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Kenny’s Phoenix Chicken Meal @ Kenny Rogers Roasters

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Kenny Rogers Roasters – The healthier alternative

When I told everyone at Red FM that our first restaurant for the year would be Kenny Rogers Roasters, they looked at me in bewilderment. “Since when do you review fast food restaurants?” asked Terry. He wasn’t complaining, just curious!

I explained to him that no, Kenny Rogers Roasters was not a fast food restaurant, but rather a chain that provides ‘The healthier alternative’.

“Kenny Rogers ROASTERS was originally set up by popular Country and Western singer, Kenny Rogers, and former Governor of the state of Kentucky, John Y Brown Jr, in 1991. Seeing an opportunity to provide healthy and delicious food in a restaurant environment, Kenny Rogers ROASTERS opened its first restaurant in Coral Spring, Florida, in August of 1991.”

(Berjaya Roasters (M) Sdn. Bhd. is the franchise holder for Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (“KRR”) in Malaysia. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berjaya Group Berhad and was incorporated in 1994.)

It’s a mid-casual dining restaurant, with a focus on rotisserie chicken, constantly turned on a skewer, allowing the fat to drain away and the chicken to be roasted more evenly while maximizing the retention of juices and nutrients. Kenny Rogers Roasters prides itself of giving you a simple, flavourful and nutritional meal that is essentially the healthier alternative and less fattening.

“Less fat… less salt… lee calories…”

That infamous slogan is plastered over every branch of Kenny Rogers Roasters. And rightly so! I’ve you’ve got it, flaunt it!

15 years after its birth in Malaysia, the thriving chain still offers you its ‘All Time Favourites’ like Roasted Chicken Salad – Fresh crisp lettuce, onion, cucumber & egg tossed with our special thousand island dressing topped with sliced roasted chicken, served with Kenny’s Home-made Muffin.

Terry and I braved the after work traffic and landed ourselves in the Kenny Rogers Roasters at Empire Gallery, Subang Jaya.

We had lovely hosts that evening who made sure our experience was every bit as fun and tasty as it should be.

I liked the sound of the classic Caesar Salad – Fresh crisp romaine lettuce, croutons and red onion rings tossed in our special caesar dressing topped with sliced roasted chicken and grated parmesan cheese, served with Kenny’s Home-made Muffin.

You also get a Country-style Soup, Garlic Bread and Veggie Sticks. If you can’t make up your mind on side dishes, then order the Round up Platter – a medley of 3 side dishes complemented with Kenny’s Home-made Muffin.

To make your life easier, Kenny Roger’s Roasters puts together a complete, wholesome meal on a plate for you. The Quarter Meal for the single eater (1/4 chicken, three sides, muffin), the Half Meal for sharing between two people (1/2 chicken, three sides, muffin), and the Family Meal, where you can dig into a whole chicken with four sides and four muffins.

Don’t forget to choose your sauce! Original, Black Pepper, Smoked BBQ… I wish I could have tried them all, but Terry and I were there for one reason.

Kenny’s Phoenix Chicken Meal returns to revitalize New Year Prosperity!

An oriental inspired style of preparation, the same good old fashioned Kenny Rogers way of cooking, and a couple of refreshing Mocktails complete the Chinese New Year package.

Terry and I felt the festive spirit engulf us as we sliced into freshly cooked rotisserie-roasted chicken, marinated in an exotic blend of spices and herbs. I could taste tomatoes, and I could taste capsicum. The rest of the marinade? Well, that’s a secret.

All I can tell you is that it’s rich, it’s tangy, it’s a little bit spicy, and it leaves your mouth tingling all over.

All Kenny’s Phoenix Chicken Meal’s come with the customary three side dishes. We mixed and matched and ended up with three different combinations from the ‘Fresh Hitz’ (cool) and Hot Hitz (hot) sides.


Don’t forget the special festive muffin called Kenny’s Golden Orange Muffin.

The muffin was moist and oh, so soft, and it smelt so good!

Wash all that down with Minty Passion Mocktail, a favourite that is back by popular demand, and a new flavour that can hold its own.

The Minty Strawberry Mocktail is a concoction of strawberry syrup infused with mint leaves, served on ice.

Terry and I were rather please with ourselves for (almost) finishing off everything on our plates. I must warn you, portions are generous, and at a mere RM17.90 for Kenny’s Phoenix Chicken Meal, you’ll be wishing you could fit more in.

Kenny Rogers Roasters, the healthier alternative. And as they say, possibly the “Greatest Chicken in the World!”

Thanks to Vanessa, Nikki, Cheryl, Kennie and the team at KRR Empire Gallery for your hospitality!

*Special thanks to Alvin ( for the beautiful photos.

Get yourself in the festive mood and head on down to a Kenny Rogers Roasters for Kenny’s Phoenix Chicken Meal! Win vouchers worth a total of RM100 when you tune in from Eleven2Three for the Big Red Food Review, with me Aly. Only on Red FM, Today’s Best Music!

This 12 January 2011, the annual ROASTERS EATING DAY (RED) is back! Wear RED, the colour of life, to celebrate good health and vitality through good eating and healthy living with Kenny Rogers Roasters (KRR). Wear RED to any KRR outlet on that day (one day only) and get 2 Kenny’s Quarter’s Meal for the price of one! *terms and conditions apply.

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Written by alyredfm

January 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Reviews

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