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McDonald's to debut "Mighty Wings" nationally on Sept. 24, 2013

Atlantans, how were these chicken wings when they test marketed in Atlanta back in 2012?

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  1. I might try these. There is no reason that McDonald's should not be able to make a very good chicken wing.

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    1. re: jpc8015

      If they deep fry them and take their time, make sure they NEVER heat/reheat them in the regular ovens, salt them judiciously, revamp their sauce and cook them to order then you are right, its possible.

      I wont hold my breath.

      1. re: jpc8015

        While I will probably try them once out of curiosity (since the wing is the best part of a chicken second only to the thigh), I'm still reasonably sure they'll find a way to _not_ make a memorable chicken wing. After all, look what they've done to the hamburger. LOL

        I also doubt very highly that they will be 'made to order'

        1. re: chileheadmike

          Thats what liquor stores are for.

          Two 16oz Narragansett lagers, two mcdoubles and small fries. Lay the fries on the mcdoubles and cover with BBQ sauce, replace tops, consume with beer.

          7 dollars.

          Adapt process for wings.

        2. Are they real wings with bones, or are they fabricated in injection molding machines in Bayonne?

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          1. re: Veggo

            You mean like overgrown McNuggets?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              But with a smooth airfoil wing surface to simulate a Bernoulli effect.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  The same machine that gave you the McRib.

                  I am so waiting for Steak&Lube to get here.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Probably from the same machine that brought you McRibs.

                    I am so waiting for Quaker Steak & Lube to get here.

              1. re: Veggo

                Reports are the wings have bones. And at $2.99 for three wings those bones damned well better achieve liftoff.

                1. re: JoanN

                  Is it just me that finds $2.99 for 3 wings to be a bit above the typical Mc'Donalds price point? I would have expected $2.99 for 5 or 6 wings. $1.00 per wing is far from a bargain.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Maybe McD's will genetically engineer a more economical 4-winged chicken, sort of a feathered biplane.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      I think Mc Donalds deserves more credit than just a 4-winged chicken, how about a Octochicken!

                      Even I would be impressed with that feat! errrrr wing!

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        John Madden already engineered the six legged turkey.

                        1. re: jpc8015

                          Wouldn't that qualify as a giant insect?
                          "Honey, bring me the Deet, the turkeys are out. Bring the baseball bat, also".

                    1. re: JoanN

                      Are they the whole wing or the parts as sold by KFC?

                      1. re: Clams047

                        Evidently drumettes and wingettes as noted in the GrubGrade review posted below by firegoat.

                    1. re: 4Snisl

                      Gong. For a buck a wing I want decent blue cheese dressing.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        They couldn't lure me in a $1 a wing when the local bar down the street has 35 cent wings all day long in more flavors.

                        1. re: Firegoat

                          I wish I had one of those nearby. The ones in my 'hood are $1 or more at 3 places. A 4th place has 50 centers but I would pay more than that not to have to eat them.
                          Anyone tried Checkers' wings? I haven't yet.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I can't bring myself to pay that much for the Checker's wings. Same for McD's if they are going to be a dollar each. I can get wings exactly how I want them where I am from seventy five cents and up around my parts. Hot and sloppy for no extra charge. Although my bf's wings are damn fine.

                    2. I haven't had them, but a good friend who lives in Atlanta (and is a pretty discriminating snacker) really enjoyed them. He said they were pretty big and satisfying, and by far the best thing he's had from a McD's.

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                      1. re: alliegator

                        Funny I'm often described as "Pretty big and satisfying". Anywho, based on the link supplied just above;

                        http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/08/mc...

                        I'm a little disappointed, I prefer my "wings" dipped or tossed in some sort of sauce. The plain fried wing doesn't turn me on very much, even with dipping sauce. Just my wing preference, I'm sure I'll give them a try regardless.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          You're referring to Buffalo wings, right? I used to make them but haven't in years. I think the fried sound and look great but not at that price.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Buffalo, BBQ, Thai Chili any or all of those.....just sauce. If I wanted just fried chicken I would go to KFC.

                          2. re: jrvedivici

                            Oh, lordy :P
                            Anyways, I plan to give them a go. The Serious Eats thing says they are a bit spicy, so that works for me. Mostly, I prefer saucy wings as well, but being a female of the species, I sometimes have a manicure I don't care to gloop up.
                            Ah, when vanity and love of food collide...

                            1. re: alliegator

                              ... you need someone to lick your fingers

                        2. Speculation that McDonald's new Mighty Wings will actually drive up the price of all chicken wings in general since they've been hoarding wings.
                          http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/08/mcd...

