Review: Chicken McBites from McDonald’s
Can anything possibly usurp the mighty McNugget from McDonald’s? Sure it’s nothing too special and I failed to give Chicken McNuggets a spectacular review, but it’s still a beloved classic fast food item. For reasons most likely only being to keep up with the competitors, McDonald’s has come out with a new popcorn chicken style offering called Chicken McBites. McBites don’t taste like McNuggets, but they still stand firm as being a worthy new limited time only addition to the McDonald’s menu.
The Chicken McBites box description says:
Ready Steady Pop! Bite through the satisfying crunch of poppable pieces of chicken made with premium breast meat. They’re lightly breaded with a home-style flavor. With the handy holder for your favorite sauce, one dip and you’ll experience the perfect tasting snack and a delicious new way to love chicken.
Chicken McBites come in 3 sizes. The $1.99 snack size (pictured), the $2.99 regular and the $4.99 shareable size. When comparing Chicken McBites to other fast food popcorn chicken, let’s look back to Arby’s Popcorn Chicken. The major difference in the two is found in the breading. McDonald’s Chicken McBites have more of a delicate breading than the thick Arby’s version. If anyone reading this has tried KFC Popcorn Chicken, McBites are quite similar. A pretty respectable value for the $1.99 snack size, the Chicken McBites snack size came with a total of 18 popcorn chicken morsels of varying sizes. 14 of the 18 chicken morsels had a good amount of breast meat while the rest were more breading than anything else. In a competition of value, 3 size choices for McDonald’s wins over the Arby’s 2.
The texture of a Chicken McBite is a lot more subtle than a McNugget. While McNuggets have an obvious crispy crunch of an exterior, the McBites breading seems to coat the chicken morsels a lot closer so the focus is more on the chicken. Not too much of any interesting flavors from the breading but a slight hint of black pepper. Dipping sauces are your friends and you’ve got a good amount of choices. What’s your go-to sauce? Sweet ‘n Sour, Honey Mustard, Chipotle BBQ, Tangy Barbeque, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet Chili, Hot Mustard, Creamy Ranch. The snack size packaging is decent, but could use some work. It’s an odd shaped box that should have been a cup to fit snuggly in your cars cup holder for grubbing on the go. There’s a built-in compartment to put your sauce in, but it isn’t the most secure thing in the world.
Mobile eating is a big focus, or should be, when it comes to fast food. Too many fast food establishments try too hard to go “premium” these days and try to skimp on value and go bigger, more expensive. McDonald’s Chicken McBites are a good example of what fast food should be. Quick, easy and cheap. I don’t see McBites wowing anybody, but they are a solid buy for your two bucks.
Pros: Good value for the $1.99 snack size. Plenty of dipping sauce choices.
Cons: Packaging could use some work. Good luck finding the spicy version
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.99 (snack size)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: McDonalds.com