REVIEW: Arby’s Premium Chicken Nuggets

Arby s Premium Chicken Nuggets Spill

Until I sat down to write this and started Googling for background info, I had absolutely no idea that Arby’s — noted proprietor of meat — didn’t have chicken nuggets on its menu. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the chicken tenders and just assumed it also served poultry in a more nuggeted form; maybe it’s because when traveling to the land of curly fries and Beef’n Cheddar, who feels it necessary to order nuggets?

I never had before, and, in case you don’t feel like reading a full review of Arby’s new Premium Chicken Nuggets, I probably won’t again. That isn’t to say they are appalling or abhorrently bad; they’re just… boring.

Arby’s touts its new offering as having “100% chicken breast,” which seems legit and is pretty par for the course, I guess. It’s offering them in Arby’s kids’ meals (as a 4 or a 6 piece) and as a 9-piece solo meal or as part of its “2 for $6” promotion, which also includes the Classic Roast Beef and the Classic Beef’n Cheddar. And while $3 for 9 nuggs is a reasonable deal in today’s market (Maybe? To be fair, I haven’t comparative nugget priced in a while.), you’d be better served doubling up on the B&C, honestly.

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The thing about these is that there is nothing special about them. The seasoning is bland (and by “bland,” I mean “non-existent”) and the nuggets themselves are drier than a mummy’s tongue. These things are no different than frozen nuggets that come from a truck that maybe you’d find at a neighborhood swimming pool or waterpark snack bar. Fresh from the fryer (and these were), they are hot and salty.

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Additionally, they are decently sized. Unlike McDonald’s or Wendy’s uniformly sized nuggets, these are all like snowflakes, like the kind you’d get at, oh, say, Chick-fil-A. The smallest piece was the size of two Hershey’s Kisses mushed-up together, and the biggest was the size and shape of an obese walnut. If you’re getting them for $3 as part of the promotion, it’s a reasonable deal; if, however, you’re getting them in the meal or as a solo item ($3.99), you’re moving out of the “good deal” territory.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a perfectly acceptable sauce delivery vehicle, these will do. You know, like almost any other nugget. If, however, you want a nugget that can headline based on the strength of its own merit, this isn’t the one for you. Arby’s would do well to stick with the RB and leave the chicken to those who typically traffic in bird.

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 9-pieces
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (9 nuggets) 470 calories, 23 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat,75 milligrams of cholesterol, 1360 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 38 grams of protein.

15 thoughts to “REVIEW: Arby’s Premium Chicken Nuggets”

  1. Wow. Those have to be some of the saddest looking chicken nuggets that a fast rood restaurant has ever sold.

    1. They do look they’re straight from the freezer after a few years, don’t they . . . .

  2. Haven’t been to Arby’s in many years, but one of my favorites waaay back then was their chicken tenders with a side of homestyle fries & their three pepper sauce. Don’t think they have any of that on the menu anymore!! LOL

  3. I could not disagree more. It could be the Arby’s that you went to. Those don’t look they were fried. Almost look microwaved. The Arby’s here in Alabama was a test market. We have had these for about a year. I have had some of the nuggets as large as an Oreo Cookie on multiple occasions. They are dark brown, extremely moist and the breading was crunchy, salty and peppery. I’m a big guy and just the 9 piece nuggets alone filled me up. The nuggets here are super dark brown almost like they are overdone, but they are not. Maybe you got the Extra Exclusive Secret Albino Rhino Nuggets.

    1. LMAO at your last line.

      Literally, the VERY first thing I thought, when seeing this new review up (prior to even reading a single word), was: “Man, those are some anemic-looking chicken nuggets!”.

      I’m glad to hear, Dan, that your experience with them was so much better!

    2. I didn’t think that Alabama was a test market for absolutely anything. You learn something new every day, I guess

  4. Yeah, not surprised by this…their tenders suck, so I assumed that these would too. Their fried chicken breast sandwich is decent though. Thank you for the review, answering my curiosity, and saving me wasting my money.

  5. Their chicken tenders suck ass, so I’ll be skipping these! I actually haven’t been to an Arby’s in over a year since the quality of the roast beef went WAY down where I used to live. Not even sure if there’s an Arby’s where I live now, and frankly, I don’t care. I do love their Jamoca shake, though.

  6. This was not my experience with the nuggets at all. The nuggets I had were meaty and juicy and tasted like I remember their chicken tenders tasting like years ago before whatever they did to drop their quality.

  7. *Sees link…
    “Premium nuggets, eh?”
    *Sees first picture…
    “This has to be a joke.”
    *Reads review…
    “Kudos to the advertiser who had the balls to name these ‘Premium’.”

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