What Makes a Great Chik’n Nugget?

When it comes to choosing a vegetarian chik’n nugget, taste is always a factor. High quality Frozen Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets have chicken flavor and meaty texture covered with a crispy coating.

The products are moist and leave a rich mouth coating. Specifically, the coating is uniform with an even, golden brown color. The interior has a muscle or meat-like, appearance.

The aroma/flavor profile combines chicken and toasty breading. Bouillon, onion powder and black pepper may be present. There is a fry oil note.

The products are salty, balanced with sweetness and perhaps bitterness. The crispy crumb coating adheres evenly to the nugget. There may be some adhesive character as the product is chewed. The interior is moist and has a meat-like chew, leaving a rich mouth coating.

Tasting terms

  • texture

    A dimension used to organize attributes like mouthfeel, graininess and initial bite, it is one of the five dimensions used by ChefsBest Master Tasters to evaluate food. Example: Glazed popcorn will have a crunch texture. The texture of milk chocolate should be creamy and smooth.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • appearance

    The visual quality of a food. Used to organize attributes such as color and consistency of size, it is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate food. The other dimensions are aroma, texture, flavor and taste. Example: The appearance of green olives includes attributes such as color (pale to dark) and consistency of size (inconsistent to consistent).

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • character

    The combined aromas and flavors of a particular food or ingredient. The character of a food is considered simple when it is one-dimensional, but it is complex when it has many discernible ingredients. Example: Mole sauce has several ingredients that blend to give the sauce a complex character. Granulated sugar has a very simple character.

  • chew

    The texture of a food as it is being chewed, as opposed to the texture of the first bite. Example: High-quality beef jerky should be tender but have a long chew.