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Dominos Launches New Chicken Sides With New Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce

Domino’s Pizza Chicken?

Yup, for the first time in over 9 years, the Michigan based pizza chain is revamping their chicken offerings.

The venerable Detroit Free Press recently posted that Chicken is the New Star in Domino’s ads. You can read their post to get the PR spin, but THIS post will focus on what you get in the box.

As the box pictured below states:

Our new wings are crispier than ever while our new boneless chicken is now lightly breaded with savory herbs and made with 100% whole white breast meat.

They also go on to say you can get their new wings sauced in the new Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce, BBQ, Kicker Hot Sauce, Ranch or Blue Cheese offerings. All of the sauces come in 1.5 ounce tubs.

I ordered the 8 piece boneless chicken with the Kicker Hot Sauce. (The manager had already slipped me a “sample” tub of the new Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce … for review purposes of course.) As you can see in the pic below, the contents were dwarfed in the box that is clearly designed for the 14 piece boneless chicken, as well as serving double duty for breadsticks and the like. The side of the box even says “14 Piece” – Available in 8, 14, and 40 piece party sizes.

Note: This is a small Domino’s store that either did not receive the smaller box for 8 piece offerings, or does not have room for the extra stock of boxes. The small store plays a part in other differences that you will see later in this post.

Now I’d like to show you a side by side comparison of Domino’s promo pic of the 8 pieces and the actual pic of what I received. (They always hate this part!) And yes, I will get to the sauce – patience kind reader!

I’m not going to fault Domino’s here. All the chains do this. Except when ordering at Foodpanda. You get a picture perfect styled photo of the food, but what you end up with at purchase is much more realistic. What I will point out is that 8 pieces should mean just that – 8 – or more to make up for the little guys, …. not the 7½ pieces that I got here:

Yup, that little guy on the right was apparently counted as one piece. Hey Domino’s, instruct your people that a bitty piece is not really “one” and just toss a few more in for good measure. You’ll be ok. I know this because I will occasionally leave a penny in the “Need A Penny – Leave A Penny” cup at my local retailers, and I’m still solvent. Ha!

Let’s move on to review the boneless chicken and sauces. Let me point out here, that Domino’s has decided to call their boneless chicken pieces a very vague term… they are not tenders, nuggets, pieces, bites, poppers, snacks, snackers or any other noun… they are simply Boneless Chicken. Ok. That is to the point and does not step on any other chains’ toes.

Supposedly, this new recipe replaces their old recipe that was spicier. I did not ever try the “old” recipe. But I will say, these “boneless chicken” things are delicious. The breading is indeed “light” and “savory”… albeit a bit salty. Hmm. Is *anything* out there in the fast food world that is *not* salty? (Sells more beer or more Coke… we know what you are up to!) So there is that, but otherwise they really do bring on the flavor, and really are savory, and are light years ahead of the other chicken-nugget-bite-things of the other guys.
The chicken itself is very tasty, it’s not deep fried, it’s oven baked. Nice level of spices. 6 pieces cost me $8 and change.
So, there’s Kudos No. 1.

Now onto the sauces. I chose the Kicker Hot Sauce and the new Mango Habanero Sauces to compare. Let’s dig in!

Domino’s Kicker Hot Sauce

A really nice cayenne sauce… the red pepper is probably cayenne. Really tasty. Probably one of the better pre-packaged hot sauces that you would get at McD’s, or Wendys. Thick, best tasting of them all, but the heat is about a 2 on a scale of 5. Kudos No. 2.

Ingredients: red pepper, distilled vinegar, water, soybean oil, salt, ancho chili peppers*, garlic*, Xanthan gum, caramel color, celery seed, onion*, spices, natural and artificial flavors, propylene glycol alginate, molasses, corn syrup, sugar, tamarind, calcium disodium ETCA added to protect flavor, red #40. * Dehydrated

Domino’s New Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce

While chicken may be the Star, I was solely interested in their new Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce… which brings me to the point of this review.

This sauce has the look and feel of a sweet chili sauce. Slightly golden in color, think duck sauce meets chili sauce. Yet the taste is very much influenced by the mango puree. A very sweet tasting sauce, you get a little sting on the lips. Then the slow burn from the habanero kicks in. This stuff has some serious heat. Hotter than the Kicker sauce – this is a “pretty girl packing a weapon”. Heat level 3 out of 5.

Ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, orange juice concentrate, modified corn starch, mango puree, jalapeno peppers, spices, lime juice concentrate, habanero peppers, bell peppers, onion, salt, garlic, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (as preservatives).

The New Domino’s Wings

To round out this review, the next day I made it a point to get an order of each of the New Wings from Domino’s – both the Kicker Sauce Wings and the New Mango Habanero Wings.
As a note, the store manager informed me that at his store, they cook the wings and then serve the Mango Habanero Sauce on the side – in the little plastic tub. The bigger, busier stores have commercial sized jugs of the sauce that gets poured onto the finished wings, whereas at this smaller store they only have the small tubs. I requested that he douse my wings as if he had the sauce on hand. Beware, your mileage may vary. 🙂

Both of these wings were remarkably tasty! While the chicken pieces were not big, they were not small and scrawny either.
The Kicker wings were done perfectly, they look great, and the flavor is above average. I would be happy to add an order of these to my Domino’s Pizza order anytime. Kudos No. 3.

