ZPizza recently launched a new gluten free product: ZBites. I had tweeted with ZPizza about the new product and was excited to finally try it. After stopping in at the new coffee shop on Larchmont, Bricks & Scones (full post coming soon!), I stopped in at ZPizza to finally check out ZBites.
ZBites are white meat chicken bites with gluten free breading, similar to a chicken nugget but way fresher. In the interest of full disclosure, I've eaten close to three chicken nuggets in my entire life. They just never really appealed to me. However the grass is always greener and after being diagnosed with Celiac I was sad that I could no longer sample them. ZPizza has saved the day with their new ZBites -- these chicken nuggets are way better than I remember chicken nuggets being.
ZPizza's chicken is the main ingredient and is definitely higher quality than any chicken nugget I have ate in my pre-Celiac days. The chicken tasted fresh and the bites were sizable -- certainly not your run-of-the-mill frozen chicken nugget. The gluten free breading wasn't as thick as gluten-filled chicken nugget breading is. It instead was more of a light dusting than a crunchy outside covering. The crunch that chicken nuggets often had is nowhere to be found in the ZBites. I think that the lack of crunch is a testament to how fresh the chicken is -- instead of crunching into a defrosted chicken nugget you're biting into food that tastes fresh. What a novel idea, right?
I liked ZPizza's ZBites, but I can't say I'll be going back for more -- I'm just not that into chicken nuggets. For Celiacs looking for a chicken nugget replacement, this is definitely the best option. The chicken tastes great and the gluten free coating flavors it well. ZPizza also offers three gluten free dipping options: Raspberry Chipotle, Ranch, and BBQ. An order of ZBites will run you $6.50 without tax, and is definitely a large portion!
ZBites are not yet available at all locations, so make sure to call your local ZPizza to see if they are available before headed over. As of October 2009, ZBites were available at these locations.
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