All-you-can-eat-fried chicken coming to KFC Japan just in time for the 4th of July

TOKYO —

It may not be the most sophisticated meal, and there’s really no way you can twist the nutritional facts to call it particularly healthy, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a purer, simpler gastronomic joy than a bucket of fried chicken.

But you know what makes the image at left all the more beautiful? The large-font Japanese text smack dab in the middle of it, the part that says “tabehodai,” or, in English, “all you can eat.”

Taking a page from Burger King’s endless Whopper promotion, KFC Japan has announced that for two days this summer, you can have all the fried chicken you can eat for 45 minutes for a measly 1,280 yen. The popular chain is being so generous that the price also includes French fries, a soft drink, and free refills of both, as well.

The promotion is part of KFC’s celebration of the anniversary of the chain’s founding , and can be taken advantage of at all 537 branches in Japan on July 3 and 4. Every restaurant will be serving up KFC’s original recipe, and while the Kentadon rice bowl isn’t on offer as part of this deal, select locations are even being so magnanimous as to include the option of extra spicy red hot chicken (the list of those that do can be found here.

There are a couple of catches, though. First, only a limited number of people can take advantage of this deal at each location. KFC Japan started accepting reservations on June 14. The company also says that those branches which don’t fill up all their slots with advance signups may also accept hungry walk-ins on the days of the promotion on a first-come, first-served basis.

Diners won’t be able to choose which cut of chicken they’d like in each refill, because it’s logistically impossible for any restaurant group to obtain that many drumsticks. Finally, although KFC sells the majority of its chicken in Japan as takeout, you can’t take any portion of your all-you-can-eat chicken home with you. While this means you won’t be able to take home enough leftovers to feed your family for the week, each paying adult can also bring one child, aged 3 to 6, along with them, free of charge, for the all-you-can eat deal. Additional kids in the same age bracket can be tacked on for 600 yen each.

Sources: Jin, KFC Japan

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  • 2

    bass4funk

    If only they had mashed potatoes with gravy, some green beans, I would go immediately! Heck, I'd probably even call in sick!

  • 6

    Pukey2

    Heck, I'd probably even call in sick!

    While you're at it, tell the boss you expect to be sick for 3 days!

  • 0

    bass4funk

    @pukey

    That's why, I will load up on the Pepto magnesium!

  • 2

    Scrote

    each paying adult can also bring one child, aged 3 to 6, along with them, free of charge

    Isn't that some sort of child abuse?

  • 0

    ryuusei

    Not any different from a lot of American buffets; KFCs in Japan are actually quite nice!

  • 1

    roosterman77

    2 pieces of KFC chicken is the max for me. The thought of any more makes me sick let alone tabehodai.

  • 0

    sensei258

    "Diners won’t be able to choose which cut of chicken they’d like" So instead of throwing it away (as they do at closing time), they'll make you pay $12 for a few pieces of it. Good deal for them.

  • 0

    FizzBit

    It could have been an old oil day but the last time I had KFC in the States it wasn't that good.

  • 1

    Reckless

    When I first came to this grand country in 1993 KFC was a beacon of hope, delight and happiness. Now I just can't handle all that salt. It causes my blood pressure to spike and gives me pimples even at this age. Other than that it tastes pretty darn good.

  • 0

    Serrano

    I had 4 pieces of KFC for the first time in maybe 2 years the other day. It was very tasty, but that night I had to take a few antacid tablets, and why aren't those sold in Japan, anyway? Sheesh...

  • 1

    SenseNotSoCommon

    each paying adult can also bring one child, aged 3 to 6, along with them, free of charge

    why not give them a free cigarette or wrap of meth while you're at it?

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