The Mango Habanero Wings were deliciously sticky, and packed that Habanero heat. Both of the orders of wings were browned nicely, with dark, well done spots. We know for a fact that Domino’s sends the Wings through their chain-driven pizza oven to cook them, and we suspect that they are pre-deep-fried (is that a new term?) and arrive at the stores frozen… ready for the pizza oven.

Oh yes, the thin crust pizza rocks:

Let us know if you add a side of chicken to your next Domino’s Pizza order, and what you think of them. Scroll down farther to leave your thoughts in a Comment!


Meanwhile, enjoy the extra pics we took of the chicken parts… yummy!

Have you tried Domino’s New Chicken? I’d love to know what you think.
~enjoy, Brian

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    1. Thanks Scott. I gotta reiterate that the thin crust pizza is a winner. And I would definitely get the wings with our next order. Domino’s has a winner with that Mango Habanero sauce.

  1. domino’s new wings flat out suck! ole’ soggy I left my cereal in the milk too long @ss wings..

  2. I normally don’t get excited about chicken nuggets.But i have 2 grandboys that were raised on them.I have eaten most of the nuggets around and frozen,and the Dominos tasted like the Banquet $.99 dinner.But you get green beans and macaroni and cheese with that.McDonalds and Popeyes have the jump on them, I think.If I have to eat them ,might as well like em.4and5 year olds taste rules.

  3. Forgot to say that those chicken parts were the worst mass produced or freshly made I have ever ate.Really not good.

    1. @Beau and @wampus – I guess like any other chain quality varies from store to store. I stand by my opinion. 🙂

  4. I tried the Mango Hobanaro wings. I was skeptical at first. But they were the best wings I think I have ever had. The sauce was AWESOME! I’m hooked.

  5. @dave, what type of wingz have u eaten or are ur fav? nh. microwave? dominoes wingz are definitely not a “premium” or close to type of wing. period. i gave them a chance because the commercial gave them hype, but they completely FAILED.

    1. @wampus – remember not everyone’s idea of a wing is an “over the top” fiery hot wing. And I’m sure Domino’s is not marketing to us. The fact that their wings are even good enough for “most” folks is a plus. IMHO. But I would like to see Dave’s response!

  6. Wow, A+ on the mango habenero wings. Better than gourmet!!!!!! The buffalo were good too,but not as crispy, I guess the sugar in the mango helps achieve a good crispy skin.Just keep em crispy 🙂

    1. Gina, I think keeping the crispy is important. It’s a shame that the container probably adds to the “steaming” or softening result.
      Maybe pizza delivery stores should add that little piece of “foil” that you find in microwave fries or hot-pockets that help crisp things up?

  7. Please bring back Kickers the plain ones SUCK!!!!! Even with sauce!!! PLEASE bring them back!!!

    1. Throw your own sauce on them next time. Can’t go wrong using what you have on hand in the house!

  8. I don’t like the size of the homeless chicken don’t think I ever will. But I do like the new mango sauce. Just the right amount of kick to start the meal off right.

      1. he meant boneless wings bro.. and the boneless wings do suck ass there small as hell…the bone in wings though are pretty good love that habanero sauce as well but as for the boneless they should bring back the good ol fat chiken kicker those were a good size and great taste

  9. The kicker hot sauce tasted like pure vinegar with a dash of spice, but maybe that’s just me…

  10. WOW-i know this is an old post here but i have got to say Dominos wings SUCK SUCK SUCK. Dave—If u think that these r the best wings you have ever had, all i can do is shake my head….They are soggy,gelatinous, fatty, with hardly any meat. just plain gross!!! the sauce is ok, but having a bite of nasty soggy fat, gives the impression of eating a raw wing, and it was not enjoyable to say the least. YUCK!

  11. Yeah….Dominos wings are disgusting.
    I’ve never had the boneless chicken and will try it, but those wings are a big fat no.
    They taste fine, but the texture is off-putting. Not crunchy or crisp at all, and the meat is like…wet. But not with sauce or juice, it’s just soggy and wet and falls apart in your hands.
    Honestly, it tastes like they steam them. Gross gross gross.
    Pizza Hut’s wings are not that good, and even those are better. Even the Tyson buffalo wings that you buy in the store and bake at home are better.
    There is no excuse or reason to ever eat Dominos wings unless you’re a sadist or starving to death or are using them to punish your enemies.

  12. I am assuming that you have never been to Buffalo and actually tried a real chicken wing, cooked and flavored the way that they are intended to be served. I moved out of the city twenty years ago and have yet to find a wing, ANYWHERE, that comes close to what you can find in some of the local haunts in Buffalo, NY. Take a trip to the city, try a real wing and then amend your review!

    1. Hi Big Lebowski!
      Thanks for the comment… I only wish I could get up to Buffalo to get some real wings. But in the meantime I’ll have to make do with what I can find down here in Maryland.

      Funny you chose this review to challenge me to “amend” my review. This post was specifically about the wings from Dominos Pizza – hardly a wing joint of any kind! 🙂

      For our SERIOUS wing reviews, I invite you to check out the dozens and dozens of wing reviews we’ve written here: http://hotsaucedaily.com/category/wings/

      Thanks for reading! And I welcome your input about wing recipes or joints that you like.

      We can start with “Are you a fan of Booyah! sauces?” – Me, not so much. Thanks again Big L.

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