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May 16, 2013

Review: Taco Bell - Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla

Taco Bell's new Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla is part of their new, updated $1 Cravings Menu test and offers hope to those who aren't fond of the more citrusy chicken offered at Taco Bell. It features marinated shredded chicken, along with a 3-cheese blend folded, and pressed inside a small flour tortilla (think soft taco-sized)

Like the rest of the menu, a Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla will set you back $1.

Unlike the regular quesadilla, these come wrapped in foil, and then wax paper (although that could be just for the test and it might be that they don't have specific bags for these yet):

If you've had a chicken quesadilla from Taco Bell before, the shredded chicken mini version doesn't represent a marked departure from it. The only difference is the size and the chicken.

The chicken is moist and tender with a flavor profile more similar to the old chicken and Taco Bell's seasoned beef. It's a bit too salty for me though and the cheese and flour tortilla aren't enough to buffer, but that probably varies depending on how much chicken they put inside. I point out that, should this make it out of test, you can substitute it into any Taco Bell menu item, which is nice if you don't like the citrus-herb marinade of the current chicken.

The rest is pretty standard with the soft flour tortilla and the melty, but not particularly flavorful cheese. There might be a jalapeno creamy sauce in there like the regular quesadillas, but I didn't get any sense of it.

Overall, this was just okay for me. It's not bad, but not great either. Still, it hits the spot when you just want a quesadilla on the cheap. I'd like a bit more cheese to balance out the salt of the chicken.

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