REVIEW: Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chips

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Few foods have been put through their paces like fried chicken. The ever-innovating fast food industry has turned the simple Southern dish of breaded and deep fried poultry into everything from dinosaur nuggets to sandwich buns.

Taco Bell is no stranger to this modern art of meat sculpture, having morphed a chicken patty into a Chalupa shell earlier this year. That dish’s spiritual successor – the Naked Chicken Chips – are available now. Compared to the carnival oddity of a taco built out of chicken, these chips seem blasé by comparison. But these triangular treats have some quirks of their own.

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The Naked Chicken Chips come in servings of 6 or 12, mirroring your average serving of nuggets. The chips are a bit thinner than your ordinary chicken nugget, stretched out to tortilla chip size.

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The interior is typical processed white meat, but the breading has quite a bit of pepper. Each chip has a generous layer of breading with a gratifying crunch. It’s not as aggressively seasoned as a Burger King Chicken Fry, but the Naked Chicken Chips are spicier than your average McNugget.

Young kids (the typical nugget audience) might be put off by the added spice, but adults shouldn’t have any concern. If anything, these chips feel underseasoned by Taco Bell standards. It doesn’t help that the only dip being offered with this dish is standard nacho cheese. The two make a satisfying pair – rich and savory. But there’s an inescapable feeling that this could be something more.

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Fast food chicken’s appeal is in variety. While the pieces are themselves bland, they can play host to a wide array of sauces and dips. By limiting these chips to cheese, Taco Bell isn’t realizing the full potential of these dippables. Spicier selections (like the chain’s beloved Lava sauce), or even existing spreads (such as Avocado Ranch) could make this a perfect showcase for Taco Bell’s sauce catalog. Even topping these with the same options as the existing Triple Layer Nachos would’ve been great.

At $2.29 for six, the Naked Chicken Chips are a reasonable addition to any Taco Bell order. They won’t blow anyone away, but could be a valuable long-term addition to the menu.

(Nutrition Facts – 6 chips – 390 calories, 220 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 1110 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 1 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $2.29
Size: 6 chips
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Hearty side, slightly different from Taco Bell’s other offerings. Good deal for the price. Could be great as a protein option for burritos, etc.
Cons: Only offered with Nacho Cheese. Not as innovative as the previous Naked Chicken offering. Chicken nuggets are available pretty much everywhere.

5 thoughts on “REVIEW: Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chips

  1. Taco Bell’s Snapchat dies say you can sub any sauce for free. I was planning with the avocado ranch or the chipotle one that’s on the potato taco.

  2. I’m an adult, but these were way too spicy for me to enjoy. I only ate half of them and had to toss the rest out.

  3. I’ve only had them once, but they tasted like they had a very subtle hint of the DLT Nacho Cheese powder on them. With that said, they seemed a little bland with the nacho cheese sauce, the avocado ranch sauce might be a better option. They didn’t taste at all like the naked chicken chalupa to me, the chalupa chicken was spicy and had more flavor than the nuggets to me. I’d get them again, but wouldn’t be my first choice.

  4. I’m in the ‘too spicy’ camp (like the chicken chalupa was for me) and yeah, the cheese sauce is cheap, artificial tasting cheese, which doesn’t help. I got the $5 box and they were by far the least tasty item in it. Too bad!

  5. LOL! I wrote him and he wrote back saying he wasn’t going to put these up on the website. I guess he had a change of heart considering these are absolutely fantastic!!!

    Definitely not too hot for me.. (nowhere near hot). These are about the same heat range as a Wendy’s Spicy Nugget (which they discontinued), but with a better taste and they’re not super dry like a Wendy’s Spicy Nugget was. These are moist and tender, yet sort of crunchy. I think they’re prefect.

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