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.

Chicken Biscuit Taco 1Taco 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? 

Biscuit Taco 2Taco 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.

Biscuit Taco 3The 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.

Biscuit Taco 4The 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.

Biscuit Taco 5At 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.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 4.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $2.79

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
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

33 comments on “Review: Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeño Honey from Taco Bell

  1. MP says:

    That biscuit looks awfully a lot like a bun.

  2. scram says:

    So I tried to get a Sausage/egg/cheese biscuit taco today. They screwed up my order and gave me a flatbread taco. It was horrible. I took one bite and that was it. I did pay for 2 jalapeno honey sauces (64 cents) so I could try them out as a dipping sauce for wings or something elsewhere.

    I predict Taco Bell’s breakfast will go bye-bye in the next 3 years. While I admire what they are doing, their breakfast lineup is poorly executed and the ingredients taste either terrible or mediocre. I mean, if McDonalds can make a better Sausage Burrito than Taco Bell, you know they are screwing up somewhere. I think a lot of people will try their breakfast out of curiousity, but not return again for it after experiencing lackluster results (like me). There are so many other, better fast food breakfasts out there.

    • Sascha says:

      See, I completely disagree with you. I’ve never been a fast food breakfast guy, it all pretty much sucks, until Taco Bell came around with theirs. Now, I will preface by saying I don’t have a Chick fil A in my state, so I’m stuck with what I have, but TB is the only place I would head for breakfast (except Panera’s, but they’re too pricey). However, the biscuits are horrible. The breakfast crunchwraps are really good, the grande scrambler burrito is great and the potato burrito is really good as well.

      • Robert says:

        Sascha you are definitely in the minority. TB breakfast has been a total flop and almost universally panned. McD is head and shoulders above this slop. That grande scrambler burrito has nacho cheese in it. Nacho cheese on eggs. WHY.

        • Sascha says:

          Because it’s taco bell. I’d much rather see them try stuff like that and chorizo then biscuits, bacon and sausage. And let’s not talk about cheese. McDonald’s craptastic yellow processed makes the rest of the sandwich inedible. Basically, I can choose from about 5-7 items at TB and one from McDonald’s. And I wouldn’t say it’s flopped either, in general for every 5 cars in the Mickey D’s breakfast drive through they’re are 2 to 3 in Taco Bells

          • Jeff in Middletucky says:

            Yeah, man (woman?), you’re definitely in the minority. Taco Bell’s breakfast offerings are undoubtedly turd-like, and the general public – at least around where I live – are responding accordingly.

            Hey, Wendy’s tried to do breakfast, too, when I was but a wee lad. They got a royal spanking, too.

          • Sascha says:

            In what minority, Jeff? Are you saying I’m in the minority of people who prefer TB breakfast over McDonald’s? Well, no duh! Or are you saying I’m in the minority of people who like TB breakfast vs. not liking them? In that case, I’d argue. Man, by the way.

          • aaron says:

            For every 5 cars at Mcdonald’s there are 2-3 at Tbell? Your Taco Bell must be way more popular than mine. I work directly across the street from Tbell and I rarely if ever see more than one car there. The Mcdonalds a quarter mile down the road is always slammed in the morning so I usually go to Tbell. Honestly I prefer Mcdonald’s but I can get in and out of Tbell in under 2 minutes because I never have to wait in line, EVER. Lol. That’s at 7:30…typical breakfast time. I enjoy their AM crunchwraps a lot but thats about it. I was less than impressed with their burritos and prefer Mcdonald’s breakfast burritos.

        • Jonathan Wayne says:

          Actually I had the Grande Scrambler Burrito with steak the other day and it was really really good. Taco Bell’s breakfast is actually pretty good for the most part.

    • Jt says:

      Sadly true. I don’t see Taco Bell’s breakfast sticking around for long like Wendys and Arbys. After trying the cinnabon things, their breakfast burritos, wand a waffle taco, everything is so mediocre.

      • TJ says:

        I’d say it’s 50/50, it seems incredibly hard to compete with McDonald’s breakfast business. Every time I drive by there in the morning the line is packed with cars, whereas Burger King, Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr, Subway etc. are usually fairly empty. Personally I think some of Taco Bell’s breakfast items like their crunchwraps are pretty good, but like many I have my classic favorites at McD’s so when I have time to wait I’ll usually stick with them.

  3. Manavee says:

    How in holy tarnation did this get a score of 7.75 for grubbing on the go?

