Review: Writer ranks chicken nugget offerings

Paco Schmanske
Contributing Writer

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Chicken nuggets are a true work of art. They are the pinnacle of food. The goal set out to be completed was locating the best chicken nugget of all time.

On a mission to locate the greatest chicken nugget of all time, the four main places that came to mind when the word chicken nugget was uttered, Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A. 

Of course the nugget itself couldn’t just be rated on it’s own so a rating scale was put together. These nuggets would be judged based on the classic dipping sauce to pair with a nugget that had to be included, ketchup. The other categories being rated were as follows: texture and flavor.

4. Wendy’s

Upon first inspection the Wendy’s chicken nugget looked pretty average, nothing truly stuck out. However when picked up, the nugget was sad; it almost was floppy. 

Texture: when eaten this nugget has an awful texture. It was soggy and very off putting, and the texture of the chicken itself was very dense. It was concluded that this nuggets texture was a 2/10

Flavor: The flavor of this nugget was very boring. When eaten, it was quite bland; however, after consumption the aftertaste was quite strange, indescribable. 4/10

Ketchup: This nuggets ketchup was oddly sweet. A good nugget ketchup is tangy. 4/10

Even though this nugget performed very poorly, the price it is marked at is reasonable. When wanting to try these nuggets, the average customer will be set back $1.39 for four nuggets. Wendy’s nuggets receive an overall rating of 2.6/10.

3. Burger King

This is by no means a high quality nugget when just looked at . It is quite comparable to the Wendy’s nugget however it appears slightly darker.

Texture: The texture of this nugget was complex. It was almost soggy on the outside but somehow had a little crunch. The chicken was tender and for that reason it gets a 4/10.

Flavor: This chicken nugget had a surprisingly good flavor. It tasted peppery, however it was a little too salty for my liking. 7/10

Ketchup: The ketchup was tangy. A classic Heinz tomato ketchup, it paired well with the nugget. 7/10

The pricing of this nugget was a little off putting. It was $1 for 10 chicken nuggets which is crazy. The overall rating it received was 6/10.

2. McDonalds

The McDonalds chicken nugget is a true classic. It never really disappoints. It is visibly crisp. It’s perfectly golden brown as well.

Texture: The nugget was not overly crunchy however not soggy,  a perfect equilibrium. The chicken itself was tender as well. The culmination of these two properties has given this nuggets texture a solid 8.5/10.

Flavor: This nuggets flavor is a little bland, not Wendy’s level of bland but still lacking flavor. It did have a minor kick of pepper which is why this nuggets flavor is receiving a 6.5/10.

Ketchup: This ketchup was very good as well. It was McDonald’s Heinz. It was perfectly sweet and tangy but had a different consistency which is why it got 7/10.

This nugget will set you back  $3.48 for the lowest quantity of six nuggets. Overall this nugget received a 7.1/10.

1. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A had the best nugget on this list. Everything just came together well with this nugget. This one was very enjoyable and different from the others on this list.

Texture: The texture of this nugget was very crunchy.  The outer portion of the chicken was crunchy and the chicken itself was dense.  7/10

Flavor: The flavor of this nugget was very different from any of the other ones. It had a lot of flavor and almost a little bit of a pickle taste. 6.5/10

Ketchup: Chick-fil-A ketchup is very well packaged. It was a peel or squeeze ketchup. The flavor was also decent. It was a little tangy. 8.5/10

The price of this nugget was high. It was $4.05 for five nuggets. Even though it is pricey, it’s still a great nugget, and for that reason it is worth the money. The total this nugget received is 7.3/10.


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