KFC Cooks Up Buckets Full Of Everyday Entertaining Tips

KFC and Value Expert Stephanie Nelson Unveil Value Tips for the Busy and Budget-Conscious

Louisville, KY – Between work, home and endless to-dos, it's often a struggle to put a meal on the dinner table without sacrificing time and budget. But watching the wallet doesn't have to mean giving up great taste. Together with value expert and mom Stephanie Nelson, KFC has created everyday entertaining tips to help save both time and money.

"From gas to grocery bills, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs," shares value expert Stephanie Nelson. "With a few simple tips you can host everything from a fabulous family dinner to a large gathering on a budget and it can start with something as simple as driving through a KFC."

To help alleviate the stress, KFC is introducing the Value Meal, a complete and affordable meal for today's value and time-conscious families. At less than $10, KFC's 7-Piece Value Meal includes everything needed for a family meal; seven pieces of Original Recipe Chicken, one large home-style side and four flaky buttermilk biscuits.

"We understand that it's more important than ever for Americans to stretch each dollar," said Javier Benito, executive vice president of marketing and food innovation for KFC. "But living on a budget and with a busy schedule doesn't have to mean sacrificing a great meal with friends and family. At just $9.99, KFC's Value Meal offers an easy and affordable solution. Combine with some of our upgrading tips at KFC.com and you've got yourself a five star dining experience."

Taking Take-Out to the Next Level

"While great on its own, upgrading take-out is a simple shortcut to preparing a spread that looks like it took hours to cook and a day's pay to buy," says Nelson. "With a few of my simple tips, it's easy to take take-out to the next level."

  • Spruce it up. Although an unbelievable value and finger-lickin' good taste on its own, even the Colonel's classics can be upgraded. For example, put the Original Recipe Chicken on a nice platter and garnish with parsley. Then put the large home-style side in its own dish and top with favorite kitchen staples for that "prepared-at-home" look. Try adding parmesan or blue cheese to the mashed potatoes or topping the macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs and paprika. For a twist on KFC's cole slaw, mix in red cabbage to add color or add a splash of vinegar for a unique taste.
  • Set the mood. Food is likely not the only draw to your favorite dining spot – atmosphere also plays a big role. Add some ambiance at home with candles, soft background music and other restaurant cues. You'll skip the big check at the end of the meal, but get the same effect.
  • Forego the Florist for Background Foliage. Everyone loves fresh flower and plant arrangements, but not the hefty price tag. Take pride in your gardening and decorate your entryway, kitchen and hallways with flowers from the yard. Not a gardener? Just trim a few branches from your holly or evergreen tree and arrange in a vase.

The KFC $10 Challenge

KFC urges Americans to test their grocery shopping skills and see if they can create a family meal for less than $10. With Colonel Sanders' secret herbs and spices, KFC knows families can't recreate this delicious meal for any price. For busy families on a budget, KFC's 7-Piece Value Meal is the only value offer that is a real family meal for less than $10 as it includes chicken, a side and biscuits for $9.99.

The special challenge kicked off September 28, 2008 when the KFC $10 Challenge television ad debuted nationally. The ad features an ordinary Mom and her two kids facing the everyday struggles of grocery shoppers nationwide. For more information on KFC's Value Meal, KFC's $10 Challenge ad and additional tips on entertaining on a budget, visit www.kfc.com.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™ and Colonel's Crispy Strips® with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 14,000 KFC outlets in more than 80 countries and territories around the world, serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.)

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