    If you’re just eating the buscuit taco and the chicken then I can see the score being reasonable, but they make you pour on the honey yourself out of the cup. Even with just eating it parked in my car (not driving) I still managed to get some honey on my tie. I would have given this a 1/10 for grubbing on the go myself.

    The buscuit was too dense and dry and I also was reaching for my drink after every bite. I think I actually preferred the waffle taco, and that wasn’t any good either.

  4. JJ says:

    Just bread and chicken? That looks pretty bland.

  5. Jonathan Wayne says:

    That just looks so sad and depressing.

  6. Mike says:

    This looks absolutely revolting.

  7. Jay Melo says:

    Ok , we have biscuits and sausage and somewhere there is gravy, can we get a sausage biscuit with gravy for dipping? I’d pay a buck 50 for that.

    • Jeff in Middletucky says:

      The Bell tested this exact concept in my neck of the woods. And, sadly, the attempt was as lacking as you might could imagine coming from Yum! Brands. (In other words, the “gravy” was absolutely as bland and tasteless as one could imagine. Seriously, Taco Bell should REALLY give up on the whole breakfast thing.)

  8. Sandy says:

    That looks horrible! They are trying too hard to be different and it’s not working.

  9. Joan says:

    I love the gravy, and then jalapeno honey sauce. Wish they’d work with the actual product more, though. And Im telling you, I LOVE sauce. But here in FL, these “biscuit” tacos stink. I was really forward to it. But I really felt I was eating a mouthful of dough w a bit of chicken inside. Its kinda disappointing. Cas I know if executed well, chicken w gravy or (my preferred) jalapeno honey.. I really coulda loved it.

  10. Joan says:

    @ Jay Melo

    We have the country gravy in Jacksonville, FL.

  11. scram says:

    Taco Bell’s Biscuit Taco should be called “We Really Don’t Give A Sh*t Taco”.

  12. Justin ST says:

    Funny, I had the Jalapeno Honey Chicken Biscuit when it was on trials where I lived, and I LOVED it. I don’t know why Grubgrade guy hates it so much. Baffling. I order it all the time when I get breakfast.

  13. Grant says:

    I wonder what would have been if they kept the waffle and put this new chicken in it for taco bells version of chicken and waffles. Woulda been neat

  14. Justin ST says:

    Chicken and Waffles are overrated.

  15. Steven says:

    Well that was disappointing. I ordered this today to try and they forgot the sauce cup. The biscuit sans-sauce was horrible (gummy/pasty/flavorless) and the chicken was dry and it even had a bone in it.

    Now the rest of their breakfast was yummy. I think they should own their crunchwraps and burritos and stop trying to make a gimmicky breakfast taco out.

  16. steve says:

    I like how people dont seem to get that all buscuits are pretty dry and bland…

    • JJ says:

      Yes, I’ve tried them all, and the only biscuits that I’ve had that are not dry are Carls Jr’s, and the only reason theirs aren’t dry is that they soak them in butter, hence the really high fat rating.

  17. scram says:

    I tried this chicken version today, prepared to hate it, but it was actually decent. The jalapeno honey is needed, because the chicken was just so-so. The biscuit wasn’t bad, and it does have a pasty texture, but it’s not as dry as I was expecting. Overall, I could see me getting this again. Kind of shocking….

  18. vvvu says:

    biscuit-shaped taco vs. taco-shaped biscuit lol

  19. KK says:

    I tried one today, it was “ok”. Same price here as a bacon or sausage crunchwrap and MUCH less filling. I think the price point on the chicken new items are not great. I tried one of the chicken mango bb

  20. JoAnn says:

    Tried an egg and sausage biscuit taco this morning. It was awful. The ‘biscuit’ was cold and flavorless, and the egg and sausage were cold as well. There was shredded cheese sprinkled over the top, and it didn’t even think about melting. I don’t waste food, took one bite, was really underwhelmed, tried another bite, and threw the rest away. Yuck.

  21. David says:

    I agree…they need to drop this “taco” gimmick and just make some real damn biscuits. I’m a big biscuit guy and this looks like an abomination as far as biscuits go.

  22. phyllis says:

    my husband and I really miss the biscuit and gravy chicken biscuit taco, and I, myself ,also miss the jalopeno-honey chicken biscuit taco. It was the most awesome , unique breakfast chicken served from any fast food restaurant( including mcdonalds , hardees, and burger king.) I called taco bell and voiced my sadness and disappointment because it is no longer served. I was told that I would receive a call back within 2 days, but never received a call-back. Maybe the ceo and or coo of taco bell shoud go on tv show undercover boss.

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