Carl's Jr. New Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders Are The Hottest Things You'll Ever Wait Forever For

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Here's a fun 10 minutes for Fry Girl: Camped out in my car at the drive-thru window at Carl's Jr. waiting for my order of hand-breaded chicken tenders with cars piling up behind me (one honking its horn) and the Carl's Jr. staff sneaking peeks every minute or so until I'm handed a bag so friggin' hot it nearly chars the classy synthetic upholstering of my passenger seat on the way home.

What the hell was going on in there?

Regarding CJ's debut of its chicken tenders, executive vice president of marketing Brad Haley said, "We love to be able to give Carl's Jr. customers a 'wow' experience, as in, 'Wow, I can't believe I can get something that good at a fast-food place.'"

Wow, I can't believe I didn't suffer third-degree burns and a tire iron through my back windshield. So is CJ's new chicken chow worth it? Let's find out.

Previously using pre-cooked frozen chicken strips, Carl's claim is that its new chicken tenders are freshly prepared and hand-breaded, using all-white meat dipped in a buttermilk-and-egg batter then rolled in seasoned flour and fried. A three-piece will run you around three bucks (a five-piece is $4.50) and is served with the option of buttermilk ranch, honey-mustard, or barbecue dipping sauce

I got the five-piece and all three dippin' sauces. Can't be too careful on the new stuff.

I was pleased to see the chicken strips were not too small, but when they finally cooled down enough for me to take a bite (seriously, way too hot) the breading was slimy, greasy, and slipped off the meat. And though the taste may beat the pre-cooked frozen fowl, it's average at best -- requiring a dippin' sauce (go with the honey-mustard) to add flavor.

The surprise? The sodium. Holy cluck, these tenders are loaded with it. How does 1,930 milligrams for a five-piece grab ya? Ouch.

Would I have Carl's Jr. New Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders again? Nice try, Carl's, but probably not. I'll stick with Popeye's Louisiana Tenders as my choice for chicken strip chow.

What say you, my fast-food friends? Have you had the new chicken tenders from Carl's Jr.? What did you think?

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Juliecustudio
Juliecustudio

They are absolutely amazing!!! I love love love them!! I hate fast food but will eat these allday long!!

guest
guest

juicymeat but not the highest quality. The breading has a bad taste, the oil does too, tastes like oily toasted vegetable, and does not make u feel healthy either.

Nurseykw
Nurseykw

One of the worst tasting things i have ever eaten!

annie
annie

hahaha chicken tenders from carl's jr in mexico SUCK so much and are really really small haha they're like nuggets, three little nuggets so if you're in mexico fooooor any reason that you shouldn't, be don't ever go to carl's jr is really different from the US. Just noooot cool guys

Mozjess8
Mozjess8

One word to your Narrative, Plagiarism!

Groovytiff84
Groovytiff84

from reading your reviews....must be the salt that makes it so gamey and nasty tasting. salt really has no place in chicken, but its fast food....oversalting chicken is hella stupid. carls jr should be ashamed I bet even McDs chicken fingers are better....cant say for sure as I havent eaten there in like a decade and a half

Groovytiff84
Groovytiff84

I thought these were so god awful disgusting that I just had to google to find a place to write a shitty review. what a rip off, sooo nasty tasting for what I paid...paid over 6 bucks and managed to gulp down 1 of my 3 pieces, "examined" the rest of the chicken strips thoroughly (did NOT look like real meat) and unless I just got a particularly shitty, possibly diseased chicken, um, chicken doesnt taste like this. damn u chick fil a for closing early (and on SUN boo) and forcing me to make an awful decision. for over 6 bucks I got fries (ok not the best) and a drink (lipton raspberry tea, the tastiest thing I ordered as it turns out) p.s. that bbq sauce is nasty too

Blah
Blah

Greasy, chewy and slow. Really the best of all worlds.

Smhailey29
Smhailey29

I agree..I was totally disappointed with these...the commercials make them look super crispy. they were not crispy at all and they were small. they did not taste fresh at all...i've tasted frozen chicken strips better than this...and to top it off i was near death from starvation and then to discover these tasted pretty bad...ugh!

Jason Wright
Jason Wright

i just tried Carl Jr's new chicken tenders because the commercials they have for them make them look big, crunchy and delicious. What I got was greasy, oily and so-so on the taste scale. Still looking for breaded chicken that doesn't slide out of my hands when I pick it up.

Yucky2010
Yucky2010

I tried the chicken tenders a few days ago and was VERY disappointed. When you see the commercial, they look large and golden brown, but when they came to the table (after spending 6 bucks for only three!), they were small and tasted like the fronzen ones you get in a bag.What a rip off. KFC has chicken tenders that are much better tasting and less expensive. Carl's Jr., either bring the price down or make them the way you advertise them on TV.

Shananana719
Shananana719

Idk what carls you go to but we just got the new hand breaded strips, and they arent pre cooked. when they come out of the fryer they look just like the picture. the nastyness is probably from the cooks rushin the process. its not somethin you should get through drive thru, cuz Carls Jr has a bad reputation for drive thru times....

Chucky28
Chucky28

I burned the roof of my mouth today

Bgwrkr
Bgwrkr

This product comes frozen, already butter-milk dipped and breaded, then deep-fried, hence, "freshly prepared". Nowhere will you find marketing stating their hand-breaded chicken tenders are fresh and NOT a pre-packaged, pre-pared, frozen product. Like any good marketing division, the direction is pointed to how you should connect they dots, but THEY never said what our minds imply.

Yummy
Yummy

First off, I dont really like Carl's Jr. I think their burgers and fries are sub par.

Having said that, these handbreaded chicken things are AMAZING. They remind me of the tenders from chic-fil-a, but more "fried"

Anyway, this is the first product that Carl's has come out with that makes my mouth drool with anticipation. I agree that the skin does fall off a little too easy, and that that sodium is off the charts. None of the ones that I have goten have been too greasy or slimy tho. Best fast food chicken I have in a long time, maybe even ever period.

Julie Peterson
Julie Peterson

I almost tried these today, and now I think I'll wait for a location other than my nearest CJ until they get the kinks worked out. Thanks. And yeah, I do eat FF chicken for the chicken -- if I get fried instead of grilled it's because I hope it will be moister, which even Jack-in-the-Box managed for a few years with their strips.

Sunshine
Sunshine

I don't agree with you; hot food is bad? Freshly made for you chicken tenders are bad and frozen overspiced chicken that's been sitting under a heat lamp is good? I had the Carl's Jr. tenders last night and they were hot, good, juicy and the breading was crisp and light (oh, yeah, I'm eating them for the chicken ...). Not to mention being able to have them with a side salad for me, and the best fries (cross cut) in the universe, bar none? Hmm, everybody to their own taste, I guess, but I'm making a habit out of Carl's Jr.

annie is a DFB
annie is a DFB

annie sounds like an idiot.  I wouldn't believe anything she says.  "fooooor"? "noooot"?  WTF is that?

Biff
Biff

This is false. The chicken is breaded and then immediately fried. I should know. I do it.

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