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So I'll hit Wendy's every so often for lunch because I'm craving french fries and they're the best in that regard close to work . Out of curiousity, I've given their boneless wings a try, and surprisingly, they're about 75% of the way to a good product.

For all that they're called wings, they're 100% breast meat, and a huge upgrade over the chicken nuggets. The problem begins when they add the sauce to it.

Bold Buffalo with aged cayenne- I think there actually is some nice pepper flavor buried in there somewhere, but it's killed by the rest of the sauce which seems to be about 95% HFCS. Fortunately, my local Wendy's doesn't charge extra if you ask for a couple of chicken nuggets sauces on the side, so I was able to cut down on the cloying sweetness but shaking off some of the sauce and then dipping the wings in ranch sauce.

Sweet & spicy Asian chicken- described as 'authentic Asian flavors' but really in the sense that if you consider the Giant Chinese Superbuffet in Paducah, Kentucky as authentic. Again, it's 95% HFCS, but the chiles and peppers manage to bring something resembling spice to the whole mix. I definitely liked them better than the Buffalo version.

Honey BBQ- I'll let someone else try this one as there seems to be nothing that would cut down on the insane sweetness.

Verdict- best plan of action would be to ask for the boneless wings plain with some chicken nugget sauce on the side to dip them in.

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  1. If you want to do that - order the boneless wings w/o the sauce and get nugget sauce - save some money and just get the nuggets. They also are boneless white meat. Not at all like McNuggets, which is a mix of chicken parts.

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    1. re: danhole

      Because, as I said, they do taste better than the standard Wendy's nuggets.

      1. re: beachmouse

        I guess I missed that, but still the nuggets are also 100% white meat. Is the breading a lot different? As in not so flat.

        1. re: danhole

          The breading is more what you get on their fried chicken sandiwches, and the meat itself seems, I want to say, less reconstituted and closer to their chicken sandwiches than the nuggets in terms of texture.

          1. re: beachmouse

            I tried these about two weeks ago at a Wendy's near my office and they were as beachmouse reports. I had the buffalo sauce on them and found them agreeable enough to try again about a week later at another Wendy's that is just about three miles from the first. At the second one, either they had run out of product or just took the liberty to use the chicken nuggets in place of the product I had had the week before at the first location. It was a poor substitution either way.

            1. re: OneSonTwoCats

              Call me pedantic (and I've been called worse...) but how can they call these things boneless "wings" when they're (apparently) white meat from the breast? Now I'm curious, but not enough so to actually GO there. I haven't enjoyed ANYTHING from Wendy's in a long time.

              1. re: Cheflambo

                Point taken. I hit them because they are close to my office in a highly industrial area with other choices that are not really choices (Taco Bell, Hardee's, McDonald's, KFC). My usual order at W is a plain baked potato and a small chili which seem to tide me over for the rest of the day. The 'wing's were a splurge.

                1. re: OneSonTwoCats

                  OneSon... I feel your pain. Faced with those choices, Id go to Wendy's too. I miss their salad bar (the "Garden Spot"). My coworkers and I regularly referred to it as "Wendy's G Spot".

                  As far as nomenclature goes, the food service industry does crack me up. Where else could chickens have fingers, and buffalos have wings? As far as I can tell, there is no corn and no popping involved with popcorn shrimp (and yes, I DO understand the "popcorn" aspect of eating them).

                  When my sisters and I were little, we knew what was in a bologna sandwich, a ham sandwich, a tuna sandwich. Imagine our surprise when grandma told us she was going to serve "finger sandwiches" to her bridge club!!

                  1. re: OneSonTwoCats

                    I'm right with you on that! The baked potato and small chili combination is filling and probably the healthiest option in the fast food majors. Only 510 calories, and only 10 g of fat, with 11 g of fibre and 22 g of protein. By comparison, a 1/4 lb single with cheese has 490 cals with 25 g of fat, and only 3 g of fibre - and it doesn't fill me up at all. Throw in fries and a coke, and that's probably close to 1,000 calories right there.

                    My only question is do you dump the chili on your potato or do you eat them separately? It used to kill me that when they had the $0.99 value menu, you could get a potato and the chili for the 99 cents each, but if you ordered the chili stuffed potato, it was $2.59. I wonder what genius came up with that pricing policy?

                    1. re: KevinB

                      They probably went to the same school as the people who came up with McDonald's where you can get 2 orders of 4 chicken nuggets cheaper than you can one 6 piece order.

                      1. re: bignickpsu

                        Almost the same at Wendy's. I talked the Offspring out of the Kids Meal when I realized that I could order 5 nuggests, a fruit cup, and milk from the Value Menu for less than the Kids Meal costs. Better price, more food, no junky toy that goes right in the trash anyhow.

                        My presumption is that the marketing people assume that the average customer won't take the time to add up three different prices in their heads and realize where the better deal is. And if their employees are anything to go by, most Americans can't do simple math in their heads anyway.

                  2. re: Cheflambo

                    They aren't the first to call breaded white meat "boneless wings", and they won't be the last! In reality if you took all the bones out of a wing and served it you wouldn't get much meat - unless they were mutant chickens! They would have to be "boneless wing nibbles."

        2. So I tried them yesterday with my kids. YUCK, I was not expecting much, but I thought I wouold give them a try. Inedible is my description. I ended going home and making a sandwich after my kids were done

          1. Thanks for the initial report... I've been seeing more and more of the commercials advertising these, and I was curious to see how they were (although not curious enough to go get them myself, haha).

            1. I thought they were actually pretty good for fast food. I got the spicy Asian boneless wings and they were all white meat pieces in a surprisingly tasty sauce that had some spice. If you go to Wendy's for authentic Chinese, prepare to be disappointed. However, if you want a cheap, tasty, fast alternative, give them a shot.