Review: Mighty Wings from McDonald’s
Hey, would you look at that, back to back reviews with a product dubbed “Mighty”. Fresh off my review of Arby’s Mighty Minis, I’m here to cover a much anticipated new product from McDonald’s… Mighty Wings. Bone-in chicken wings from the Golden Arches aim to grab some of the market share away from KFC and Popeyes. KFC has Hot Wings and Popeyes has Spicy Cajun Wings available on limited time runs and new Mighty Wings wants in on the action.
McDonald’s Mighty Wings are described like this:
Mighty Wings are a natural bone-in chicken wing that comes in two varieties, a drummette or a wingette. They are lightly breaded providing a crispy bite of home-style flavor seasoned with cayenne and chili pepper delivering a solid spicy kick. For a customized flavor experience, customers can pair their wings with one of nine sauces, ranging from sweet to tangy to bold & spicy.
McDonald’s Mighty Wings are available in three portion sizes. There’s a 3-pc for $2.99, a 5-pc for $4.79 and a 10-pc for $8.99. Per wing you’re looking at around $0.99 each for the 3-pc, $0.96 each for the 5-pc, and $0.90 each for the 10-pc. My local McDonald’s in Maryland had a 5-pc Mighty Wing Meal for $6.79. Each Mighty Wing clocks in at around 96 calories. Familiar sauces available for Mighty Wings include Chipotle Barbeque, Creamy Ranch, Honey Mustard, Hot Mustard, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet Chili, Sweet ‘N Sour, Honey and Tangy Barbeque Sauce.
Time for some preconceived notions: Even though I’ve been anticipating a national release of Mighty Wings ever since their test market days, I haven’t really been looking forward to trying them on a personal level. Like I mentioned in a recent episode of The Nosh Show, where I gave them a “NOT” in our Nosh or Not segment, the price sticks out to me as pretty steep. The classic Chicken McNuggets are priced at $4.99 for the 20-piece portion currently so paying $4.79 for a 5-piece Mighty Wings feels very unbalanced. For the smallest portion you’re paying a dollar per Mighty Wing… can you imagine the option of one Mighty Wing appearing on the Dollar Menu? I guess it’s a positive commentary for the many value options on the McDonald’s menu currently that make Mighty Wings seem so out of place. Bone-in chicken wings also seem a little far out for McDonald’s. I understand bone-in chicken wings are standard fast food grub for places that specialize in fried chicken like KFC and Popeyes, but as a normal consumer they don’t seem to mesh well with the rest of McDonald’s products. The way I felt about Mighty Wings at McDonald’s is right on par with the way I felt when Burger King was selling BK Ribs.
While I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards Mighty Wings, for review purposes, Mighty Wings definitely need to be sampled and judged. When it came to order my Mighty Wings, I decided to go with the 5-pc portion for $4.79. I was asked what kind of sauce I’d like and with nine to choose from and no list on the drive-thru menu board I just asked “What do you have?” like a complete McDonald’s amateur. The lady said, “same as the nugget sauces”. Thanks, big help. I guess I shouldn’t have expected her to rattle off my 9 sauce options and I ended up just going with BBQ. I actually didn’t end up using any sauce and just had the wings as they came. After now experiencing Mighty Wings, I’d probably have to recommend Creamy Ranch to balance out the heat. Upon first view I’m thinking I won’t be filling up on these 5 Mighty Wings the way I’d be satiated by spending 20-cents more for 20 McNuggets… not even close. Also I was a little disappointed that I only received one drummette and the rest wingettes. Mighty Wings are sized like a typical Buffalo wing, but they aren’t overly meaty. The bulk of the Mighty Wing size comes from the piled on thick, crunchy, seasoned breading. The breading is a hearty greasy crust that will provide a crumbly mess so needless to say, not a good option for grubbing on the go. As for flavor, the seasoning of cayenne and chili pepper do provide that “solid spicy kick” as described in the promo. These Mighty Wings work without the need for dipping sauce as the peppery breading has more than enough flavor.
In closing, I’m likely not going to be a repeat buyer of McDonald’s Mighty Wings. They seemed out of place for McDonald’s when I first heard about them, and now that I’ve had a chance to try them, my thoughts have been confirmed. If you like spicy chicken, you should give them a fair try, but to me I think there are better options available that are likely a lot cheaper. I’ll stick with nostalgia and McNuggets when I want a McDonald’s chicken fix.
Pros: Enough peppery flavor to work without sauce, but Creamy Ranch would work. A spicy chicken option at McDonald's.
Cons: Overly crusty breading makes up most of the size. Need a meatier wing! Not a good value. Only one drummette out of my 5-piece order.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.75/10
Price: $4.79 for 5
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.com
Three piece – 290 calories
Five piece – 480 calories
Ten piece – 960 calories