Make Your Own Famous Bowl

Make Your Own Famous Bowl


A few months ago, I fell in love with Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Famous Bowl. If you love comfort food, then you probably have enjoyed Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Famous Bowl, too. It isn’t always economical or feasible to dash out to town to grab one at KTF, so I decided to see if I could come up with a home-grown version that would satisfy that comfort food desire.

This is my version and we love to make it because it’s so quick and simple. Most of all, we don’t have to leave home to have it for a meal.

Making Ingredient Decisions

I don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking, mostly because I don’t start until I’m hungry. Oftentimes, I force myself to stop writing to venture into the kitchen to find something for our meal(s). My husband is very good about preparing meals, but I try to pull my weight in kitchen duties.

Ways to Fix Mashed Potatoes

There are several ways you can approach making this dish. I take the fast and easy route. For example, you could boil real potatoes and then mash them.

You may have a different instant potato brand you prefer. For us, the Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes brand comes the closest to real mashed potato with its texture and taste.

Some people prefer the taste of roasted garlic potatoes for this recipe. You may decide to add a few mashed roasted garlic cloves to your potatoes. I especially love roasted garlic potatoes, but use plain mashed potatoes for this recipe.

Chicken Bites

What you use for the chicken bites is also a matter of taste. Some people may prefer to fry their own seasoned chicken pieces cut up bite sizes.

Again, for me, I’m looking for fast and easy, Simmons Signature Southern Style Chicken Bites have the closest taste to KFC’s chicken bowl and we absolutely love this brand. I typically use the microwave since I’m in a hurry.

Cheese Choices

We love the taste of sharp and very sharp cheddar cheese. We often buy white cheddar blocks. You may prefer to use three cheese blends. Again, it’s your taste choice.

I rarely buy packaged shredded cheese, mostly because of the cost factor, but also, for our taste, we’ve found that most shredded cheeses just don’t have the same taste as block cheese. I grate the cheese for this recipe using a Ninja bullet. It only takes 2-3 turns.

Whole Kernel Corn

You can use either canned or frozen whole kernel corn. Be sure that you select corn that is crunching and tastes fresh to give your dish the best taste factor.


There are several gravy choices. I use whatever is on hand. Sometimes it might be a gravy I have in the freezer or I may turn to a mix, such as a brown gravy mix, homestyle gravy or a poultry gravy mix. This is a matter of personal taste.

Keep in Stock for Quick Fix

The only way this copycat dish will serve you is to have the ingredients on hand, so you can grab and fix. That does require a little pre-planning, but if you shop in volume, you can keep these ingredients in the freezer, refrigerator and the pantry.

These are the ingredients I use:

  • Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes (3.24 lbs.) from Sam’s Club.
  • Simmons Signature Southern Style Chicken Bites (3.5 lb.) frozen from Sam’s Club.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded or block
  • Canned or Frozen whole kernel corn (make sure you use corn that is crisp to taste)
  • McCormick Brown Gravy Mix, McCormick® Homestyle Country Gravy Mix, or McCormick Poultry Gravy Mix


  • Heat chicken bites according to package directions, either in the oven or microwave.
  • Make mashed potatoes according to direction on box.
  • Grate cheddar cheese
  • Prepare and heat corn, either canned or frozen
  • Mix gravy.

Create Your Bowl of Deliciousness

You can either mix one large dish or do as we by creating individual bowls.

  • Spoon mashed potatoes into individual bowls.
  • Add pieces of fried chicken.
  • Spoon in corn.
  • Pour rivulets of gravy over top.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese over dish.

If you’re a butter freak like I am when it comes to mashed potatoes, you can add a pat or two of butter to appease that butter taste.

Serve hot.

Makes Great Leftovers

You can mix the remaining ingredients together and store in the refrigerator. Simply reheat in the microwave when you wish to indulge in these comfort food leftovers.

photos: jeffreyw, David Kessler, and Kimberly Vardeman.


AuthorSally Painter

"Everyone can have a beautiful home decor. It just takes a little creativity," says author and freelance writer Sally Painter. This former commercial and residential designer is also a Feng Shui practitioner and believes that, "Everything you choose to put in your home should resonate with you emotionally. If it doesn't - get rid of it!"