Review: Honey Butter Biscuit Tenders from Church’s Chicken
fIf you’re asking me, the combination of fried chicken, biscuits and honey butter sounds like a match made in heaven. So I guess it should come as no surprise that the two iconic southern flavors should come together at Church—Church’s Chicken, that is. Here’s my review of new Honey Butter Biscuit Tenders.Now that the Lenten fish craze is behind us, the Texas-based chain is getting back to what it does best with a limited time only take that marries their “all white-meat crispy chicken tenders with the flavors of their honey butter biscuits.”All egregiously-forced puns aside, Honey Butter Biscuit Tenders sounded too good to be true. There is, after all, a reason Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Minis are so popular. When it comes to Church’s offering, I picked up an order or three tenders and a honey-butter biscuit for $2.99. Since the woman working at the counter told me Church’s crinkle-cut fries just came out of the fryer, I also added fries.I wanted to compare the taste of the Honey Butter Biscuit Tenders to the regular tenders, so I asked that one of my tenders be the original crispy flavor. For whatever reason, the classic tender was a bit meatier than the honey butter tenders, which have a darker shade and come with Church’s honey butter sauce. The Honey Butter Biscuit Tenders didn’t feel any more oily or sticky than the regular tender, and it definitely didn’t taste like the delicious sticky-sweet sauce that covered my biscuit. The batter also wasn’t as crispy or corn-flaky as the regular tender, but the inside meat did taste a bit drier (although it thankfully was all white-meat.) I munched on the tenders hoping that I’d eventually get hints of sweetness or the creamy, savory taste of butter, but none emerged. Likewise, I didn’t really get any tastes of biscuit batter from the breading.Still, the tenders had a nice crispy crust and made for good dipping in Church’s honey butter, which has a sticky-sweet texture and buttery flavor that is delicious on its own and especially good on fries. The fries, coincidentally, were the saving grace of the meal, and had a terrific salty crunch and robust potato flavor.Church’s Honey Butter Biscuit Chicken Tenders are an awesome idea in a chicken tender market that usually trends toward hot and spicy adaptations for limited time only menu items, but the flavor execution fails miserably. While you’re still getting a decent chicken tender (not to mention a pillowy biscuit that is covered a delicious honey butter glaze) the tenders themselves fail to deliver flavors of either the biscuit or the honey butter sauce, and instead make for a weak showing compared with Church’s classic tenders. With distinct but separate tastes of my tenders and the biscuit that came on the side, I walked out of Church’s with the impression that this marriage in flavors just wasn’t meant to be.
Pros: Good crispy crust. All white meat. Comes with delicious honey butter dipping sauce and a honey butter biscuit on the side.
Cons: Not as much meat as the regular tenders. Slightly dried out. No distinguishable flavors of honey butter or biscuit in the breading.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $2.99 for three tenders and a biscuit
Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10
More Info: Churchs.com