Feb 2, 2011

Review: Carl's Jr - Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrappers

Left to right: BBQ, Ranch, and Honey Mustard
A bit of a Johnny-come-lately to the snack-sized chicken wraps party, Carl's Jr. nonetheless makes a good effort with their new, slightly long-winded Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrappers.

The formula is familiar enough: a Hand-Breaded Chicken Wrapper, shredded cheese and lettuce, and your choice of sauces (ranch, barbecue, and honey mustard) wrapped in a flour tortilla for $1.49.

I bought one of each flavor/sauce to share with the sibs. The tortilla used by Carl's Jr. is quite a bit smaller than at McDonald's or Wendy's resulting in a better chicken to tortilla ratio. Somehow I got the smallest chicken out of the three wraps; it was still plenty of flavor against the small tortilla though.
I also got the only tortilla that stuck to the wax paper wrapper; it was a bit of a pain to peel it off. I thought the whole point of wax paper was so things would be less likely to stick to it?

About the sauces: Ranch was a nice, thick ranch sauce meaning no drippy mess from watered down ranch;
honey mustard was pretty good as well--a nice sweet mustard flavor; and BBQ was my least favorite of the sauces there were some added notes of flavor beyond the sweet, smoke, and tart that I didn't care for.
The tenders were plenty meaty with a good crunch to the breading and along with the sauce provide most of the flavor.
The Wrappers are folded with open ends for some reason. You kinda have to eat it like a taco with your head titled sideways (AKA taco head) instead of vertically. Still, chicken in every bite, a contrast of textures, and just enough sauce to keep it interesting makes Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrappers a good snack and better than similar offerings from Wendy's and McDonald's.

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Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. BBQ Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrapper (125g)
Calories - 290 (from Fat - 120)
Fat - 13g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 910mg
Carbs - 26g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 16g

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Honey Mustard Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrapper (119g)
Calories - 320 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 18g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 760mg
Carbs - 22g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 16g

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Ranch Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Wrapper (126g)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 210)
Fat - 23g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 850mg
Carbs - 22g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 16g

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