Jun 21, 2012

Review: McDonald's - Spicy Chicken McBites

Spicy Chicken McBites are a limited-time menu item at McDonald's this summer, and are the follow up to the Chicken McBites they were selling at the beginning of the year. They promise battered and deep-fried bite-sized chicken breast pieces with a spicy kick.

I picked up a 3-ounce "snack" box for $1.99. They also come in a 4.5-ounce "regular" ($2.99) and a 10-ounce "shareable" box($4.99).

Spicy Chicken McBites are really for people who like the taste of spicy, crunchy, fried batter with just a touch of chicken inside. How spicy? I would say a medium heat; enough to start a good fire burning in your mouth and eventually get you to reach for some milk.

The McDonald's guy who took my order recommended the Spicy Buffalo sauce to go with the McBites. It was pretty unnecessary and I found myself wishing for Ranch.

The chicken inside was tender and moist, but not quite juicy. I got mostly good-sized McBites with chicken inside and only one or two batter-only bits.

I'm not a fan of the batter. While I like the spicy heat, the batter is thick and somewhat dense with a lightly seasoned flavor. The thickness seems to cause it to absorb a bit more of the frying oil and it has this slightly oil taste that reminds me of deep-fried wonton wrappers. I think I would prefer a lighter, thinner crust and more chicken for the bites. The thick shell just doesn't do it for me.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Spicy Chicken McBites - Snack Size (85g)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 3g)
Sodium - 600mg
Carbs - 18g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 14g


  1. I wasn't impressed with the McBites either... It still boggles my mind as to why McDonald's is the biggest fast food restaurant in this country... Their food is just not good!

  2. C'mon, you know why McDonald's, Subway etc. do so well... it's all about marketing and convenience, this is simply the country we live in. There will be the niche companies that also succeed, but there's a place for the chains too.

  3. Grabbing my Hewlett-Packard 10B calculator bought in the late 1980s and STILL using the original button-type batteries I divided the portion size by the selling price.

    The 3 and 4.5 ounce options gave a figure of 1.51 for each option.

    I am math-challenged so unsure what the 1.51 represents.

    The 10 ounce option is 2.00!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why would anybody pay .49 more for the same product!!!!

    Order 2.22 units of the 4.5 option with its lower cost to receive 10 ounces of product (I think).

    2.22 units of the 4.5 choice equals a total of 6.8 somethings vice the 10 ounce option totaling 4.99 bucks.

    Time to go make a peanut butter sandwich with one slice of bread for a minute fraction of eat-outside-the-shanty fare.

  4.  That's because your math is wrong, it's price / size not size / price. Let me guess, did you get an F in your 3rd grade?

  5.  Yeah... I'm just used to imaginary numbers as used in the alternate universe.

  6. I tried these the other day, while they had the snack size on sale for $1. I didn't really like the original McBites that much but I thought these were way better. If they actually kept them at the $1 price I'd probably get them pretty often, but at double the price they don't really seem worth it.

  7. The McBites are good enough but the Spicy McBites are even better with the kick added.  As long as my local McDonald's cooks 'em right and they're fresh and not sitting out until they're dry as a bone they're worth my money.  I had them with BBQ and Honey Mustard but maybe for even extra kick I should try them with Buffalo sauce.

  8. he got the numbers right -.- just didnt realise that bigger numbers are better

    2 ounces of fried batter per dollar is better than 1.5 ounces per dollar


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