Taco Bell's "Premium" Chicken Nuggets Compete With McDonald's

When craving chicken nuggets, you may go to McDonald's. However, Taco Bell may be your final choice. However, Taco Bell's "premium" chicken nuggets and other new menu items this year may alter that.

Taco Bell will offer Crispy Chicken Nuggets on October 12. The hitch is that you must reside near one of the 83 Minneapolis sites that will test them for a short period. 

In an Irvine media event, Taco Bell's brand marketing spokesperson said, "This is a premium nugget. It's not a fast-food chicken nugget patty. This is significantly higher."

Chef, a Taco Bell culinary innovation team member, said consumers want more chicken-based foods and that the nuggets would be made with all-white flesh, adding, "McDonald's doesn't do that.

While McDonald's website says their Chicken McNuggets "are made using all white meat chicken and no synthetic colors, flavors or preservatives," others believe they include "what some people call 'pink slime' or 'pink goop.'

 The company clarified that this is not a depiction of how they make Chicken McNuggets or any other menu item. All Chicken McNuggets use USDA-inspected boneless white-meat chicken."

New Taco Bell nuggets include "real" white chicken meat, jalapeño buttermilk marinade, and one of two dipping sauces.

The first is the spicy Bell Sauce with red chilies, garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Second, try the Jalapeño Honey Mustard, which has a sweet, tangy, and spicy flavor.

A 5-piece order of nuggets with one dipping sauce costs $3.99 to $4.99 (location-dependent). Those who are extremely hungry may get a 10-piece meal with two sauces for $6 to $8.99.

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