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How Do You Eat Your Classic Chicken and Gravy Combo?

August 17, 2018

There’s nothing more classic than a chicken and gravy combination, especially the one at KFC. The chicken is iconic—with its distinct 11 herbs and spice—but in the Philippines, its peppery, creamy gravy is just as legendary. But how do you enjoy this pair? We’ve listed down all the ways we chow down on this combo—tell us which one’s closest to your style in the comments below!

The Classic


A duo that’s as iconic as this deserves to be treated with respect, plain and simple. This is the way almost everyone eats their chicken and gravy—with a mound of white rice, taken apart by spoon and fork so that their ratios perfectly match. One part meat, one part skin, one part gravy: that’s the perfect way it should be eaten.

Gravy Train


There’s a very specific subset of people who enjoy the fact that KFC has a dispenser full of gravy at their disposal. You’ve seen the memes—entire plates filled with so much gravy, that it’s about to spill over. These folks make gravy their ulam, and make the chicken the side, instead of the other way around. Their rice is covered in gravy, their chicken is basically swimming in the stuff. Who’s to question their methods, when KFC’s gravy is so rich and decadent?

All Hands on Deck


KFC’s chicken and gravy combo is just that good, that many people revert back to days of yore and eschew the spoon and fork and attack it with their bare hands. Every good Filipino knows the pleasures of kamayan, and it definitely applies to the primal deliciousness that KFC chicken evokes. When a hot plate of the classic combo is placed in front of you, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting utensils ever existed.

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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