5. KFC Original Recipe Bites
The build: Premium 100% breast meat, freshly hand-breaded and served with your choice of creamy ranch, honey mustard, BBQ, or creamy Buffalo sauce.
Wait time: 4min 56sec
Tasting notes: Considering KFC was the winner of my chicken sandwich taste-test, I had high expectations coming into this. To set the mood, I went to my normal KFC/Taco Bell joint and watched a particularly disheveled woman wearing a towel like a cape throw a bunch of pennies at the drink machine. And then I asked for my bites, and was told that they only had four left, and the very pleasant counter guy (also named Kevin!) asked if I wanted a “sh*tload of bonus tenders”. I passed on the bonus tenders (sorry Kevin!), got my four chicken bites, thought about throwing my own pennies at the drink machine, then settled in.
The chicken was spicier than most of the others I’d had -- not in a red pepper way, but more like black pepper hints. The breading was crispy, and the chicken tasted fresh. All in all, it was a solid bite, but it didn’t shine in any particular way. The BBQ sauce that came with it had a smoky kick, but then faded, and the honey mustard was, again, like the condiment equivalent of one of those cowboy movie facades of a saloon. It looked like some damn good honey mustard, but when you tasted it, you realized it was all first impression, and there was no foundation. Final call: perfectly good nuggets, but nothing game-changing.