The Chicken Change at Taco Bell

Taco Bell had a bit of a mini-makeover with their steak some years back, and along with the soon-to-be-released Cantina Bell menu, the chicken looks to be following suit.  Right now the Taco Bell menu describes their chicken as “marinated all-white-meat chicken” while the Cantina Bell menu describes the chicken as “Citrus Herb-marinated chicken”.  The Cantina Bell menu doesn’t go nationwide until July 5th and my local Taco Bell isn’t an early adapter to the new grub.  While this is the case, it looks like the Citrus Herb-marinated chicken might be the new standard to be used in all products.  Well, if this tiny sign on the drive-thru menu board has anything to do with that speculation.

I’ve never been wowed by the chicken at Taco Bell… sure I’d order chicken products almost every time I’d go, but if there were any standouts in the taste of a Chicken Chalupa Supreme or Chicken Grilled Stuft Burrito, it definitely wasn’t the chicken.  I’m excited by this potential change menu-wide and look forward to trying the Cantina Bell offerings in a couple of weeks.  “More Flavor To Love” is something I can support.  And yes I obviously snapped this photo at the drive-thru and I’m kicking myself for this being probably the one time I don’t order something with chicken.  Go figure.  (what I ordered… if you’re curious: 2 Fresco Steak Burrito Supremes and a Fresco Crunchy Beef Taco)

37 comments on “The Chicken Change at Taco Bell

  1. Rick says:

    I don’t mind the chicken now. I wonder how the new chicken will taste ensconced in cheese in my chicken quesadilla post-July 5th…

  2. somesteve says:

    seems very promising.

  3. Bill says:

    Not a fan of the new chicken cantina line

  4. Hilary says:

    The new chicken is awful. My 9 year old couldn’t eat another bite. I’m sorry but I like my salt. I tried all of their sauces to make it taste good, but nothing helped. I don’t eat fast food very often but if I’m going to eat it, I want it to taste good. Yuck, Yuck and more Yuck. I will never eat at Taco Bell again. And it used to be my favorite fast food restaurant.

  5. maxchain says:

    Hey, Fresco’s nothing to be ashamed of. That Fresco-style witchcraft of theirs can make even the Bean Burrito interesting.

  6. richard says:

    Notice the bottom of the image. Taco bell wants it’s customers to GROW!!!

  7. ExEater says:

    I concur, the new chicken is horrible! It looks like it’s made out of rubber and tastes like rotten egg. I used to enjoy Taco Bell, but I won’t ever go there again.

  8. chad says:

    This new chicken is disgusting. I used to eat the chicken there all the time, now I never go there. AVOID!!

  9. Ken says:

    Yeah the new chicken is horrific. I already had to stop eating the ground beef because of the terrible things it does to my stomach, but I now have to eat steak only from here on out because the chicken is NO BUENO.

  10. Jeff says:

    I HATE the new chicken. I only eat the chicken at taco bell and it is my favorite restaurant…. Now I can only get a cheese quesadilla (because of dietary restrictions) I am beyond sad.

  11. […] that you get less food with Cantina Bell has me deducting a few points off of its value too.The chicken at Taco Bell has gone through a mini-makeover and is now a “citrus-herb marinated chicken”.  I’ve read comments on how much […]

  12. William says:

    Yeah, I don’t know what they did, but the new chicken is horrible. It has this weird and artificial aftertaste. So much for me enjoying their chicken soft tacos.

  13. Joanne says:

    I ate the new chicken last week and thought it was either bad or someone made a mistake making my taco. Today I tried it again. It wasn’t a mistake. It is absolutely foul. Hope they return to their old reciepe ASAP. If not make a RUN for another place as fast as you can.

  14. Sally says:

    Taco Bell was my favorite fast-food restaurant because of the fresco menu. I do not like the new citrus chicken at all. It completely dominates the other flavors. I also tried it a couple of times thinking it was surely a mistake, but unfortunately not. I really hope they change it back or I will have to look elsewhere.

  15. Tony says:

    The new chicken is bland! I am so disappointed. Thumbs down.

  16. Tbell boy says:

    The new chicken is so bad. I eat there a out 4 times per week and never complain about anything except about how cheap their beef was getting. The first week I ate the chicken I sent the company a complaint about how lemony and fake tasting the new chicken is. Really gross actually. They will definately lose money on it.

  17. Erik says:

    First they got rid of the good steak.
    Then they got rid of the good chicken.
    If only they’d get rid of their ground beef…

  18. Anna says:

    The new chicken is terrible! It tastes terrible and smells terrible. Like others, I thought the first time I had it I just got a bad batch, but, nope, its just bad chicken. And I really really miss my chicken soft tacos but I’m not going back until they bring back the old chicken.

  19. Lukas says:

    I absolutely hate it. I tired it a few times as some of the other people who have posted said, hoping it was a mistake. But it just kept getting worse and worse and worse. I have taken the liberty to forward the criticism to the bell hoping it will motivate them to realize that this new “chef” they have creating their menu, cant cook.

