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Is McDonald's Bringing Back Chicken Tenders?

The Golden Arches is trying to revive this menu item for a third time. Is the third time the charm?

Chicken tenders held a coveted spot on the McDonald's menu for an impressive 11 years. And although the fast food giant nixed the item in 2013, Ronald brought them back as Chicken Selects in 2015—only to slash 'em off again due to lack of popularity. "We had had tenders in the past, chicken fingers in the past, that just didn't meet expectations," Jason Black, a Birmingham-area McDonald's franchisee, dished to But, it seems like McDonald's believes that the third time's the charm. "We had such success with the buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich that we thought we should try that with the tender recipe, and it seems to be working," Black said.

Mickey D's is reportedly testing its new Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders recipe in parts of Alabama and North Carolina, and has even featured the menu item on its website, which shows that you can order the spiced buttermilk-battered tenders in multiple sizes ranging from a three-piece order to a 20-piece! To put things into perspective, let's compare the four-piece tenders' nutritionals to the four-piece Chicken McNuggets order.


Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders

mcdonalds Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders
Courtesy of McDonald's

Nutrition: 480 calories, 28 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 1290 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 38 g protein


Chicken McNuggets

mcdonalds chicken mcnuggets
Courtesy of McDonald's

Nutrition: 180 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 10 g protein

While the McNuggets boast a lower calorie, fat, sodium, carb, and protein count, the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders are larger and more filling, and we like that they're concocted with lean, boneless, and skinless chicken breast. Since the latter contains more than half of the FDA's daily recommended sodium intake, we suggest ordering the buttermilk nugget rivals only once in a blue moon, holding off on the dips, and chugging an extra glass of water between bites. Speaking of a tounge-parching meal, be sure to steer clear of these 20 Saltiest Restaurant Meals On The Planet.


April Benshosan
April is a born-and-raised Brooklynite who has a passion for all things health, wellness, and tastebud-related. Read more about April