Review: Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey from Taco Bell
Breakfast at Taco Bell is about to enter year number two and the Waffle Taco has been kicked to the curb in place of the Biscuit Taco. I just tried the new Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey to find out what happens when chicken and biscuits get the Taco Bell treatment.
Taco Bell describes their new Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey like this:
A warm, fluffy, buttery biscuit folded in the shape of a taco and filled with our new premium marinated all-white-meat crispy chicken that is rolled in tortilla chips, served with jalapeño honey.
I know that Taco Bell wants to mark their territory by shaping waffles and biscuits into taco shells, but is the gimmick really all that necessary when you might be sacrificing the quality of the product?
Taco Bell’s breakfast menu has enough variety to make room for one gimmicky product and the biscuit-shaped taco fits that category. It’s not all bad though since I found the execution of the biscuit-shaped taco to be a big improvement over that lame folded waffle idea. With that said though, maybe a standard biscuit breakfast sandwich would have been a better product, just not as attention-grabbing. The biscuit-shaped taco was a little on the dry and dense side which, on the plus side, didn’t leave a crumbly mess. In return for the cleaner grubbing experience you’re getting a biscuit that’s spongy and will coat your mouth like a thick paste. It’s not a big meal and I found myself reaching for the new Mtn Dew Kickstart Citrus drink more than should be expected.
The new crispy chicken was something I covered in my Chickstar review already. It’s a formed and pressed, flat chicken strip that reminds me of a McDonald’s Hash Browns. The chicken isn’t thick enough to really stand out so its breading holds more importance. It’s a crispy breading made of bits of tortilla chips which gives the chicken a nice crunchy exterior. The crunch of the breading helped ease the pastiness of the biscuit.
The jalapeño honey was my favorite part of the new Chicken Biscuit Taco. It’s served in a generously sized cup and after you pour it on your taco, there’s enough left over for dipping. The sauce is thick and sticky, just the way honey is supposed to be, and the sweetness contrasts nicely against the mild buttery flavors from the biscuit and the corny crunch of the chicken breading. Other than the sweetness there’s a little tanginess and peppery flavors in the mix.
At a price of $2.79, the Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey felt too small (5.5 oz.) and insignificant to be priced that high. The A.M. Crunchwrap with sausage is only $2.59 and it carries a weight of about 7.8 oz. It does have a nice, handy holster for grubbing on the go like the DLT, so bonus points there. The biscuit needs work and it’s a major part of every bite. An improvement over the waffle yes, but that thing was pretty bad… the Chicken Biscuit Taco is a slight step up and tops out at mediocre.
Pros: Chicken breading tortilla crunch. Jalapeño honey. Biscuit taco holster.
Cons: Dry, pasty biscuit. Small so $2.79 felt pricey. Scary nutrition info for a small breakfast item.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Serving Size - 156 grams
Calories - 470
Total Fat - 19 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Sodium - 1030 milligrams
Carbs - 63 grams
Sugars - 25 grams
Fiber - 1 gram
Protein - 12 grams