I picked up a bottle of Kinder’s chicken sauce at Costco a few weeks ago and have been trying it out to see if it is a product that I can recommend. The bottle has a great label and promised to be “Sweet, Creamy and Tangy”.
My quick review is that, while I think the Kinder’s Chicken Sauce is tasty, it is not a product that I can recommend nor will I be buying it again.
Keep reading to learn more and see if this sauce is right for you.
I tried the chicken sauce about five different ways:
- Making Chicken Salad
- Dressing for a Grilled Chicken Sandwich
- Over Vegetables and Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
- Slathered onto Wings
- Tossed with Chicken Pasta
My take away was that the flavor profile is exactly as stated (Sweet, Creamy, Tangy) and that the profile does indeed work great with chicken. The only other word that I would suggest adding to the description is “Rich”.
Bottom line, I have no problems with the flavor of the chicken sauce.
My issue with Kinder’s chicken sauce gets obvious when you turn the bottle around to examine the ingredients and nutritional information. Let’s start with the ingredients.
The chicken sauce contains:
- Soybean Oil
- Tomato Puree
- Egg Yolk
- Yellow Mustard
- Jalapeno Puree
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Lactic Acid
- Natural Smoke Flavor
When you look at the ingredient list it becomes obvious we are dealing with mayonnaise that has been doctored up with sugar and some extra spices. Of course mayonnaise makes chicken taste better. Mayonnaise makes everything taste better!
I hate to be “That Guy” but seriously, you can make this stuff at home by mixing four parts of Hellman’s mayo with one part of your favorite barbecue sauce. If you wanted to stick with Costco products you could get some Kewpie mayo and Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce to make something interesting.
My beef is that there isn’t anything creative going on here and all Kinder’s is really selling us is a cool label.
The calories and nutritional information look exactly like you would expect for some fancy mayo. One serving is two tablespoons and has the following nutritional information:
- Calories: 180
- Fat: 19g
- Cholesterol: 25mg
- Sodium: 160mg
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Protein: 0g
I am not excited to add an extra 180 calories to my chicken meals.
Kinder’s has a pretty tasty teriyaki sauce that only has 50 calories per two tablespoons that goes great with chicken. You could also pick up a bottle of Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Creama at Costco that is PACKED with flavor, is amazing with chicken and only has 40 calories per two tablespoons.
The 20.3 ounce bottle of Kinder’s Chicken Sauce cost me $7.99 at Costco ($0.394 per ounce).
The last time I checked you could get a jar of Hellman’s mayo at Walmart for about $0.18 per ounce and a jar of Head Country BBQ sauce for about $0.12 per ounce.
If you don’t feel like making your own flavored mayonnaise then you can head over to Walmart and buy a bottle of Heinz Mayoracha (mayo and sriracha) sauce for $0.21 per ounce.
I am not seeing any value in Kinder’s offering other than a pretty label.