Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs go all in with spicy flavor options

Wendy's Saucy Nuggs
Wendy's Saucy Nuggs / Wendy's

In the next chapter of fast food done right, Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs are the quick service restaurant’s offering in the saucy chicken wars. For the spice lover, these bites bring the heat that they crave.

Wendy’s always puts thought into their menu launches. Before jumping into the food trend space, they consider how it will fit into their culinary approach. Never a haphazard attempt to just be part of the conversation, each food item goes back to the restaurant brand’s core values.

With the new Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs, the concept eliminates the need to dip. Perfectly coating the entire nugget, the balance of sauce to breading to chicken makes the flavor quite enjoyable.

Speaking about the newest menu item, John Li, Global Vice President of Culinary Innovation at The Wendy’s Company, said, “This new innovation is all about providing a next-level culinary experience rooted in flavor. We crafted four unique sauces to complement the Wendy’s nugget experience and to provide fans with a variety of chicken options that meet their lifestyles and palettes. Whether fans want a bite-size snack or a full meal, we’ve got them covered with our new Saucy Nuggs.”

Wendy's saucy chicken nuggets
Saucy Nuggs join the Wendy's menu / Wendy's

What are the new Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs flavors?

According to Wendy’s the new flavors are: Honey BBQ, Garlic Parm, Buffalo, Spicy Honey BBQ, Spicy Garlic Parm, Spicy Buffalo and Spicy Ghost Pepper. The spicy aspect comes from the spicy nugget itself, not another sauce.

Since Wendy’s offers both regular and spicy nuggets, that concept makes the menu launch more robust without a lot of work. Additionally, it shows the inherent versatility of the sauces. They work both in a regular and spicy capacity.

Looking at the sauces, the Spicy Ghost Pepper will quickly become a favorite. When Ghost Pepper Ranch sauce was available previously, many people loved that offering. It was intense but it never became overwhelming.

While some people might prefer to have a little ranch on the side to tame the heat, it will be more interesting to see how the flavor pairs with a blue cheese dipping sauce. How the two bold flavors complement each other should be a flavor harmony.

For the person who prefer to take a more mild approach to the conversation, the garlic parm offerings are a great option for the QSR space. Previously a pub favorite, the tangy, savory flavor satisfies.

Food mash-up fans might want to see if that garlic parm sauce is available on the side. A drizzle over those Hot and Crispy Fries or a sauce for the Baconator would be a delicious ingredient combination.

Overall, the addition of Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs will be well received. It expands the menu options while keeping with core, fan favorites.

The new Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs come in 4, 6, 10, or 20-pieces. They will be available starting June 10 and digital app users can place orders starting on June 3.