Wednesday, March 23, 2011
7-Eleven Boneless Wings
I have long stated that there is almost nothing I love more than boneless wings, that I will always try them. This is why, when a place like Wendy's comes out with boneless wings - basically their chicken nuggets drenched in sauce for three times the price - I do not hesitate to try them. Frozen boneless wings? Sure. Church's keeps shuffling its flavors of boneless wings? No problem, I'll try 'em all.
So you can imagine my reaction when I first read that 7-Eleven would begin serving boneless wings. (I've only eaten at 7-Eleven once in my life: a slice of pizza that I bought, if I recall correctly, on a dare. It was terrible.) Advertised with the not-terribly-clever slogan "Bad to the boneless," 7-Eleven promises that they "don't toss them in sauce until you tell us to." (The contrast with the idea of not cooking them until ordered is obvious.)
Well, I thought to myself, I have to try them or my proclamation about always being up for boneless wings is BS. So I stopped by a 7-Eleven and went inside. Not surprisingly, what I found was a few pieces of chicken sitting out in a heated display case. I told the guy I would like to try the boneless wings in the "Asian Habanero" flavor.
He put six pieces of the chicken in a plastic tray and handed it to me. I had to tell him twice more that I wanted sauce. He walked over to a dispenser and squirted a few drips of the sauce into the tray. There was no tossing involved and he unceremoniously handed it to me. Whatever, it was three bucks. I opened the lid in my car. It was not promising:
(I showed Elizabeth this picture last night. "Gross," she said, "it looks like an animal peed on the chicken.")
I placed the lid back on the container and tossed the wings around myself:
I can't really use the word disappointed here: that would mean that my expectations had not been fulfilled. And I didn't have any kind of lofty expectations about an item at 7-Eleven that costs three bucks. But I have to be more careful about expressing my love for boneless wings, because it turns out there are some that I should never, ever try.
Posted by JustinM at 11:21 AM