The promise of fried golden crispy chicken, direct from the convenience of the freezer on demand; the promise of this product from Banquet is a powerful one. Inside the cardboard box you will find a non resealable plastic sack with five pieces of chicken. The box states that the precise pieces may differ, mine had one breast piece, a few wings and a thigh.
Cooking: Bake or microwave. Naturally, I skipped the latter, who wants soggy fried chicken after all. Indeed I went with a third unlisted option, my trusty air fryer. I’ve used that to reheat fast food fried chicken, and store bought fried chicken – all successfully. There’s a lot of oil locked up in chicken breading here, some decent amount of smoke was produced in the cooking.
Taste and texture: Meh. That’s about the most I can muster. I mean it is fried chicken, and the occasional bites did yield some minor enjoyment; more often than not though I encountered gummy and unappealing sections. The breading is thick and heavy, often peeling away from the chicken, which itself doesn’t taste fantastic. The breast was the standout piece, but the rest was subpar.
Overall: I’d wager your local grocery store has a deli section. I’d wager you will find store cooked and cooled fried chicken there. I’m also willing to bet that it’s far better than this frozen product. Skip this and buy the store brand instead.
Is Banquet Original Crispy Fried Chicken any good
I’d personally pass on this one and reach for store cooked fried chicken in the deli section. This Banquet product is underwhelming, heavy breading and less than great chicken underneath.
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10 thoughts on “Banquet Original Crispy Fried Chicken review”
Very disappointed great big box very little chicken. Just like all the rest put less in and up the price.
It’s ridiculous the price I had to pay for this item and it only had 3 pieces of chicken in each box. How can you feed a family of 4 with 6 pieces of chicken? I’m so dissatisfied with Banquet. If I’m going to pay expensive prices for something it should be worth it and it wasn’t. Wont ever buy it again!!
Total damn ripoff, banquet should be ashamed of themselves for overcharging for three or four pieces of chicken ($11-13). Trying to feed a family on a fake family size box of chicken is just rotten to the core. Banquet should fix this problem or discontinue the product.
I paid 12.00 for a box of original chicken and I was very disappointed in the product I use to like but there was only 4 pieces in the box so I paid 3.00 for each piece and there was only 2 breast and 2 theighs the last box I bought I only paid 10.00 for it and it had 6 pieces but like somebody said raise the price and less chicken that hurts a persons wallet when your on a fixed income
For what I paid for this box of chicken and then find only 4 pieces in it is outrageous. If you had put the number of pieces in the box on the outside of the box, I would have walked away ftom it. What a rip off.
Exactly, they use to have the number on the bow (5 to 8) but that was the regular size box, the price was about $5.00. and the Family size box had (8-10 pieces) for about $8.00. they suck.
Horrible it went right in the trash can didn’t even look like real chicken and only 4 pieces in the box absolute rip off never again !
I used to love banquet chicken it had real chicken and had like 8 peices in a box..Now it’s all breading fat and grizzled the chicken breast had 1 edible bite and 4 peices in a box for $11….If there striving for the worst fried chicken they have achieved it congratulations! I’d say shut it down if you don’t care about a quality product….
Disgusting product. Bad taste and odor, like it was fried in old grease. Batter is really thick on “so-called” breast, or whatever it was. Two large pieces (could not really tell what they were), and three “small” legs in the $10.59 box. Tried to eat it, had to throw it out. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE BUY THIS PRODUCT!!
Horrible smell which results in horrible tasting white meat