KFC — yes, that KFC, the artist formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken — is testing Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts, a new chicken sandwich and doughnut combo in three very exclusive markets and the Richmond area is one of the select few.
KFC this week announced the new menu item (doughnuts), which launched Monday in Norfolk, Richmond and Pittsburgh. It is available only for a limited time.
But the Richmond locations are actually all outside of the city .
According to KFC, the Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts special is available locally at only seven locations spread across Chesterfield and Powhatan counties and Hopewell, Petersburg and Colonial Heights.
“KFC worked closely with franchise partners to identify the best test locations for gauging customer feedback,” a KFC spokeswoman said. “They are being tested as a new product. KFC will evaluate these initial test market results carefully through customer and franchisee feedback and will use the results to determine the best way forward for a potential nationwide rollout.”
Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts is available as a basket meal, with chicken on the bone or chicken tenders and one doughnut for $5.49; a big basket meal with two donuts for $7.49; a chicken sandwich with two doughnuts as buns for $5.99; or a sandwich combo for $7.99; or customers can just add a doughnut to anything for $1.
“Through this test market, KFC is evaluating consumer appetite for bringing this growing food trend to its customers on a national scale,” according to a news release.
The doughnuts are the latest test menu item from the fast-food chicken chain. In August, it tested plant-based chicken nuggets at one restaurant in Atlanta that sold out in five hours.
KFC’s new doughnut chicken sandwich comes on the heels of Popeyes launching a new chicken sandwich that went viral. The sandwich sold out nationwide, causing Popeyes to remove it from the menu.
Here are the locations in Virginia serving Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts:
Powhatan: 1793A Southcreek One
Colonial Heights: 1620 Boulevard
Hopewell: 3011 Oaklawn Blvd.
Chester: 12321 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chesterfield: 10310 Iron Bridge Road
Petersburg: 3335A S. Crater Road; and 5420 Boydton Plank Road
Chesapeake: 139 Battlefield Blvd. South; 2212 S. Military Highway; and 3148 Western Branch Blvd.
Newport News: 12104 Jefferson Ave.; 15496 Warwick Blvd.; and 746 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Norfolk: 1716 Monticello Ave.; 1263 N. Military Highway; 199 W. Ocean View Ave.; and 3690 Sewells Point Road
Hampton: 207 W. Mercury Blvd.
Virginia Beach: 556 Newtown Road; 2072 S. Independence Blvd.; and 1010 Independence Blvd.