No, you’re not going crazy. McDonald’s really does get rid of its Chicken Selects every other minute, and now, they’re trying yet again to make them a thing by testing a new recipe for Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders in certain parts of the U.S.
Back in March, McDonald’s started testing the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders at 138 restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina, in addition to a new, tangy/sweet “signature sauce.” Business Insider reports that the tenders are made with “100 percent white meat with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, or antibiotics important to human medicine.” The tenders are marinated and battered with buttermilk and spices.
AL.com reports that the fast-food giant just started testing the recipe in the Birmingham, AL area this month, for the second test phase of the process, before they (hopefully) roll them out nationwide.
The chicken tenders, formerly known as Chicken Selects, were a permanent menu item from 2002 until 2013, when they were dropped. Reportedly, they didn’t perform well (although why, I don’t know, because they were delicious IMO), but McDonald’s brought them back in 2015 in the hopes that they would catch on again. Alas, it was a flop, but because McDonald’s wants to add another successful chicken option to the menu (that isn’t any of the chicken sandwiches), they’re giving it another go.
McDonald’s has tried and tested multiple items over the years in an effort to diversify its offerings. Some were epic fails, but others could have had potential! Take the McPizza. Buzzfeed reports that it was introduced in 1989, and eventually reached over 500 Micky D’s nationwide before being discontinued due to how long it took to cook.
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And who could forget the McSalad Shakers? Quite literally a salad in a cup, the Shakers were discontinued in 2003 after just two short years on the market. Sure, they were replaced by the Premium Salads, but those are NOT easy to eat in the car. Trust.
One of the more cult-favorite menu items McDonald’s has discontinued are the Onion Nuggets. They’re from the mid-70s, and only made appearances in select markets, but they were basically little blocks of onions that were battered and deep fried. Maybe because Chicken McNuggets reign supreme, there was only room on the menu for one kind of nugget… but can you imagine? NOMS.
This #ThrowBackThursday actually goes to this food that used to be served at McDonalds known as Onion Nuggets. I know it's a weird thing to put up on a #TBT Instagram post but it was in my camera roll for some reason and I ran out of old nostalgic photos for now. Anyway they would cut up chunks of onion and fry it up, and from what I heard it would taste like a Blooming Onion at Texas Roadhouse. I would love it if McDonalds (@mcdonalds) put this item back on the menu because I would try this. #McDonalds #FastFood #WeirdThrowBackThursday #Onions #OnionNuggets #BringItBack #ImLovingIt #4To9PM #Menu
Hopefully, the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Tenders take off this time, but if they don’t, and McDonald’s keeps trying, this won’t be the last we see of the tasty chicken strips. Fingers crossed.
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