McDonald’s Rolls Out New Buttermilk Crispy Tenders

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New Chicken Tenders At McDonald’s Made With 100% White Meat Chicken And Made Without Artificial Preservatives, Flavors Or Colors

The fast food industry isn’t what it used to be. Companies like McDonald’s are being pushed to continuously attempt to make their food healthier and offer new healthier options. The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders are the company’s latest menu offering.

In case you didn’t know, the McDonald’s menu hasn’t had chicken tenders as a regular item since 2013. Chicken Selects were briefly brought back in 2015, but failed to catch on.

These new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders are chicken tenders made with 100% white meat chicken and are also made without any artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

I tried the Buttermilk Crispy Tenders yesterday as well as the new Signature Sauce and tried to use the new sauce holder. I failed in that last part. Scroll down for more about my experience.

McDonald's has rolled out new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders made with 100% white meat chicken.
McDonald’s has rolled out new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders made with 100% white meat chicken.

What’s The Calorie Count?

Customers can order the new chicken tenders at McDonald’s in 4, 6 or 10-piece boxes. Each tender will set you back approximately 121 calories so, that means 490 calories for the 4-piece, 730 for the 6-piece and 1,210 for the 10-piece.

Each tender also contains approximately 6.5 grams of fat, 1 g of Saturated Fat, 0 g of Trans Fat and 340 g of Sodium.

What’d I Think Of The McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Tenders?

I consider myself a chicken tender aficionado. Probably not an expert because my ego isn’t that big, but definitely a big fan of chicken strips. I’m “that guy” that asks at restaurants if the chicken tenders are hand-breaded. Yes, I think twice about my life choices every time I ask that question.

Now I know that these tenders are not breaded at the local McDonald’s like it’s KFC or something.

The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders at McDonald’s have a light breading so you don’t get that “too crunchy” feeling when eating them. The chicken is soaked in buttermilk before being rolled in the breading, hence the name.

You can definitely tell that these tenders are void of the artificial flavorings like the menu says. They aren’t any artificial or over-powering tastes when you bite into the tenders. The chicken tastes like, well, chicken. I would qualify it as a very full taste.

McDonald’s Signature Sauce = KFC’s Finger Lickin’ Good Sauce

Actual still shot from eating the new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders at McDonald's.
Actual still shot from eating the new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders at McDonald’s.

I ate my tenders with the new McDonald’s Signature Sauce that comes with my order. That’s the actual name of it, “Signature Sauce.” I’m guessing their first idea for the name was “Finger Lickin’ Good sauce”, but they saw that was taken by KFC. Honestly, it’s like the two sauces are made on the same production line and just put in different packages depending on where they are going.

I’m a fan of KFC’s FLG sauce so, it isn’t a bad thing in my opinion, but it is the same sauce. The ingredients are even mostly the same. Look it up.

Nine other sauces are also available with your tenders including honey mustard, honey, ranch, barbecue, Sriracha Mac sauce and more.

Sauce Holder Fail

McDonald’s serves these new tenders in an interesting box. It looks kind of like cardboard lunch pail. There is a perforated flap that folds out with spots to hold your sauces. Check it out below.

The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders at McDonald's come in this new box with sauce holders.
The new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders at McDonald’s come in this new box with sauce holders.

Now, it’s possible I am the only one who can’t seem to work this right. I’ll even admit it is likely.

I ate my tenders at the restaurant so it was much easier for me to just set the sauce cups on the table next to my tenders and dip from there. If you are eating these on the go, I think this packaging is genius. I’m sure if I could dip tenders like a normal human being these would have worked out great for me too.

Instead, this is what happened.


I don’t think I’m using this new sauce holder right. #mcdonalds #chickentenders #fail

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What Are Others Saying About The New McDonald’s Chicken Tenders?

Reviews of the new buttermilk chicken tenders at McDonald’s have been pretty positive.

Kate Taylor and Dennis Green described “an impressively moist tender” in reviewing the menu item for Business Insider.

Tim Carman of The Washington Post calls these new tenders “golden and slammable” in his review.

Despite just being introduced, the McDonald’s tenders already have some direct competition. Wendy’s rolled out new 100 percent all white meat chicken strips this week. The tenders, served with S’Awesome sauce, have been getting positive reviews on Twitter.


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