Watch Us Taste Test KFC’s New Mac and Cheese Bowl Against 3 Tough Competitors

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KFC Mac & Cheese bowl with fork

 KFC has excited the fast-food world with the launch of its new Mac and Cheese Bowl!

With this new menu item, KFC has elevated mac and cheese from side dish to entree status by topping it with Popcorn Nuggets for a punch of protein. Stetson, our Hip taste tester and lifelong mac and cheese lover, wanted to be among the first to try it alongside some of its toughest competitors.

Stetson says: I’ve always just been a fan of mac and cheese in general. I’m actually going to make one of the hardest decisions so far, with one of my favorite foods ever.

To simplify price comparisons, Stetson purchased the largest size available at each location. To see how the serving sizes compare, take a closer look at our contenders, and watch Stetson’s priceless reactions on the replay of his Facebook live video here!

Popeyes – $4.19

Stetson with Popeyes Mac and Cheese

Popeyes is definitely enjoying a moment in the spotlight thanks to its viral new chicken sandwich. We know their mac and cheese has a loyal following too, so we definitely wanted to include Popeyes’ version in our taste test!

Stetson says: Woo! OK, I did not expect that. I bit into Popeyes mac and cheese… and yikes, it was really salty. Like really salty. It’s for sure my least favorite mac and cheese. I’m not a fan. It’s not completely awful, and on a positive note is really creamy…. but oh so VERY salty. If you like salt and want to eat spoonfuls of it, Popeyes is for you.

Watch the live video, and let Stetson’s face tell the story of just how salty Popeyes’ mac and cheese really is. 😂

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Chick-fil-A – $6.19

Stetson with Chick-fil-A mac and cheese

Similar to the KFC Mac and Cheese Bowl, Chick-fil-A’s mac and cheese is also a new menu item. It debuted earlier this month to rave reviews. It was love at first taste for Stetson when he sampled it a couple of weeks ago, but when he lined it up next to its delicious competitors (all of which happened to be more affordable), it definitely lost some of its luster.

Stetson says: This is really good mac and cheese. I recommend it. But at $6.19, I think the price is a little outrageous. It tastes good, but I wouldn’t go out and buy mac and cheese for $6.19. I wouldn’t say it’s worth that much.

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Boston Market – $4.83

Stetson with Boston Market Mac and Cheese

Stetson really liked the taste of Boston Market’s mac and cheese, but it should be noted that they don’t use traditional elbow macaroni for their noodles. If you’re not a mac and cheese purist and spiralized noodles aren’t a dealbreaker for you, then this mac and cheese is definitely worth a try.

Stetson says: I had never heard of Boston Market until today, but their mac and cheese is really good… really cheesy. Coming in at $4.83, it tastes really good, and looking at it, I would have never guessed. The taste of this mac and cheese is identical to KFC’s.

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KFC – $4.19

man holding KFC Mac and Cheese Bowl

In the same vein as their original Famous Bowl, KFC’s mac and cheese is a mash-up of mac and cheese, popcorn chicken, and additional cheese melted on top. You can also order it spicy style, and have them drizzle their Nashville Hot sauce on top.

Stetson says: I love their famous bowl with mashed potatoes, and now they’ve got it with mac and cheese?! Coming in at $4.19, you save a little bit of money and you get chicken and extra cheese! I’m a huge fan of KFC’s mac and cheese famous bowl. I always eat mac and cheese pretty plain – as plain as I can get it, but the KFC mac and cheese bowl is so yummy! You get more bang for your buck and it tastes really good.

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KFC mac & cheese bowl

Looks like Stetson’s choice is KFC! While he loved Boston Market’s mac and cheese and thought it tasted just like KFC’s, the colonel knocked it out of the park by topping its mac and cheese with popcorn chicken and extra cheese. Some would argue that’s not a fair fight, but why argue with delicious food?

Stetson says: You get more bang for your buck with the chicken from KFC. Boston Market’s mac and cheese is really really good, but you might as well just go to KFC and get some chicken on top of it! I definitely recommend it.

Find out which of these 5 kid-tested boxed mac and cheese brands ranked the best!

About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 25

  1. OregonLexy

    I want to try it out with the spicy chicken 😋

    • Jessica (Hip' Sidekick)

      Oh, that sounds YUMMY!

  2. Brandi

    Tried the KFC Mac and cheese bowl last night and although I have not tried the others listed, I found it to be delicious and very filling!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Glad to hear you enjoyed that one, Brandi!

  3. Teachthis

    Chick fil a’s Mac and Cheese is just plain. The first two bites were ok but when you continue to eat it it’s nothing to brag about.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the honest comment. I haven’t tried it yet!

  4. Denise

    I’m going to give the kfc one a try thanks Stetson

    • Jessica (Hip' Sidekick)

      I’m a fan! I hope you like it, Denise!

  5. Savvysaver

    Has he tried the Popeyes chicken sandwich? I’m tired of all the social media hype behind it lol

    • Jessica (Hip' Sidekick)

      I had the Popeyes chicken sandwich and it was so worth all the hype!!

      • Kellie

        I had the chicken sandwich from Popeye’s as well and it was amazing!! The chicken was thick and the breading so crispy and well seasoned.

  6. Sourkisses

    I love Stetson’s food reviews, loved the last one he did as well. Thanks Hip2Save

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SO glad to hear that! Thanks a ton for the feedback! 💖🙌

  7. Nikki

    Could you do taste testing from more healthier places? They are usually more expensive than junk food, so the reviews would be much appreciated!

    • Jessica (Hip' Sidekick)

      I’ll pass this along to the team, Nikki! Thanks for the comment!

  8. Loves2shop

    That is Stouffers mac and cheese at KFC.

    • Lori

      Really? No wonder it’s good.

  9. Sara

    Can you get it with the Rocky Mountain BBQ sauce instead of the Nashville Hot sauce?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Good question. You could always ask about that at your location. Hope this helps!

  10. Nita

    Mac n cheese is just too cheap n easy to make from scratch to spend so much for it at a fast food place,.. imho..

    • Monica

      Agreed. You can make it in the time it takes to boil the pasta. Really simple.

  11. lk

    Prices are just outrageous these days aren’t they? As someone mentioned, a frozen Stouffers on sale would be a better deal.
    Thanks for the comparison.

  12. 1withthelord

    Can I just say I love how raw and honest he is. The spoonful of salt had me about spit my coffee out. Love it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      LOL! 😂 I know! So funny! SO glad you enjoyed the review!

  13. Sara

    I tried the regular mac and cheese bowl at KFC today in a $5 Fill Up. It was in a Flavors of the South rectangular container instead of a bowl. There was no cheese melted on top, and they added corn for some reason. It tasted good.

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