Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I ate Church's Chicken's Crispy Chicken Taco and all you get is this lousy review!
Crispy Chicken Taco (Church's Chicken)
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This may shock some of you, but I really, really like tacos. While I should probably be trying, at least minimally, to not perpetuate a stereotype, the truth is that between carry-out and cooking them myself, on an average week I will eat tacos three to four times. I make tacos out of things that aren't tacos by wrapping them in tortillas, like fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. In fact, I like tacos so much that when I found out that Church's Chicken had NEW crispy chicken tacos, instead of reacting with skepticism and/or disdain, I got really excited and knew that it was my civic duty to try these things.
From a Church's Chicken press release via EarthTimes.org:
Church's Crispy Chicken Taco is made with a freshly prepared crispy flour shell filled with seasoned chicken topped with shredded lettuce and real shredded cheddar cheese. It has a traditional Southwestern flavor profile. Church's guests can purchase two Crispy Chicken Tacos with crispy fries and a regular drink for $3.99 or one taco for only 99 cents.
Yes, they cost twice as much as Jack in the Box's cult-favorite equivalent, but they are made with chicken, and are a whole hell of a lot better.
The shredded chicken filling (from what I could tell, I mix of light and dark meat, though the latter was predominant) is mixed with a relatively tasty taco sauce/seasoning, and is juicy enough to provide a nice contrast to the crispiness of the shell. Oh yes, the shell. The crispy, deep-fried flour-tortilla shell essentially makes this a giant flauta, which made me, frankly, antsy in the pantsy. Yes, this one element instantly lends this item more Mexican street cred than anything on any other major fast-food-chain menu. The lettuce and cheese don't really provide much more in the way of gravitas, but the aforementioned shell-and-meat combo could still kick ass on its own.
This item would otherwise receive an adequate, middle-of-the-road rating — the filling combo, for chicken, is good but not life-changing — except that the shell kicks so much ass (yes, the shell kicks ass... I cannot stress how much this shell rules) that it gets an extra half me-head.
(EarthTimes.org, Churchs.com, Photo Credit: Business Wire)