So, how do the Mighty Wings stack up? Surprisingly, very well after an initial taste test. The chicken wings are sold in three sizes: 3-pack, 5-pack and 10-pack. The wings start at $ 2.99 for the 3-pack. And, if you do the math, you will find that the wings are not exactly cheap for fast food fare, with each wing ringing in at nearly one buck a pop.
But, the pricey tag does result in a better quality product. Open the Mighty Wings box and you will immediately notice the appealing golden appearance of the wings.
Chomp down on a wing and it gets better. The wing coating is crispy, crunchy and exhibits a bold, spicy and peppery flavor. The marketing message on the wings box encourages customers to “gasp at the kick” and the “kick” from the cayenne and chili pepper in the coating did indeed take me by surprise. I didn't expect the robust flavors from a chicken wing at fast-food joint--much less one from McDonald’s--a place traditionally known for its quick-serve burgers and fries.
And if the peppery, spicy flavor is too bold for a mild-leaning palette, you could mollify it a tad by dunking the chicken wing into your choice of sauce from the nine varieties that come with an order of Mighty Wings. Sauce options include: Chipotle Barbecue, Honey Mustard, Sweet Chili, Creamy Ranch, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue, Buffalo Sweet and Sour and Hot Mustard.
I chose Hot Mustard and the sauce was a nice accompaniment to the wings. The chicken wings were of a good size and aptly moist and tender on the inside. Each wing boasted a sizable amount of meat and were also not overly greasy.
Compared to the pallid meaty patty in my Quarter Pounder in the same order, I’d take another order of Mighty Wings any day. If you want to try the new Mighty Wings, you will have to act relatively soon. McDonald’s debuted the wings nationally in early September and will offer them only through November.