Shuck Shack’s chicken nuggets a puro San Antonio success

December 19, 2018

Move over Mickey D, there’s a new nugget in town.

I dropped by Shuck Shack the other day to sample chef Jason Dady’s latest reveal: San Antonio Hot Fried Chicken. It’s his nod to Nashville hot chicken, but made with a South Texas spice blend.

Shuck Shack’s new menu features whole fried birds, wings and sandwiches, but the real star in my book — and I tried them all — is the San Antonio Hot Chicken Thigh Nuggets.

Forget those processed and uniformly shaped things you grab from a fast food joint. These are juicy and tender chunks of thigh meat fried to a crisp and rolled in a heavy coating of chile and other spices. The results deliver a dry heat that’s satisfying enough on its own.

Alongside the heap of crispy nuggets comes a bowl of what Dady’s dubbed Enchilada Gravy. It’s a lot like what you find on top of your favorite Mexican combo plate, including a pinch of shredded cheese. It’s fairly mild in flavor, and just thick enough to cling.

Grab a nugget, give it a dunk and chow down. The gravy brings out levels of flavor in the spices coating each piece of meat. The chicken’s crunch is perfectly tempered by the sauce. It’s an alchemy of bar food bliss.

And the stunner: At $8 for a heaping basket ($5 during happy hour), they won’t set you back much more than a trip to the drive-thru.

Paul Stephen is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen

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