Fast Food Review: Crown-Shaped Chicken Tenders from Burger King
I’m too much of a glutton to hit up some fast food and get a meal consisting of just chicken nuggets. To me, nuggets are reserved for that little extra bit grub to fill me up. Since I consider nuggets as more of a side item than anything else, I’m always happy to see them on a value menu. Burger King has a pretty good value meal with such offerings as a Whopper Jr. or a Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich for just $1.00 each. On the bite-sized chicken front, Burger King offers up a decent deal with their Crown-Shaped Chicken Tenders.
Now just because these chicken tenders are shaped like crowns doesn’t mean I’m against buying them. I enjoy fun shaped food such as Dino-Nuggets and yeah I’m 28 years old. At least there is a bit of creativity going on that separates the BK tender from the competition. Honestly though, it’s not like these crown-shaped tenders are just reserved for Kid’s Meals. You can get a 4-piece for just a buck from the value menu so how can you pass up 25¢ per chicken tender? BK describes them like this:
Whether it’s four pieces, five pieces, or eight pieces, HAVE IT YOUR WAY® with Crown-shaped CHICKEN TENDERS®. Dip them in BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, or Sweet & Sour sauce. It’s a snack fit for the King.
A snack fit for a King you say? Well seeing as though I am royalty, this is right up my alley. Chicken tenders owe a ton of their worth to how they are battered or breaded. The BK tenders are breaded and have a medium coating that provides almost nothing in terms of crunch. Just by looking at them, you might think that there’d be a crunch. Now I’m not saying they are a mushy mess, just a little on the softer side. The breading is laced with visible black pepper and unfortunately suffers big time without a dipping sauce. Some fast food nuggets are passable straight up…(Chick-fil-A)…but BK’s Crowns get a big thumbs down sans-sauce. Also they are dry and have a tendency to sap any moisture in your mouth so have a beverage handy. All this is basically a sign that you’ve got to mask the breading flavor with something else. By no means horrible, just very mediocre. Want to know how the chicken tastes, the breading helps block that. In terms of size, the BK tenders are a decent size and once again, at 4 for $1.00 they get the job done.
In closing, don’t expect much out of Burger King’s Crown-Shaped Chicken Tenders. They are worth buying for the price but almost anything is for a dollar. If it wasn’t for these tenders being a good deal for a dollar, I would’ve scored the GrubGrade lower but I can’t hate on them too bad because of that price. On the rankings of fast food nuggets/tenders, I’m going to put BK below Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A’s version.
Pros: Only $1.00 for 4. Fun shape. Choice of sauce masks the mediocrity.
Cons: Mediocre tasting. Dry. Not main course worthy...I tap out at 4.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: $1.00 for 4
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Calories - 180
Fat - 11 grams
Saturated Fat - 2 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 310 milligrams
Carbs - 13 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Protein - 9 grams