Sep 24, 2012

Review: Burger King - Popcorn Chicken

Burger King's Popcorn Chicken is part of their autumn chicken-centered menu and features bite-size, battered and fried pieces of chicken breast. They look a lot like McDonald's Chicken McBites which were available earlier this year and I'm sure that's the intent with Burger King's recent McDonald's-like menu expansion.

A small order cost me $1.99.

My Popcorn Chicken were fresh out of the fryer and were nice and crunchy for it. Though, like McDonald's version, there's a bit of a thickness to the batter that gives it a long-lasting crunch that is still present even when the pieces are cold.

The batter is very lightly seasoned and neutral in flavor; great for serving as a vehicle for one of 8 available sauces (I went with Honey Mustard).

Whether you like BK's Popcorn Chicken really depends on whether or not you like deep-fried, slightly seasoned batter. Because for the most part, they're as much batter as chicken (save for a few pieces here and there) and there are the occasional pieces that are just batter. None of the pieces were what anyone would call "juicy." Personally, I like the crunchy batter, but would rather it be paired with more substantial pieces of chicken.

Overall, Burger King's Popcorn Chicken is less an example of one-upmanship over McDonald's and more an instance of me-too-ism. Basically, if you're missing McDonald's Chicken McBites, Burger King's Popcorn Chicken will give you much the same experience.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Popcorn Chicken - small (108g)
Calories - 240 (from Fat - 100)
Fat - 11g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 860mg
Carbs - 19g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 18g