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The Food of Globe Life Park: Chicken and Donut Sliders

At this time of year, taking a trip out to Globe Life Park to catch a Rangers game can be quite the sweaty experience.  Intense heat can lead to questionable decisions, so why not let one of those be the food you put in your body?

So far this season, Dallas Sports Fanatic has already reviewed the famous Dilly Dog and the incredibly sweet 7th Inning Cinnamon Roll.  Next up to be judged: the Chicken and Donut Sliders.

Price: $14.50 (Multiple sliders plus a generous serving of seasoned waffle fries)

Where it’s sold: “The Chicken Coop” in the food court beyond the batter’s eye in center field.

In the past, I’ve relied on finding the official press release version of a description of these menu items.  Not this time.  Here goes the Dylan Duell description of the item:

Miniature fried chicken filets with finger sized glazed donuts as the bun served with a side of seasoned waffle fries to add a kick.

Does that get you interested?

When I first saw this item, I just knew I had to have it.  Substituting donuts for a bun is pretty much the greatest thing anyone could ever do in the history of the world.  Whether that be for a burger, a BLT or a breakfast sandwich, it is a win-win situation.  Just don’t tell your doctor about it afterwards.  This creation is no different:  The donuts are the star of the show.

The donuts I got were a little crispy and while that’s not typical, I was all about it.  This definitely isn’t the Krispy Kreme experience where you get a warm, freshly fried donut, but it’s still good.  The Rangers would be smart to just make these glazed donuts as a menu option, because I’d be all over it each time I headed out to the ballpark.

The price of $14.50 seems very steep, and it is, but it’s a bit more value than your typical menu item at concession stands.  You get your entree of two sliders, but then cap it off with a very, very generous portion of waffle fries with a nice zesty seasoning.

Speaking of seasoning, that is where this dish disappointed me the most.  The fried chicken had virtually no flavor.  No spice, no salt, nothing.  Just crunchy chicken.  With any trip to the concession stand, you take the risk that the “chef” preparing the item might not be making your item with the love and care that the original creator intended.  I’m willing to accept that I might have just got bad couple pieces of chicken and usually there is a great salt taste to the chicken to provide contrast to the sweetness of the donuts.

Something that would take this dish to the next level for me would be some sort of little drizzle of something on the chicken.  Not to copy Whataburger, but maybe a few drips of honey.  Everyone loves the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, why wouldn’t the Honey Chicken Donut be an absolute smash??  If not honey, maybe like a strawberry or raspberry glaze like they use on the previously mentioned 7th Inning Cinnamon Roll,  Just another flavor to add to the mix.

My grade: B-
All the potential in the world was there.  I’m giving it a grade this high as a way of acknowledging that it could be an A+ despite the C- performance I got when I tried it.  Again, maybe the chicken I got was an outlier to the typical kind that people are receiving, but I can only go off what I received!  Of the three items I’ve reviewed for the site this year, this is the one I am most likely to try again.  With the relaxed outside food policies at Globe Life Park, I’ll probably bring in a bottle of honey of my own the next time I plan on trying it.

Editor-in-Chief for Dallas Fanatic| Born and raised in Dallas, I received my Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Texas in 2014 after majoring in Radio/TV/Film. I'm a lover of all sports and support every DFW team. For random sports and other thoughts, find me on Twitter: @DylanDuell

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