Wendy’s has the absolute best chicken nuggets around, no questions asked. And now, here recently, a new form of that unparalleled nugget has been introduced to a market starved for new flavors of processed chicken to dip into their Chocolate Frosties. And what better way to serve up a new variation of a classic nugget than by making it spicy?
I’m not going to lie, I was very excited to try these. As I’ve already made quite obvious, I love Wendy’s nuggets. I also love spicy foods, especially spicy chicken. However delicious my dreams of these warm little chicken nuggets were, the real life things are nothing short of a disappointment.
That’s not to say these Spicy Chicken Nuggets are awful by any means. To be quite honest, they have an exceptionally well-presented flavor. The level of spiciness is just right, and the taste of the chicken is accentuated very well by the slight level of heat. I really, really like the way these little guys taste.
So what’s the issue? Why are they such a disappointment?
Texture. Unlike the fantastic regular chicken nuggets, the spicies possess a very unappealing texture, strongly resembling that of a wet sponge that spent 45 seconds in a microwave. They remind me of the super cheap microwavable chicken nuggets one would find in a generic unmarked white package in the freezer section of Sam’s Club.
I was expecting Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets with a kick. Instead what I was treated to was cheap, spongy nuggets with a kick. I’m not sure if they use different meat when they make these, or maybe the spicy breading just causes them to cook differently. Whatever the cause, these nuggets aren’t the ones you know and love.
While regular nuggets from Wendy’s are the most delicious little processed morsels ever served in a cardboard container by a fast food joint, the new spicy chicken nuggets simply don’t compare. While they do possess a great flavor, the warm, wet, spongy texture is more than enough to ensure you never buy these again. I know I won’t.
- Great flavor
- Disgusting spongy texture ruins what could’ve been an excellent experience
Score: 6.5/10 (Below Average)
After more than just a few people suggested to me that I should give the Spicy Chicken Nuggets another chance, choosing a different Wendy’s or asking for a fresh batch, I’ve decided to throw in this little update.
I must’ve been handed a bad batch last time, because these things are much more delicious than I had originally thought. The fresh nuggets are super crispy on the outside, super juicy on the inside, and they hit the spot oh so wonderfully.
In order to do a quality comparison, I’ve got one order of Spicies and an order of regs. The spiced up nuggets are definitely much spongier, but it’s hardly as noticeable when they are fresh and still juicy and crispy on the outside layer. The chicken does seem a bit difference both in appearance, flavor, and texture from the original, but that could all be in my head.
Overall I admit I was a bit off in my original review. Getting fresh nuggets that hadn’t been resting under a heat lamp all day made all the difference in the world.
Updated Score: 8.0/10 (Great)
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