze. No need to tweak a tried and tested formula.

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Another junk food post to make you fat. KFC is worthless in Japan chicken is so small.

That can only happen if you sit on your lazy butt all day on the couch with a bucket, then yes, you will get fat, but the majority of people don't eat it like that, so if you eat it in moderation then it is ok, no problem, the problem for me about KFC in Japan mainly is, the price, kindy high, but they do know chicken IMPO. Just wished they mashed potatoes and gravy in Japan.

The Lawson spicy crispy is excellent with beer. No need to order all that other junk.

Yeah, I have a problem with chicken sitting all day under the light, prepackaged, and most of all, their chicken has fatty, greasy skin most of the time, but if people like that, more power to them.

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that fried thing next to the that supposed to be chicken?

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I don't get why these chicken tenders are so expensive. The habanero spicy tender from family mart absolutely blows the kfc ones out of the water at half the price.

Recently I discovered a butcher near my house that sells chicken katsu for half the price of a piece of kfc. It's much better, fresher and feels good supporting a local business. KFC is really trying to push themselves into the Dominos price bracket, but in a country with so much good fried chicken available they are being fools.

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