When McDonald's ditched Chicken Selects in 2015, many mourned the loss of the dish.
For the last two years, customers at the fast-food chain haven't had anything but the McNugget for their chicken dipping purposes.
That just changed.
McDonald's recently launched the Buttermilk Crispy Tenders - a new take on the chicken tender.
For a chain with such an iconic chicken dipper already, that gives the tenders a tall order to live up to.
We decided to try the Buttermilk Crispy Tenders ourselves, in an effort to see how the new menu item stacks up against the ghosts of chicken tenders past.
WE GOT A 10-PACK OF THE TENDERS FOR $9.10 FROM A MCDONALD'S IN NEW YORK CITY. THEY COME IN THEIR OWN — IMPRESSIVELY WEIGHTY — BOX, STUFFED WITH CHICKEN.
AS A DUO THAT CAN EASILY DOWN 20 MCNUGGETS EACH IN ONE SITTING, WE APPRECIATED THE HEFT OF THE TENDERS. THE LOOK WAS ALSO PLEASING, WITH A PLEASANT GOLDEN BROWN COLOR, A CREVICE-FILLED BREADING, AND APPEALING PEPPER SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT. THE SIZES OF THE TENDERS ARE ALSO NOT UNIFORM, ADDING A "NATURAL" HOMESTYLE FEELING THAT THE MCNUGGET SORELY LACKS.
DIGGING IN, WE FOUND AN IMPRESSIVELY MOIST TENDER ENCLOSED IN THE NICE CRUNCHY EXTERIOR. THERE'S A GREAT BALANCE OF WHITE MEAT CHICKEN TO BREADING HERE, BOTH COMPLIMENTING EACH OTHER WITHOUT DISTRACTING FROM THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE. THERE'S NO SPICE AS PROMISED BY THE LITTLE DOTS OF PEPPER IN THE BREADING, BUT THE RICHNESS OF THE EXPERIENCE DOES NOT DEMAND IT.