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                          1. re: Firegoat

                            Interesting. But I don't "blame" McDs and perhaps it's just going to create a bigger market. Although I guess you can't get the wings without the rest of the bird :)

                          2. I know it isn't September 24 yet, but I noticed signage up for the mighty wings at my local McDonald's. Haven't tried them. Looking more closely at them, they appear to be breaded like fried chicken. Boo! I'll stay with the bar wings!

                            1. Actually CNBC made an announcement yesterday saying Mc Donalds was rolling them out so I thought it was starting yesterday. My son wanted me to take him there so I obliged, all the time with this thread in my mind, thinking I would try the wings. I was told at my local Mc D's here in central NJ that Sept. 15th they will be serving them.

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                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                So, one miserably rainy Mansquan morning in September of '83. The Northeast wind holwed as I walked the four blocks to the bus to RBC. As I crossed the ACME parking lot, through the raindrops hitting my eyes, I could see the yellow blur head south to pick up the rich kids in Brielle.

                                I trudged home.

                                The old man met me with a gruf "What the fuck are you doin' here?"

                                "I missed the bus."

                                "You know where the train station is."

                                "I thought you could give me a ride?"

                                "Some lessons, my son, you gotta learn for yourself."

                                NJ Transit got my money. I got my lesson. I never missed the bus, unintentionally, again. The old man got his point across.

                                Let the boy learn, Junior. Let 'im learn.

                              2. I wonder if they slime the wings...

                                1. A review of the Mighty Wings
                                  http://www.grubgrade.com/reviews/revi...

                                  It also is worth noting that on Wednesdays Pizza Hut offers 50 cent wings. One half the cost of the McDonald's wings. (And no I haven't tried the Pizza Hut ones, either. I just noticed the ad yesterday.)

                                  1. The review seemed to dwell as much on why McD's is offering wings, than the wings themselves. Like it's not odd that pizza chains offer wings? A few cents more for a better product is a no brainer for me. Looking forward to trying'em

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                                    1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                      I agree that the reviewer seemed predisposed to dislike the wings. I also agree that a pizza place offering wings seemed odd to me as well. There's aren't all breaded up, tho, so I might be more likely to try one.

                                      1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                        I think the pizza/wings concept was originated from the football/delivery standpoint. Pizza and wings independently are probably the largest two forms of food consumed in homes during sports or football specifically. I think the marriage of pizza and wings were born out of that combination, give the consumers what they want.

                                        I'm not a big fan of the breaded wing variety as it seems Mc Donalds is going to be offering, I also enjoy winds coated in some sauce, coated not drowned. I'll give them a shot but I've got a feeling I'm not going to find them superior to the local bar variety, especially at a price point almost double that of a lot of places.

                                        I will give them a try though, just out of curiosity.

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          That's an excellent point on the football wings/pizza link. Didn't even think of that. (I'm not a big football fan other than college ball). Maybe I'll order some pizza/type wings next time I get lazy and order in and will let you know how they are.

                                      2. Alrighty. Earlier, instead of dining at a nice local restaurant as planned, I had a maintenance issue in my rental condo, so instead, I cruised by McD's and saw... Mighty Wings!
                                        I went with the 3 piece. Every single aspect of these little turds let me down. Large enough, but there is so much breading and fat, that there is little meat payoff. Way less so than with a normal bar wing. And the grease was out of control. you expect some, but I eventually washed my hand with a Clorox wipe. Flavor was meh. There was some spice, but nothing lip smacking savory.
                                        Sorry for the crappy pics, I took them after I ate. There is a flat with some size reference and the torn open flat.
                                        ETA--I'm having trouble attaching my pictures, I'll try that part again tomorrow.

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                                        1. re: alliegator

                                          Sadly, exactly what I was expecting.

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            Same here. The overwhelming breading issue makes it a no go for me. At least do chicken legs if you're gonna pile on the breading so there is some meat in there.

                                          2. re: alliegator

                                            I gave these a second try (I always give things 2 tries) on the way home from the airport late last night in an eat anything fugue state. And they where much better than the ones I had before. Still fairly heavily breaded, but more meaty and juicy than my previous batch. I got them with buffalo sauce which added the kick that they lacked.
                                            Overall, would I seek them out? No. If I found myself at McDonald's because I'm lacking much in other choices, would I get them? Sure.

                                          3. Another review I noticed this morning, wit' PIT-CHERS even:

                                            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09...

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                                            1. At nearly a dollar per wing I will pass.

