Review: Naked Chicken Chips from Taco Bell
Earlier this year, Taco Bell released the Naked Chicken Chalupa and I found it to be kind of average, but not because of its innovative Naked Chicken shell. The latest extension of the Naked Chicken family are new Naked Chicken Chips, now available for a limited time only.
Taco Bell’s cringe-worthy description of new Naked Chicken Chips:
Time to get schooled in the fine art of dipping. Thanks to the all-new Naked Chicken Chips, you and your taste buds will get a graduate level crash course in both the theory and practicality of just how enlightening dipping can be. So order up some of these crispy triangles of marinated all-white-meat chicken, grab hold of that warm nacho cheese sauce and just go for it… literally rip it and dip it as many times as you’d like because you need to master the material. And before you know it, you’ll be leading the weekly lecture in your favorite Taco Bell restaurant booth, successfully defending your thesis on the benefits of double dipping while rocking a pretty sweet sport coat with leather elbow patches. It could totally happen.
So basically Naked Chicken Chips are Taco Bell’s version of chicken nuggets. Let’s review:The texture of new Naked Chicken Chips felt a bit softer than my experience with the Naked Chicken Chalupa shell. Aren’t chips supposed to be crunchy? They are triangle-shaped so I guess that’s the similarity to some chips. I found the breading to be seasoned well enough to enjoy without the warm nacho cheese sauce, but that clearly wasn’t going to happen.Flavor-wise, Naked Chicken Chips taste like your standard chicken nuggets… a combo of chicken stock, salt and pepper… plus there’s a little extra bite of spice. It’s nothing significant, but there is a mild peppery kick. Each is meaty enough, but doesn’t come off as one of the more quality nugget offerings in the fast food world. I’d compare the quality to Wendy’s or Burger King. The moisture level was just right and I experienced no dried-out morsels in the 12-pack portion I purchased. I will point out though that they are a bit oily. Each was a very uniform, cookie-cutter triangle so the consistency was easy to get right. In terms of value, it’s difficult not to compare Naked Chicken Chips to other fast food nuggets. Considering that this a brand new product, I won’t be too hard on them. The 12-pack comes with two nacho cheese dipping sauces and it set me back $4.29 in Maryland… the suggested price is $3.99. The 6-pack was priced at $2.29 at my local Taco Bell and it comes with one nacho cheese dipping sauce. I might be in the minority here, but I found that two nacho cheese dipping sauces for the 12-pack wasn’t necessary.Taco Bell’s entry into fast food nuggets turned out to be sort of average. My expectations weren’t too high going in to be perfectly honest…. this is a good thing. This is Taco Bell’s zesty chicken nugget offering and it’s a nice option to have on the menu to add to the variety. In the end, Naked Chicken Chips are an interesting name for something that isn’t all that interesting.
Pros: A chicken nugget option at Taco Bell. A little spice is nice. Nacho cheese dipping sauce.
Cons: Texture was too soft for my liking. A little greasy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $2.29 for 6, $4.29 for 12
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Calories - 780
Fat - 49 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Cholesterol - 105 milligrams
Sodium - 2210 milligrams
Carbs - 58 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 2 grams
Protein - 28 grams