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A homemade version of the KFC Mashed Potato Bowl is easy to make at home in under 30 minutes! Top homemade mashed potatoes with crispy popcorn chicken, cheese, sweet corn, and a quick gravy for the ultimate copycat comfort food.

Try this favorite copycat next – Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets! They’d be perfect for this mashed potato bowl!

MAshed potatoes topped with corn, cheese, gravy adn popcurn chicken.
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Why We Love This Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal – This dinner is ready super fast with very little effort!
  • KFC Copycat – Make the fast food favorite easily at home and know exactly what you’re eating!
  • Perfect Use for Leftovers – This is a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes, gravy, and even chicken!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Making a KFC Mashed Potato Bowl only requires a handful of ingredients and it’s a great use of leftovers!

  • Bagged Frozen Popcorn Chicken – If you can’t find popcorn chicken you could use nuggets or tenders and cut them into smaller pieces. Shredded rotisserie chicken works great too. You can also try making your own baked homemade chicken nuggets.
  • Mashed PotatoesThis is a great way to use up leftovers! If you’re in a pinch, you could also buy the premade mashed potatoes from the deli section of your local grocery store. Just heat according to package directions.
  • Brown Gravy Mix – If you have leftover gravy (like from this chicken and gravy recipe, you can also use that! 
  • Garlic Powder and Onion Powder – This is added to the gravy mix for more flavor. If you’re using leftover gravy, then you won’t need these.
  • Frozen Corn
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese – You can swap in another shredded cheese, as well!

How To Make a Mashed Potato Bowl

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Just a quick prep of the ingredients and the Mashed Potato Bowls are ready to assemble and enjoy!

  1. Cook Popcorn Chicken – Follow the package directions or you can reheat other leftover chicken that you want to use.
  2. Make Gravy – Mix together the gravy mix and spices then whisk in the water and bring to a boil.
  3. Microwave Corn – To cook and season to taste
  4. Assemble Bowls – Start with mashed potatoes on the bottom of a bowl, then the chicken, shredded cheese, corn, and a final drizzle of gravy.
Popcorn chicken spread out on a baking sheet.
Brown gravy in a skillet.
Mashed potatoes in a bowl.
KFC Mashed potato bowl with popcorn chicken, cheese and corn and gravy.

Recipe FAQs

What is a KFC Bowl?

A KFC Bowl is a popular menu item at the KFC fast food chain consisting of mashed potatoes, corn, chicken nuggets, gravy, and shredded cheese. It’s a popular option, but is also easy to make at home!

What can I add to mashed potatoes for more flavor?

Mashed potatoes on their own (with cream, butter, and salt) are a favorite, but if you want to jazz up your mashed potatoes we like adding minced garlic, sour cream, cheese like parmesan or cream cheese, and fresh herbs like thinly sliced chives.

What is popcorn chicken?

Popcorn chicken is similar to chicken nuggets, but chicken nuggets are often made with ground chicken while popcorn chicken is made from smaller pieces of chicken breast that has a crispy breading.


Leftovers can be stored in separate containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave until heated through.

Expert Tips

  • Corn – For extra flavorful corn, add a tablespoon of butter before heating in the microwave. You could also heat your corn in a small pan on the stovetop. Add a few tablespoons of water and put a lid on over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. 
  • Make it Spicy – For a spicy kick, you can use your favorite hot sauce to top the bowl or to toss the chicken in when it comes out of the oven. 
  • Baked Casserole Version – You can make this into a casserole by placing all of the mashed potatoes in a greased casserole dish, topping with the chicken, corn, and cheddar cheese, and broiling just until the cheese is bubbly. Then either drizzle the whole thing with gravy or let each person put gravy on their individual portions. 

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Fork taking a pieces of popcorn chicken from a mashed potato bowl.

Copycat KFC Mashed Potato Bowls

KFC Mashed Potato Bowls you can make at home in 30 minutes! Top mashed potatoes with crispy popcorn chicken, cheese, corn, and a creamy gravy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 24 ounce bag of frozen popcorn chicken
  • 1 recipe homemade mashed potatoes kept warm
  • 2 .87 ounce packets brown gravy mix
  • 2 ¼ cups cold water
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  • Cook popcorn chicken according to package directions.
  • In a small saucepan add the gravy packets, garlic and onion powders, and a pinch of black pepper. Whisk in the water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for one minute. Taste to adjust seasoning. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  • Place the corn in a microwave safe bowl with a tablespoon of water and cover with plastic wrap or a microwave safe lid. Microwave for 1 – 1 ½ minutes, or until heated through, stirring once during cooking. Toss with a pinch of salt.
  • To serve; spoon about 1 cup of mashed potatoes into the bottom of a bowl. Top with 6 oz of the chicken, a few tablespoons of shredded cheese, ¼ cup of corn and drizzle with gravy. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.


Leftovers can be stored in separate containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave until heated through.

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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