                                              1. Had some tonight at the souderton Pa Micky Dick's. They were bone in and they gave me two drummies and a blade. I will probably get them again but not with the buffalo sauce. And I might ask for all blades since that is what I like and most prefer the drummies.
                                                They weren't greasy and they seemed reasonably fresh. I agree that at a buck apiece they are pricey. I had extremely low expectations so I enjoyed them. I didn't find them spicey at all. They made for a nice snack but a pumpkin latte was probably not the best choice for a beverage. Beer would have been fantastic!

                                                1. Ok I saw the sign up on my local Mc D's yesterday so I took my son in to give them a try. ( he actually made a comment about me initiating a trip here lol )

                                                  Anyway we each got a 5 piece and there is nothing to really say that hasn't already been discussed, decent size, fried, plain with sauce on the side.
                                                  They weren't overly greasy for being fried, but your fingers do get pretty oily and regular napkins aren't much help in cleaning them off. If these continue some sort of a wet nap would be a great idea.

                                                  Anyway my biggest fault was I tasted NO spice or tang to the plain wing at all. I got the Buffallo sauce for dipping which was fine, but the plain wing is lacking any flavor in my opinion.

                                                  Not special enough to ever draw me back to order them.

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                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                    I thought the wings were pretty damn tasty. Pricey yes, but nevertheless they were delicious.

                                                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                      In several reviews I read they said they had some spice or kick to them? Did you feel they did? I enjoy spicy food, so perhaps my palate is trained for a higher level, but I couldn't detect any spicy flavor what so ever. They were good fried wings, but that was just it, no other real flavor.

                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                        On the occasions that I get their nuggets I get the spicy mustard. I assume that's an option. I'd think having them not spicy would make them appealing to a broader base.

                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                          Not a hint of spice for me. But the spicy buffalo sauce was a bit spicy and tasted pretty damn good with the wing. Again nothing earth shattering but a good wing nonetheless at a premium price.

                                                          I would order these again though. I have ideas of mixing the McD's spicy buffalo sauce with the Chik-fil-a sauce.

                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                            I tried them (bad decision)
                                                            For me, they are bland in terms of not really having any flavor... I can't detect any spices like garlic, paprika, onion powder. But they do have a "hot" component to them, as if the batter is just flour, water, salt, and maybe cayenne added. Hot enough that I could only eat one wing because my mouth was burning and I tend to be somewhat sensitive to hot things.

                                                      2. I frikin' love'em! Not the breaded monsters I was told about. Crispy, meaty, nicely spicy, sort of a cumin and cayenne combo it seemed like to me, not greasy. Price? Heck I think it was a good product, so this price isn't a killer for me. I will definitely have them again

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                                                        1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                          I liked them a lot too for the same reasons. I had the sweet chili sauce, I thought it went really well with them. I am not sure what all of the criticism and hype is all about, they are just chicken wings after all.

                                                          1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                            I wasn't even offered sweet chili sauce so I had it with ranch.

                                                            A few thoughts I have. Overall they were pretty good: crunchy, a little kick, fairly meaty. I had the 5 piece meal which left me pretty full. I would get them again but I don't think if I was in the mood for fried chicken, I would go out specifically for them. They probably best go up against the KFC hot wing, which I prefer. Hot wings however are perhaps even pricier for the size of the wings compared to these.

                                                        2. Based on lots of folks giving positive reviews on the Mighty Wings I bought an order the other day. I found them to have an overwhelmingly unpleasant amount of cumin, and this gave them an odd Indian/Mex flavor that I didn't care for. (The McDonald's I went to didn't tell me about the side sauce or give me napkins or ketchup for my fries, and totally screwed up the rest of our order, aside from that!), so I had them plain. Not sure if the sauce would have helped, but I am willing to try one more time with the side sauce. On a positive note, they did have a good crunch,

                                                          1. I got the 5 wing option on Saturday morning. Asked for Honey Mustard. I got the order, it seemed light so I opened the box. Only three wings and no sauce.

                                                            The chick admitted she screwed up 5 wings versus 3 but claimed the had no honey mustard so the next best option was to give no sauces.

                                                            I ate it at the resto.

                                                            I loved the crunch of the wing although I'm not sure why wings are breaded. The wings are so much larger than chicken wings in nature that I was constantly bumping up again the wing reality and the idea that real wings had been augmented with Chicken McNugget paste to make it bigger , then breaded and fried.

                                                            In the end, it was a no-go. I'd rather go somewhere that wings are less adulterated are featured.

                                                            1. Did I hear on a commercial for these that they are limited time only? The commercial I was half listening to made it seem as if these are just here for football season?

                                                              1. $1 per wing? From McDonalds??? How about no, Scott.