Review: Nashville Hot Chicken On-A-Stick from The Blue Barn

The trendy Tennessee import finally makes its Fair debut, and does it with style! After a disappointment with The Blue Barn’s other new item this year, the confusing Breakfast Potato Skin, this is a much-needed return to this vendor’s typical stellar form. Elegant in its simplicity, patrons are served two pieces of red-tinted chicken strips on a skewer, with a single slice of white bread and pickle chips underneath. The chicken was wonderfully juicy, and gave a delightful crunch with its brilliant corn flake coating. Any attempt at Nashville hot chicken is going to be judged on its sauce and flavoring, and while this falls well short on the Scoville scale of spiciness, thankfully it’s a delicious mix of a buttery honey glaze that completely drenches the chicken and bread. Creating a makeshift sandwich bite with the bread and pickle is the route to take, with the soaked in sauce from the bread augmenting what is layered on the chicken, and the sharp acidity of the pickle playing along.

For $10, it’s a little overpriced for a snack-sized portion, but not completely out of line with other protein-heavy choices available across the Fairgrounds. Undoubtedly, this will taint your fingers, so napkins are required, and eating it on the go is difficult though not impossible.

Ratings (0-5):

  • Taste: 5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Novelty: 3
  • Value: 2

Overall Score: 13 out of 20 (Fairly Fresh)

Categories 2019 Minnesota State Fair, Reviews

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