For a limited time, McDonald’s rolled out another food item with a name that’s quite a mouthful: Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Tenders. Whew. The marketing says these are “hand-tossed and glazed to order.” Maybe, but what are these like in real life?
The offer comes in 4, 6 and 10-piece varieties. Above is the 4-piece version. These are the exact same strips as the Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, only drenched in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. It’s true, they do have a little spice bite, but very very mild.
Nutritionally, the 4-pc comes with 640 calories (90 more than the plain Buttermilk Crispy Tenders with one packet of Tangy BBQ dipping sauce.) You will take in pretty much the same fat, saturated fat and cholesterol between the two tender versions. The big difference is in the sugar and sodium. As you’d probably expect, the BBQ glaze is loaded. 1780mg of sodium and 35g of sugars in the 4-pc. That’s 140mg more sodium and 25g more sugars than the equivalent Buttermilk Crispy Tenders with a packet of BBQ sauce.
Good, but not great, and probably not worth the extra nutritional baggage. But if you’re the type of fast food chicken strip fan who loves to drench their strips in BBQ sauce, this is for you. They’re very sticky and very messy, which is why they come with a knife and fork.