Review: Spicy Chicken McBites from McDonald’s
Chicken McNuggets are classic fast food nostalgia, but of course the McNugget has gone through a makeover or two throughout the years to keep up with changing times. It seems like decades went by with minor changes and upgrades to the McDonald’s menu in the earlier years. Nowadays, something new springs up so fast and exits even faster. Just last November McDonald’s came out with a new snackable chicken called Chicken McBites. What followed since was Fish McBites and now a spicy version of the chicken. Spicy Chicken McBites were just given a wide release and I sampled the goods for this review.
I purchased the $1.99 snack size box of Spicy Chicken McBites, and on the box it is written:
POP SOME FLAVOR! Bite through the satisfying crunch of poppable pieces of chicken made with juicy premium chicken breast. Seasoned with a blend of spices, onion, garlic and pepper to give your tastebuds a spicy kick. These surprising pieces of tender, peppery love are a perfect tasting snack.
The key word in this description is “snack”. For 2 bucks, it just works as a nice grab and go option and I probably would never consider it being a centerpiece of a fast food meal. Like most all menu items in the $2.00 and under range, they are great add-ons to something bigger, or could satisfy a quick craving when you’re short on time or money.
When I did my review of the original Chicken McBites, I found the snack size option to be most likely the most preferred way to go. With the Spicy Chicken McBites, I still say this is still in the realm of add-on or snack. Other than the snack size, you also have larger options such as the $2.99 regular size and $4.99 sharable size. While the regular Chicken McBites had a lot of great possibilities when it comes to dipping sauces… Sweet ‘n Sour, Honey Mustard, Chipotle BBQ, Tangy Barbeque, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet Chili, Hot Mustard, Creamy Ranch… I feel the Spicy Chicken McBites work best with Creamy Ranch alone. Of course, the option is yours, but Creamy Ranch combined with the kick of spices held up as the best combination for me.
The Spicy Chicken McBites are something a bit more different than the standard McNugget and the standard McNugget was too similar to the original Chicken McBites to wow me. The Spicy Chicken McBites get a slight edge over the original because it’s spicy and offers something a bit different. In Texas you have your Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken Sandwich, here in Maryland we have nothing spicy on the McD’s menuboard. That brings something to mind, every variation of chicken gets a spicy counterpart eventually right? Why has there never been a wide launch Spicy Chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Some foreign markets have toyed with them, why not us?
Just like the original Chicken McBites, the Spicy Chicken McBites suffer from the inconsistencies you’re likely to find with popcorn chicken. You’ll get some nice chunky morsels of chicken and you’ll also get some lackluster meatless balls of crunchy batter alone.
I’m giving Spicy Chicken McBites a quarter of a full point edge over the original just for being spicy. The heat is very tame and tolerable, but at the same time it offers me spicy breaded chicken which I can’t find at most McDonald’s. Spicy Chicken McBites are a great example of a fast food snack, but too many crumbly non-chicken bites fail to have these reach higher status. Worth a sample for your spare change.
Pros: 3 size choices, priced fairly. An improvement over the original Chicken McBites. Plays well with ranch, but you've got multiple sauce options
Cons: Inconsistent morsels... a few with no chicken at all. Packaging with sauce cup holder is kind of weak.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.99 snack size purchased (also available in $2.99 regular size and $4.99 shareable size)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: McDonalds.com