Review: McDonald’s Mighty Wings & A Look Ahead This Week (And Next)
Junk Food Nation, it’s Monday. Ugh. Some Monday’s I feel energetic and ready to tackle the week…this is not one. Just tired this morning, people. The Yankees got swept by the Sox, and my Fantasy Football team is on the brink of a loss thanks to Colin Kaepernick’s stinker of a performance last night. BUT, at least the Bills won! #EJManuelIsLegit
(PS: Fantasy Football nugget – fantasy football league’s that use a waiver system are for little babies that want everyone to have an equal shot at winning. In a high stakes league I play in, it’s a shark tank and survival of the fittest all the way. I grabbed James Starks off the wire as soon as he scored his TD. BOOM.)
A quick update for this week and the next. I’ll be going into hermit blogging mode, only putting posts up on Monday, Wednesday, Friday of this week and the next. Real life, aka my job, sort of looks like the finals course from American Ninja warrior for the next two weeks – if I happen to make it to the 28th of September alive, it’ll be a miracle. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
I discussed the new McDonald’s Mighty Wings on the previous episode of The Nosh Show with my friends at The Impulsive Buy, GrubGrade, and On Second Scoop. Even though I have reviewed fast food on this blog before, you guys know that I don’t do a ton of it. Still, these Mighty Wings intrigued me.
I’m from Upstate New York, which means that I, ignorantly or not, have proclaimed myself as a chicken wing expert. This may be a very stupid claim, but whatever. I know what I grew up having, and I know what I like. Now, McDonald’s Mighty Wings are NOT buffalo wings, so that takes out any need for me to complain about the fast food giant getting the sauce wrong, getting the spice wrong, etc. Nope, these Mighty Wings are merely fried chicken wings, able to be dipped into a variety of sauces.
As a personal point, my belief is that chicken wings are not to be breaded. Now, this is not to say I haven’t eaten breaded chicken wings, because I have. And I must say, some have been very good – lots of bars around DC do very good breaded chicken wings. But for me, the quintessential chicken wing is just fried to a crisp in its own skin and it’s own fat – I mean, who DOESN’T love fried chicken skin? EVERYONE LOVES FRIED CHICKEN SKIN.
When I opened this box of Mighty Wings, the first thing I noticed was the grease. THE GREASE. Wait, let me go back – the positives. Decently sized wings. Smelled pretty good. Nice and hot. Ok, back to the grease – SO VISIBLE. But musn’t pass judgment (yet). Let’s take a bite.
I took a bite of these McDonald’s Mighty Wings and chewed. Texture wasn’t bad – the meat was cooked well and chewy. I prefer my wings to be more well done, but that’s a personal preference. The skin was crunchy, but was plenty greasy, as you could see from the earlier picture. I have to say, though, the skin here didn’t taste any more or less greasy than fried chicken from Popeye’s or KFC. Still I was pretty turned off by the pool of oil that remained on my finger tips.
Skin flavor was good though – not too bready, and had a decent spicy flavor. Not a SPICY hot sauce flavor, but more like a peppery kick to the skin that lingered during and after chewing. The skin and meat had the right amount of salt and savory taste.
Overall, I’d give my Mighty Wings experience an average grade. If I’m being subjectively truthful, these weren’t BAD per se – they’re sort of on par with many wings I’ve had at bars, etc. Didn’t love all the grease. They need to let these wings drain more before serving.
However, I was really turned off by the price – $2.99 for three wings? A dollar a wing?? For $3.00, I could get two McDonald’s sandwiches off the Value Menu. In DC, one bar has Quarter-wing night, where you can get a dozen wings for $3.00. Another bar in my hometown I grew up in had an even CHEAPER deal (I seem to remember sitting in a bar in a cigarette haze during my senior year of high school eating wings on dime-wing night. You think THAT wasn’t a deal???)
Anyways, because these wings didn’t blow me away, and because they are waaaay to expensive to be worth it, I will not be buying these again. Still I give McDonald’s credit for trying to get in on the mega-industry that is chicken wings.
PURCHASED AT: Target. Just kidding —- McDonald’s.
COST: $2.99 for three wings
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