Friday, February 19, 2010

QuikTrip’s Buffalo Chicken Bites


Because sometimes I don’t want taquitos, except for the fact that I always want taquitos.

Buffalo Chicken Bites are the latest addition to QuikTrip’s roller grill wonderland, and the first time I saw them a couple of weeks ago, I almost got one for breakfast. However, I was in dire need of coffee, and even though coffee and buffalo wings are two of my most favorite things ever, I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be enjoyed in tandem. That morning, my caffeine jones won.

So on our way to see RJD2 at Record Bar last Wednesday, I told Shaw about the Buffalo Chicken Bites. Considering what a connoisseur of QT rolling foods Shaw is, I was surprised he hadn’t heard of them already. Seriously, this is the guy who with his girlfriend brought over a variety box of burritos, taquitos and hot dogs to our New Year’s Day party. Clearly, we were going to need to make a stop at QT.

Buffalo Chicken Bites are 2 for $2 or $1.19 each, and I think having the word bite in the name is misleading. While you can take bites of one, the item in and of itself doesn’t constitute a bite per se. Unless you consider a bite to be the size of roughly five cubic inches of buffalo chicken.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect. They look like giant reddish-orange mozzarella sticks. Or as if they might house a filling of sauce and diced chicken within a thick and bready deep-fried capsule.

Sinking my teeth into my Buffalo Chicken Bite, the barely-there fried coating offered little in the way of crispiness, but did have a medium level of buffalo heat cooked into it. The interior was made up of some sort of chicken log, with the consistency and flavor of packaged luncheon loaf before it’s cut into individual slices.

Taking about eight bites to finish, my Buffalo Chicken Bite was remarkably mess-free, save for a little bit of grease on my fingers afterward. And it might just be in my mind, but curiously, I found it to have an aftertaste like that of cheese.

Shaw and I both agreed the Buffalo Chicken Bites were neither bad nor by no means great. Actually, they were kind of gross. I don’t think I’d ever choose a Buffalo Chicken Bite over a roller grill burrito -- but then again, there’s no saying what depths I’ll sink to whenever that crave for buffalo sauce kicks in.

What do you think the next QT rolling food breakthrough will be? Here’s my prediction: Stickburgers.

24 comments:

  1. I remember getting a roller dog almost every day in high school, nothing better. I'm excited to see that QT is constantly challenging itself with new and different roller foods. Perhaps Lunch Blog could do a tournament style bracket of all roller foods to determine once and for all the supreme Gas Station Food.

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  2. I guess this explains the QT napkins I found mysteriously mixed in with our dinner napkins.

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  3. I miss the mozzarella breadsticks but my favorite is the corn dog with no stick.

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  4. I really dig the buffalo chicken "bites", and there is definitely a cheese component to the chicken log. My refined rolley food palate is rarely wrong about this.

    I love the new roller food concoctions, though QT will likely never approach the Frankenstein-ian heights of the Chili Cheese Taquito Dog ever again.

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  5. Don't go messing with my Chicken bites now- those are my guilty pleasure to be enjoyed in the sanctity of my car.

    Largely because my husband would give me no end of grief if he realized what I'd been eating.

    I second the corn dog sans stick - those are good too.

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  6. Anybody able to find nutritional information about these gourmet treats? I'm afraid what I might find! Yum Yummy

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  7. 7-Eleven makes stickburgers studded with little globs of cheese. A little terrifying but not so surprising.

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  8. dude this is the most delicious thing ever! how could you not like it? you have some issues you need to take up with your therapist lol jk but seriously these are the cream of the crop

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  9. Can anyone find nutrition information for these? They're awesome!!

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  10. I LOVE buffalo wings, and general I'm a huge fan of any buffalo-flavored anything. I tried one of these buffalo chicken bites, and I must say, it was awful.

    I'll stick with the taquitos, thank you very much.

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  11. They are Nasty!! They look like RED ROCKET!!

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  12. nutritional information on all of the QT roller items can be provided in the store, just ask whoever is working and they will print a copy out.

    Cheeseburger taquitos ARE in the works at QT as well as take and bake pizzas.

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  13. Nutrition summary:
    Calories 190
    Fat 14g
    Carbs 14g
    Protein 14g

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  14. I LOVE THEM... HOW CAN U NOT?? THEY ARE PERFECT FOR JUST EVERYDAY SNACKS AND IF YOU;RE IN A HURRY JUST GRAB ONE AND GO...

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  15. I just saw the "Cheeseburger rollers" at QuickTrip in Wichita the other day, so I guess your forecast of stickburgers has come to pass.

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  16. Kent -- we too saw the Cheeseburger Rollers the other day, and totally gave them a try. Check out our review here: http://bit.ly/bzjFRu

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  17. I've had this alot and it tastes great, but the question I'm gonna ask is does anyone know if QT uses another brand for the Buffalo Chicken Bites?
    If so, then post it on this blog.

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  18. MMMMM so yummy. If you get past the look of them they taste great. And yes the sign on the grill says they have cheese in them. If you dont LOVE cheese or buffalo don't try them

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  19. They are delicious. Period.

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  20. Get them and dip them in nacho cheese- heaven.

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  21. buffalo chicken bites are the best thing at QT in my oppinion i love them and never get tired of them and you might of taste cheese because if you look at it while your eating it they have some white maybe motzerella like cheese in them

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  22. Yum yum yumeehhyy!!!

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  23. Love these... Hard to think that anyone would not like these until I came across this blog.. My 4-yr old and 2-yr old love these .. agree they are not the healthiest.. but once a while indulgence is ok I guess.. Has tons of sodium (~50% DV)in it for those who care..

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  24. I want to buy them in bulk, does anyone know where?

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