Where to Find Information About Carbs at KFCA nutritional information brochure is available at all KFC restaurants. It won't tell you about custom options such as ordering a sandwich without the bun, but since sandwiches aren't the star attraction at KFC, it isn't that much of an issue.
Nutritional Information for KFC - Information, including carbohydrates, on all the standard KFC menu items. (Note that availability of items can vary substantially from one outlet to another.)
KFC Ingredient List - Includes allergy information on the menu items.
KFC's Grilled ChickenLow-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat dieters alike rejoiced in 2009 when KFC finally introduced grilled chicken, complete with the spice mixture that made KFC famous. Unfortunately, it still has wheat in it, so I had to rely on other tasters, who assured me that the flavor of the original KFC was there. (One person, who hadn't eaten KFC chicken in years, did say that it is not nearly as good as homemade grilled chicken.) And the good news is: Zero carbs are in the grilled chicken, as well as half the calories of "Original Recipe" and even more of a savings from "Extra Crispy" and "Hot & Spicy." For example, an Extra Crispy chicken breast has 17 grams of carbohydrate and almost 500 calories compared with 0 grams of carbs and 180 calories for a grilled breast.
However, the news isn't all great, as the chicken is still loaded with additives, including MSG and partially hydrogenated oils. This is true of all KFC Chicken. (Question to KFC: How hard would it be to make a grilled chicken that people with wheat allergies and gluten sensitivity can enjoy?)
KFC SaladsSalads are a decent low-carb meal option at KFC. The best choices are labeled "Roasted Chicken." For example, a Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad (without dressing or croutons) has three grams of usable carbohydrate, while a Chicken Caesar Salad, which uses lightly-breaded chicken, has 7 grams. A Roasted Chicken BLT Salad has 4 grams usable carbohydrate, while a Chicken BLT Salad has 9 grams and a Crispy Chicken BLT Salad as 11 grams. (To make the calculation of "useable" carbohydrate, I have subtracted fiber from the total.)
KFC salads (both meal salads and side salads) are a mixture of Iceberg and Romaine lettuces. The salads except for the Caesar salads also include chopped tomatoes.
Salad Dressings - KFC has better options than most fast food restaurants in terms of salad dressings without a lot of sugar. The best choice is the Buttermilk Ranch dressing at just one gram of carbohydrate per packet. However, avoid the fat-free version, which has a lot of added sugar, to the tune of eight grams per packet. The other low-carb choice is the Light Italian dressing with two grams of carbs. The Creamy Parmesan has four grams. And, of course, skip the croutons.