Nov 16, 2010

Review: Carl's Jr. - Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders

Carl's Jr's new Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are touted being made in house rather than the standard of frozen pre-cooked chicken strips most other chains carry. They're dipped in buttermilk and hand-breaded. Suggested retail price is $2.99 for three, but I paid $3.29 at my local Carl's.

My tenders were very juicy. The breading was a mix of soft and crunchy bits; crunchier with more breading than Chick-fil-A's version but not as crunchy as KFC's Extra Crispy Strips. They were seasoned enough for added flavor and just a wee bit on the salty side (for me, but probably just right for most people).
Strangely enough when I asked for honey mustard sauce, they didn't give me a sealed packet but rather a small plastic cup with a lid filled with sauce. I wonder if it means they make the sauce in house(?!) or if they just have a really big bottle/canister of honey mustard somewhere.

My main nitpick would have to be the size of the tenders which aren't small per se; it's roughly comparable to what the other chains are offering. It's about half the size of the mutant chicken tenders shown in the commercial though. I know there's always some embellishment in advertising, but half is a lot!
Overall, this Carl's Jr.'s Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender is a quality product sold at a competitive price. It's well worth a try.

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Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. 3-piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (148g)
Calories - 340 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 1160mg
Carbs - 14g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 28g


  1. I ordered it with the bbq sauce, which not only came in a plastic container, but WAS THE SAME as their regular barbecue sauce! So bizarre. I liked them, I did not love them. They're better than most any fast food strips, though.

  2. Maybe they figure a plastic mini cup is somehow fancier or something... I agree it is quite bizarre...

    I guess maybe the cup is a bit wider for easier dipping?

  3. I will be seeking a refund, like you said, advertisement embellishes a little, but these tenders were HUGELY different in size.

    The first thing my wife and I did was say "WHAT!?" and stare at eachother with "hello floor, this is my chin, chin, this is the floor" look.

    I have never in my life seen food advertisers oversize their food THIS much, I just watched the commercial again and the chichen tenders in the commercial are at least FOUR TIMES BIGGER.

  4. Yeah, the commercial tenders look like they must have come from a turkey-sized chicken or something.

  5. regarding the commerical with the 2 dingbats, one of which worked at Carl's Jr...why would I want to eat the same thing 2 lazy idiots eat?

  6. Haha, I thought that myself when I first saw the commercial.

  7. Carls Jr Hand-breaded chicken is the most nasty disgusting gas-inducing, sorry excuse for CHICKEN I have ever had. The juciness of the chicken was more like greasy and the flavor was DISGUSTING I am totally gassy sick and have a stomach ache as a result. EWW EWW EWW CARLS JR: STEP IT UP NASTTTTYYY GROSS YOU ARE NOT GOING TO INCREASE BUISNESS UNLESS YOUR FOOD IS OF BETTER QUALITY!! VOMIT ALL OVER THE INTERNET = carls jr hand breaded chicken EW!


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