  20. Deb says:

    I thought I was the only one who couldn’t stand the new chicken. Taco Bell is my favorite fast food place and I’ve been eating there every week for years. I’m so disappointed with the new chicken. The old chicken was way better. The new chicken tastes a little bit the way garbage smells to me, I thought it was just me. I really hope they change it back. Everything else is great.

  21. Aimee says:

    Glad to see I’m not alone! I thought it was an awful batch as well, but when I went to another city it was the same thing. I didn’t want to believe it, so when I took a vacation to a completely different state, I decided to try one last time. And naturally, it was the same disgusting chicken. I loved Taco Bell, but now it’s just pathetic and gross. Won’t be returning until they bring back the old chicken. R.I.P good tacos.

  22. Mefan says:

    Taco bell WAS my favorite fast food place. I could have eaten a quesadilla everyday of my life and never get tired of it. The new chicken is god awful!!! I can’t choke it down no matter what sauce I drown it with. Taco bell is no longer my go to place. I now welcome taco bueno with open arms!!!! Shame on u taco bell!!! This pregnant woman does nothing but crave ur old quesadillas

  23. Shanno says:

    I’m relieved to know I wasn’t crazy- I get a chicken burrito every couple of weeks because it’s so very cheap and (used to be) tasty but I just ate one and it was so weird, I couldn’t quite place what was wrong but it must be the chicken! So sad, it’s not like I love Taco Bell but that burrito was solid and reliable, Taco Bueno it is from now on (which I prefer overall anyway.)

  24. CMS says:

    The new chicken is absolutely disgusting. I used to eat Taco Bell weekly, now I won’t go there at all. It’s bland, rubbery, and has a bleachy/chemical taste. It’s a shame – I have fallen back in love with Chick-fil-a again, a place where chicken tastes like chicken.

  25. colin says:

    The new chicken is gross. im sorry but i used to like tacobell and then i tasted the new chicken and i hate it, i know the cantina bell is old now but i still hate it and i just waiting for them to bring the old chicken back

  26. Lira's Mommy says:

    The chicken is absolutely disgusting!!!!!!! We used to grab a couple chicken quesadilla’s & chicken soft tacos every time we went to the next town over because we don’t have a Taco Bell…I literally craved it a couple times a week but now I’m actually glad there isn’t one in my town so I don’t have to be disappointed by the CRAP that’s now being served!!! Bring back the chicken we ALL loved!!!

  27. DT says:

    Taco bells new chicken is so nasty, these fast food places love messing up a good thing.

  28. David R. says:

    Absolutely disgusting! I used to eat about 9 chalupas per week. I am a young guy, and I know there are probably a lot of other people that eat it like I do. I ate it because of the chicken. Well that new chicken is disgusting, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s just a very high fat content in the meat. Whatever It may be I will never eat there again until they change it back. To anyone curious I was in canada a month ago and their taco bells have the old chicken, and as a matter of fact it was better than when my US taco bells used it.

  29. David says:

    I have not had Taco bell in years but always loved chicken soft tacos. I used to eat them all the time. OGM! This new chicken is so rancid. I thought they put soap in the tacos. What is this hideous taste they injected in to the chicken? It seriously tastes like dish soap. I called them up to ask them why they would put soap or perfume on the chicken and they assured me it was the new citrus marinated taste. HA! So nasty. And not only that the cheese was like wax. Never.. EVER again.

  30. Terri says:

    The new chicken tastes and smells like canned chicken with lime juice. Its nasty!

  31. Jon says:

    Thankfully I finally understand what happened. Last summer I swung by a Taco Bell and got a chicken soft taco. I took about two bites and couldn’t finish it because the chicken tasted like it was warmed up in lukewarm dishwater. I threw it away and didn’t think about it again until I got another taco at a different store and it tasted the exact same way. Just to be sure, I went to a third different store and the same thing happened. I hadn’t heard that they were changing their chicken so I figured maybe my taste changed all of a sudden. This makes more sense. Now I will only go to Taco Bell if I’m in a group that is going there and if I have to go I will only order steak items. I’m relieved to learn that this is the reason but disappointed that Taco Bell would make this decision to begin with. This new chicken isn’t just worse, I can’t even force myself to choke it down. It’s been nearly a year so I can’t imagine they will go back to the old chicken but I can’t think that the move helped business. Maybe we’re all the exceptions?

  32. skipper jones says:

    This chicken is so bad! I like many others used to crave the old chicken!The steak used to be good too but they ruined that also,I submitted a compplaint on their website but it will probably go unnoticed.The more they go changing things the worse they get.I have to wonder how much business they have lost since changing to this crappy citris marinade ,and if they have do,do they even have a clue of why?

  33. Robin says:

    I tried a chicken burrito and chicken soft taco yesterday, both containing the new chicken. I was very disappointed. The two primary sensations I got were dry and salt. The chicken has the texture of bird that was overcooked the first time, then over-microwaved to reheat it.

  34. Tim says:

    I ate the chicken quesadilla and an hour later, threw up . I won’t be eating the chicken anymore at Taco Bell(or anything).

  35. APS says:

    I was at my local Taco Bell today, and the “citrus-herb” Chicken was replaced by what was advertised as “Fire-Grilled” chicken. I gave it a try, and it is essentially original Grilled Chicken recipe! Oh how I’ve missed it.

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