KFC Adds Durian Chicken Nuggets to Menu in China

KFC has added nuggets made with durian, the infamous stinky fruit, to menu in China.

Four-piece durian chicken nuggets meals are available for 11.50 Chinese yuan ($1.60) or as part of a snack platter including wings, fries, and a Pepsi for about $8.30. The name is a little misleading, though: While they're fried and breaded on the outside, the nuggets are filled with a hot, oozing durian paste, not of chicken.

Reaction has been mixed: On Chinese social media platform Weibo, one user liked how the savory nugget balanced with the sweet durian. Another enjoyed the "fragrant burst of flavor."

KFC durian
Nicknamed the "king of fruits," the durian has an odor some people have compared to raw sewage. KFC China

But on RADII China, reviewer Calvin Kung said the snack "underdelivered."

"It was your average chicken nugget with a sliver of durian sludge," he explained. "The outside flavoring of nugget is so strong, not even the mighty durian can win this battle for your 'buds."

"The durian taste is so faint, you wonder if they just killed a chicken that happened to eat durian," he added. "There's a reason durians don't grow in Kentucky."

KFC is China's largest fast-foot chain, with over 5,900 locations in the country. KFC China is more known for its fast-food takes on Chinese dishes like rice congee and egg tarts, and has recently expanded to include Chinese street food like chuan and lou mei.

Back in America, KFC recently partnered with Beyond Meat to create plant-based boneless wings and nuggets. The items were sold at one Atlanta location and sold out in less than five hours, with people waiting two hours in a line that wrapped around the building.

2 hour wait and line wrapped around the building at @kfc for this Vegan chicken here in ATL y'all. They cut off the drivethrough and will be sold out by 3pm. #BeyondFriedChicken 🌱 pic.twitter.com/Fbt86rwZgk

— Ashley Renne (@HeyAshleyRenne) August 27, 2019