Review: Cheetos Chicken Fries from Burger King
Even though I’ve thrown plenty of hate towards Burger King in recent years, they’re great at grabbing my attention. They’ve become the Jelly Belly of fast food restaurants by putting familiar flavors in unfamiliar forms. BK’s latest innovation borrows Mac n’ Cheetos and Chicken Fries to give us new Cheetos Chicken Fries.Cheetos Chicken Fries are described by Burger King like this:
Cheetos Chicken Fries are made with white meat chicken like original Chicken Fries, and are covered in a crispy Cheetos-flavored breading and cooked to crispy perfection so that they have a dangerously cheesy outside and made with juicy white meat chicken inside.
Although I don’t usually go into trying to Burger King menu items with a lot of optimism, there’s still an underlying hope that I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I really want to come away pleased to report back that BK impressed me. I know most of you would be shocked if I laid praise on the King and I’m sorry to report there won’t be any of that today. The latest creation is just more of the same.If you’ve had Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos, you might be of a similar opinion that the exterior crust didn’t taste much like Cheetos. With Cheetos Chicken Fries, it’s more of the same. It’s got a muted cheddar flavor to it, but it’s a flat taste that seems to be the opposite of the impact actual Cheetos provide. That subtle taste is probably not a bad thing since the idea of Cheetos and chicken doesn’t really seem appealing anyway. With that said, what was the whole point of Cheetos Chicken Fries if not highlighting the cheesy flavor of Cheetos? I found the tight, crispy texture of Mac n’ Cheetos to be one of its few highlights and that didn’t transition over to Cheetos Chicken Fries. The texture remains pretty much exactly like every other Chicken Fries product with the same amount of white meat chicken interior. Without the Cheetos aspect of it, the product is fine, but it’s easily my least favorite in the line of Chicken Fries products so far. The thing of it is… I think Chicken Fries are a good product for Burger King and one that has definitely grown on me over the years. My favorite would have to be Buffalo Chicken Fries with their surprisingly tasty Buffalo wing sauce seasoned crust. Fiery Chicken Fries were decent, and even Chicken Fries Rings could be considered one of BK’s few wins. Cheetos Chicken Fries is one of those ideas that was made possible just because it was possible. BK already teamed up with the Cheetos snack once so why not again… and likely again and again.
At a price of $3.29 for 9 Cheetos Chicken Fries, the value is about average as a stand alone novelty LTO. When you compare it to BK’s 10 nuggets for $1.49 deal, Cheetos Chicken Fries look like a ripoff. There’s multiple strikes against this product that leads me to put them at the bottom of my Chicken Fries list. The Cheetos flavor is ineffective plus when you take into consideration that there’s a good number of dipping sauces and none of them really vibe well, Cheetos Chicken Fries have a tough hill to climb. I’m cringing at the thought of Cheetos dipping sauce, but at least it would show me a little more effort was put into this. Yes, BK is all about the mashup strategy and it will continue. Most of us are still waiting for the Chicken Fries Dog… then the Cheetos Chicken Fries Dog most likely.
Pros: Grubbing on the go. Packaging. I like that there's still a fast food place that takes risks and keeps us entertained.
Cons: Cheetos flavor fell flat. It's tough to find a dipping sauce that works well with Cheetos Chicken Fries.
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 280
Total Fat - 18 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 890 milligrams
Carbs - 16 grams
Protein - 14 grams