Apr 5, 2012

Review: Burger King - Chicken Strips and New Sauces

Burger King's Chicken Strips are part of the recent menu expansion and feature breaded and battered pieces of marinated chicken tenderloin strips. They resemble McDonald's Chicken Selects more than a little.

I bought 3 pieces for $3.29 and picked up the two new Kung Pao and Jalapeno BBQ dipping sauces while I was at it.

The pictures of the Chicken Strips on the BK website look a little dry so it's no surprise that they're rather dry in person as well.

The breading in particular while exhibiting a decent amount of crust and crunch was also really thick, dry, and a bit chewy. It was pretty salty but lightly seasoned otherwise. The saltiness made dipping a bit of overkill on the salt-o-meter (metaphorically speaking because I don't have a salt-o-meter).

The chicken was also, sadly dry and fairly thin to boot. The pieces aren't huge or anything and the breading made the chicken strips initially look bigger than they actually were.

The sauces were a little more interesting; not for dipping though--the strips were too salty and the sauces were pretty salty as well, especially the Kung Pao. But they brought different and non-traditional flavors than the typical dipping choices.

The Kung Pao sauce tasted like a very garlicky blend of soy sauce and vinegar plus the slight kick of some peppers. It's more what I'd think of for stir-frying some noodles  or marinating some chicken rather than something for dipping though. The flavor was fairly strong and, like soy sauce, pretty salty.

The Jalapeno BBQ sauce was a slightly sweet, smoky BBQ sauce with a serious jalapeno kick. It is really spicy; I decided to dip my finger in to get a lick and ended up choking and coughing a little bit from the heat. I thought it was pretty good but not so much with BK's new Chicken Strips. Maybe as a substitute to the Sweet Baby Rays on the Rodeo Burger or something.

Overall, I didn't really care for the new Chicken Strips; too dry, too salty, too much breading. If Burger King wanted to imitate some chicken strips, I don't think McDonald's was the way to go. I'd point to Chick-fil-A and Carl's Jr. for some very nice ones.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Crispy Chicken Strips - 3 piece (135g)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 1400mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 14g


  1. With the ongoing "fast-food wars" I am unimpressed, in general, with the contestants and the "armaments" they are bringing in to commence battle with.

    I still await the firm that concentrates on product quality while doing all possible to decrease across-the-board prices and to have a minimalistic menu.

  2. I work at BK, and none of us at the one I work at like these. Fresh out of the fryer, or sitting in the heating unit for longer than they should, these strips are drying, chewy, and boring. Do Not Like. 

  3. The Kung Pao sauce is basically Ken's Thai Peanut Sauce. I used to work at a restaurant that used it. It's the same.

  4. Loved these mine were very moist and yummy!!! Will definitely go order them again 

  5. these taste EXACTLY like McDonald's Chicken Selects, except drier.

  6. These hurt to eat. Just too much breading.


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