McDonald's chicken says 'au revoir' to Italian flavor(Read article summary)
McDonald's chicken will be more French and more 'neutral.' Topping the McDonald's chicken sandwich: mirepoix.
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Chicken sandwich connoisseurs may notice a certain je ne sais quoi in McDonald's new grilled chicken.
Thatâ€™s because the restaurant is stepping away from its traditional Italian-flavored chicken (donâ€™t worry if you never noticed) to achieve â€śa more neutral flavor profile,â€ť Dan Coudreaut, McDonald's menu director, told the Nation's Restaurant News, an industry publication.
The new premium chicken will be seasoned with mirepoix, which is a French seasoning made from onions, carrots, and celery, as well as salt, pepper, and â€śmaybe a little garlic and herb,â€ť Mr. Coudreaut told NRN.
Chicken of this kind of refined subtlety needs a bun to match. The white bun, previously oval-shaped, will be swapped for a round one, with whole grains and cracked wheat.
Besides its new chicken recipe, McDonald's has a few other changes afoot. It is reintroducing the Asian salad â€“ which will be topped with the new chicken â€“ and it is rolling out a few new sauces for its chicken McNuggets and Chicken Selects breast strips.
The ranch dressing, which has traditionally been served with the chicken strips will have â€śmore of a buttermilk flavor,â€ť and will be available for McNuggets, too, Dan Coudreaut told the trade publication. And there will also be a Thai-inspired dipping sauce: hot buffalo and sweet chili.