Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders Review

Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders

Chicken nuggets are one of our favorite comfort foods. We love nuggets so much here at Freezer Meal Frenzy that even our vegetarian staffers partake in the nugget-devouring festivities (of course, those folks eat vegetarian-friendly versions that don’t feature real chicken). So we always love to review chicken nuggets when we get the chance.

Thankfully, Archer Farms — which is a proprietary brand of Target — has a broad selection of chicken nuggets and related items. We hope to eventually try them all! The next batch of nuggets on our list is the Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders, which we’re checking out today.

The package includes microwave instructions, but we sense a little bit of hesitation on Archer Farms’ part in offering these. “Use when you’re in a hurry,” they say, implying that you should always use the oven when you’re not. We just skipped all that microwave hubbub and went straight for the oven, which is how these things are meant to be prepared. (You can read the full cooking instructions by checking out the package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders

The product reviews on the Target website claim that these nuggets are inferior to the version that Tyson makes. We can’t weigh in on this great nugget standoff since we actually haven’t tried Tyson’s honey battered nuggets (we’ll have to add those to the list!) That said, we think the Archer Farms version is actually quite good, despite the poor customer reviews.

People seem to be unhappy with the subtleness of the flavor here. The flavor is definitely pretty subtle, but we do think the honey does still come through, lending these a touch of sweetness. Based on what we’ve read, we assume the Tyson version is much more generous with the honey portion than these are.

The chicken is also really tender. It has an almost melt-in-your-mouth quality to it, which makes it irresistible to us. We do acknowledge, however, that not everyone will enjoy this. Some might prefer a less-processed chicken meat that doesn’t have that strange “Play Doh” quality to it. For us, chicken that simply melts away as we bite into it is quite enjoyable (in an admittedly unrefined and undignified way).

Like pretty much any nuggets, these are better with a good dipping sauce. We really like the way barbeque sauce works with these, as it emphasizes the sweetness of the honey batter in a way that makes these really pop. Having tried these both with and without barbecue sauce, we’d go so far as to say the sauce is essential here.

The package claims that five nuggets are a serving, though we think a more realistic serving size is probably about eight. These are actually pretty small (they’re narrow, kind of like fish strips). That said, a five-nugget serving contains about 220 calories and 310 mg of sodium, which really isn’t all that bad.

The Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders are tasty, though perhaps too subtle-tasting and overly processed for refined nugget enthusiasts. While we can’t compare these against Tyson’s offering, we do think the Archer Farms version scratches the chicken nugget itch for us. In fact, we prefer these to Archer Farms’ basic Chicken Breast Nuggets.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these frozen chicken tenders, check out our package scans below.

Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders
Archer Farms Honey Battered Tenders
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