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.

Burger King 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.

Burger King Crown-Shaped Chicken Tender

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.

Burger King Crown-Shaped Chicken Tender (cut)

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.

Burger King Chicken Tenders (collage)

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.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 9.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: $1.00 for 4

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 180
Fat - 11 grams
Saturated Fat - 2 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 310 milligrams
Carbs - 13 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Protein - 9 grams

20 comments on “Fast Food Review: Crown-Shaped Chicken Tenders from Burger King

  1. Adam Bomb says:

    Good review, Ryan. I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely classify these as a nugget, rather than a tender. That’s just my opinion, though. On the rare occasion that I take my little ones to BK, they never seem too excited about these. But they’re more into chicken nuggets than burgers, so they always go for the little crowns. I regularly snag one of their nuggets, and they’re passable. Nothing special, but they’re edible.

  2. Ryan says:

    Thanks A-Bomb…I agree with calling these “nuggets” over tenders…I couldn’t escape the word “nugget” in this post. When I think tender I don’t think pre-shaped.

  3. I’m sorry but I don’t trust shaped chicken. 😛

  4. Adam Bomb says:

    ROFL@Erin! Nicely played, madam.

  5. Yum Yucky says:

    My kid won’t eat these crowns from BK. He only trusts McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

    @Erin – but what about Dino nuggets? C’mon now!

  6. ratbuddy says:

    I always thought they looked like little feet..

  7. +1 on little feet. Or hands from the Simpson’s. Not a big fan of shaped chicken either.

  8. Adam Bomb says:

    Just for the sake of hilarity, I’d like to see chicken nuggets shaped like little cows.

    • Ryan says:

      @ Adam Bomb … I’m surprised Chick-fil-A hasn’t already done that…that cow mascot is everywhere. Although it would crush the quality of the already awesome nuggets they have.

  9. @Yum Yucky ok i show my ignorance but I am guessing Dino Nuggets are shaped like dinosaurs 😛 lol. Not even them. Although now I am in the mood for teriyaki chicken with all this chicken talk.

  10. cress says:

    Ryan, in your opinion, which fast-food place does chicken nuggets the best? It may have been been covered already in past posts, but I haven’t seen it.
    I think Chick-Fil-A is by far the best. McD is second(which surprises even me, because McD nuggets are so boring, but they really do get the job done, especially with sauce). Wendys/BK are a toss-up IMO. Wendys look better, but are just average. BK is tasty, but forgettable.

  11. Raiders757 says:

    The only thing one can call BK chicken nuggets, or crows, or whatever they are, is terrible. They’re not even worth it at 25 cents a piece. Chicken Fries? I’m not even going to comment on those.

    Wendy’s used to have great nuggets when they first came out, but something change over time, and they aren’t nearly as good as they used to be.

    McDonald’s actually improved their nuggets when they went all white meat. I don’t know why, but I’m hooked on those things.

    Chick-Fil-A? What can you say? They are the best fast food chicken out there, period. No one even comes close.

  12. Adam Bomb says:

    Never had Chick-Fil-A’s nuggets.

    @Raiders: Awww, I actually like BK’s chicken fries! They’re much better than the crown nuggets. There’s something about the breading on the chicken fries that I like. I just wish that BK had decent bbq sauce.

  13. Den Mother says:

    Chick-Fil-A definitely ranks up there, with Zaxby’s a close second.

    I was googling about Burger King’s nuggets because my 14 month old won’t eat a thing, but he loves these nuggets! I was hoping to find some brand that made a product similar to these. Most store bought ones won’t do. Knowing that at this age, texture is a big deal with new table food eaters, I am betting the breading is the clincher. It is not grainy like the regular ones you get in the store, and not fried to a small rock like McDonald’s.

    For the kids, I give BK Crown nuggets two thumbs up.

  14. Wildfire says:

    Thing is, Burger King chicken “fries” have 32 ingredients in their chopped, pressed, and formed bodies. Mcdonalds a close second with 26! Why would you knowingly put something in your body that you know is just leftover pieces and crud from a chicken? Gross!

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  16. Tom Kieley says:

    Free is even better than $1. I have two free coupons for the set of 4 tenders and intend to use at least one of them. Good review. Very thorough. I especially like the discussion of options with the numbers.

  17. Lana Star says:

    I actually really like the bk crown nuggets (regardless of the mysterious ingredients!) I enjoy the fact that it isn’t too hard and doesnt have that weird oil aftertaste like what the mcnuggets have. The pepper flakes are good too. The new bk chicken nuggets look yummy but I’m not sure to get them since they got a lot of horrible reviews. By far my favorite is wendys spicy chicken nuggets. I used to love chick fil a, but now I jut taste bland and soggy and oily. And not in the least bit crunchy.

  18. Gabriella says:

    i would eat them they are delicious . mcdonalds isnt that good.