Review: Chicken Fries Rings from Burger King
The latest from Burger King is an extension of the Chicken Fries family with the introduction of new Chicken Fries Rings. Even though I’m not the biggest BK fan, I think their line of Chicken Fries products have been a well-executed idea. Chicken Fries have gone through some spicy makeovers with Fiery, Buffalo, and most recently Jalapeno. New Chicken Fries Rings take a step back to the original seasoned breading flavor and take on a new shape in a weak attempt to refresh the menu.
Burger King describes their new Chicken Fries Rings like this:
Made with white meat chicken, our Chicken Fries Rings are coated in a light crispy breading seasoned with savory spices and herbs. Chicken Fries Rings are shaped like rings and are perfect to dip in any of our delicious dipping sauces. Choose from BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Zesty, Buffalo, Sweet & Sour and Chicken Fries Sauce.
Fries or rings? What’s your pick? When talking French fries and onion rings, it’s more than just shape preference. When dealing with Chicken Fries and Chicken Fries Rings, this is familiar territory.
Burger King Chicken Fries Rings are made with white meat chicken and formed into rings about the size of a standard BK Onion Rings (but more pressed and flattened than tubular). The rings are covered in a seasoned breading that does decent job of providing a peppery flavor to amp up the flavor more than just a traditional chicken nugget would. Kids might even consider the breading a little bit spicy if they’re used to something like the Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s.
The seasoned breading did dominate in some of the rings and it even made its way into the center of some of the rings which partially covered up the hole. This excess of breading in spots made for a couple of overly dry and crusty rings. A meatier ring of chicken wouldn’t hurt.
Since the breading is seasoned well, it helps the taste of Chicken Fries Rings to stand alone a little better without desperately needing a dipping sauce. I went with Chicken Fries Sauce as my dipping sauce choice and although the rings didn’t suffer from being bland, the sweet and smoky sauce was a pretty good assist. There are seven dipping sauces to choose from… eight if you’re one of those ketchup maniacs.
At a price of $2.99 for six rings, it’s not an easy sell considering for about the same price you can get two orders of the $1.49 10-piece nugget deal. There’s nothing new besides the chicken shape and the packaging artwork. This product might be a must-have item if you’re 6 years old or have had some kind of bad experience with fry-shaped food. I’m thinking the majority of you don’t fall into that category. At least Burger King has a good sense of humor about it by putting “REINVENTING THE WHEEL” on the box…. I’m hoping that was meant to be sarcasm.
Although I do consider it a weak attempt to refresh the menu (and how could you honestly disagree?), it’s still likely to appeal to the same audience that are fans of the successful Chicken Fries family already. It’s dippable pieces of seasoned chicken with fun and portable packaging and there’s a nice selection of dipping sauces. As you already probably know, changing from a long fry shape to a ring of chicken doesn’t change the experience much.
Pros: Decent seasoning flavor help the product work without dipping sauce, but seven dipping sauce choices is still a good thing. BK's marketing team... I love the packaging of all the Chicken Fries boxes.
Cons: New shape is where the new ends. Some overly seasoned rings messed up the crust to chicken ratio and made for some issues with dryness. Value takes a hit considering 10-piece nuggets for $1.49 has returned.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: bk.com
6 Chicken Fries Rings: 310 calories, 18 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of carbs, 1020 milligrams of sodium, and 17 grams of protein