Tyson likes to tout themselves as a family brand that gives the family a good source of protein so that the family can come together as a family during family time. Basically, they like to cram the word â€œfamilyâ€ as much as they can into every commercial while throwing in the occasional â€œwholesomeâ€ and â€œnutritious.â€ How, then, can they justify selling this?
This, of course, is their new Anyâ€™tizers line of products which feature such strange treats as bacon/cheddar chicken bites and Burger King-style chicken fries. Tyson says that this line is necessary in the world of frozen food because â€œsnacking has become the fourth meal in todayâ€™s busy households.â€ However, we all know that Taco Bell is in fact Fourthmeal (Yes, that’s how they spell it), so Iâ€™m not sure who theyâ€™re trying to fool.
I decided to try it out anyways and went for their cheddar jalapeno chicken bites. These are three ingredients that I love on their own, but I was certainly skeptical of their ability to be tasty in deep fried ball form. I donâ€™t believe that Iâ€™ve ever had processed chicken mixed with cheese, but I figured that I love Oscar Meyer cheese dogs, so it couldnâ€™t be all that bad.
I was mostly right. The image of melted cheddar oozing out of the chicken is undeniably strange, but the flavor is suitably mild. I actually enjoyed the jalapeno in the bite as it was spicy without being overbearing. I tested it on various dipping sauces, from ranch to ketchup, even digging through my fridge for some salsa con queso as seen on the box. I found that it tasted best on its own, as sauces masked its flavors.
These wonâ€™t replace regular chicken nuggets for me, but itâ€™s a tasty treat for kids and those gross people who enjoy mixing their food together as they eat.
(Nutritional Facts – 4 pieces – 200 calories, 100 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 13 grams of carbs, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein, 0% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 8% Calcium, and 4% Iron)
Item: Tyson Any’tizers Cheddar & Jalapeno Chicken Bites
Purchased at: Albertsons
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Real jalapenos give it a spicy kick. Cheddar cheese flavor is mild. Pretty tasty without need for dipping sauce.
Cons: Processed chicken means that the bites wonâ€™t please more adult palates. Some would find the combination of flavors off-putting. Pricier than regular chicken nuggets. Tyson trying to steal Fourthmeal from Taco Bell.