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KFC’s ‘finger-lickin’-good’ chicken heads to Sweden

US fast food chain KFC, formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is set to open in Sweden in 2014.

KFC's 'finger-lickin'-good' chicken heads to Sweden
Soon Swedes won't have to travel far for a taste of KFC fried chicken. File photo: AP

The planned introduction of KFC's "finger-lickin-good" fast food chicken to the Swedish market comes following a deal between Swedish franchise group Nordic Service Partners (NSP) and KFC-owner Yum! Brands.

The deal gives NSP franchising rights for KFC in Sweden, with the country's first KFC eatery to be opened in the Stockholm area sometime this year.

"We don't know exactly when or where yet as the deal was just signed. But I can tell you we want to open as soon as possible," NSP CEO Morgan Jallinder told The Local.

He added that NSP hopes to open five to six new KFCs in Sweden every year, and while the focus will remain on Sweden at first, Jalinder didn't rule out further expansion across Scandinavia.

NSP is already the largest Burger King franchise-owner in the Nordic region, operating 41 of the hamburger restaurants in Sweden and 17 in Denmark.

The new KFC franchise opening marks something or a re-entry to Sweden by the popular fast food chain. Back in 1981, a Kentucky Fried Chicken, as KFC was known at the time, opened on Sveavägen in Stockholm, but was later closed because it "failed to live up to KFC's high standards", according to NSP.

Jallinder explained that part of the decision to bring KFC back to Sweden was that chicken consumption in the country has more than doubled since the early 1980s.

"Our research found that chicken is the second most popular food that people eat at home in Sweden behind spaghetti and meat sauce," he said.

"And right now there are plenty of burger restaurants in Sweden, but there's no restaurant concept that focus solely on chicken."

Jallinder hopes to supply Swedish KFCs with fresh chicken from Sweden.

"We're currently exploring the prices for Swedish chicken, but we also know there is a functioning supply chain for KFCs elsewhere in Europe," he said.

KFC is one of the world's largest fast food chains, with more than 19,000 restaurants in 112 countries.
 

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CHICKEN

How to make a Swedish chicken and strawberry salad

Ate too much during Midsummer? This weekend is the perfect occasion to cook a light Swedish recipe. Food writer John Duxbury's recipe for chicken salad with strawberry is a surprising taste sensation.

How to make a Swedish chicken and strawberry salad
Chicken and strawberry: a better combination than it may seem. Photo: SwedishFood.com

Summary

Serves: 2 to 4

Level: very easy

Preparation: 15 minutes (including 10 minutes of cooking)

Tips

If you don't have any white balsamic vinegar you could use another vinegar such as ordinary balsamic, raspberry, cider or äppelvinäger med lingon (available from IKEA).

You can use any salad leaves. I like a mixture of rocket, spinach and watercress.

You can use hot chicken if you prefer.

You can make more salad dressing as it will keep it in a jar in the fridge for a week or two.

Ingredients

100g (4 oz) streaky bacon, cut into 1cm long pieces

100g (4 oz) salad leaves

1 tsp white balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp salad oil such as rapeseed oil or olive oil

1 tsp strawberry cordial (optional)

100g (4 oz) chicken breast, cooked roughly diced

100g (4 oz) strawberries, hulled and halved

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Put a frying pan on a medium heat and when hot fry the bacon pieces for 4 or 5 minutes, stirring from time to time until evenly browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon on to some kitchen paper and pat dry.

2. While the bacon is frying, whisk the vinegar, oil and strawberry cordial (syrup) together and then pour over the salad leaves. Toss the salad until the leaves are evenly coated.

3. Add two thirds of the chicken, bacon pieces and strawberries to the salad and toss thoroughly.

4. Garnish with the remaining chicken, bacon and strawberries.

5. Grind some black pepper over the salad and serve.

This recipe was originally published on food writer John Duxbury's Swedish Food website