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What is Aldi Red Bag Chicken?
Red bag chicken is a popular item from Aldi that, unsurprisingly, is chicken that comes in a red bag. You will find it in the freezer section under its official name: Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets. They are so popular because they are delicious, versatile, and cheap. The price for a 24 oz bag of this fan favorite chicken is usually just slightly more than a good chicken sandwich at your favorite fast food joint. As I am writing this in 2022 the price for a Red Bag of Chicken is just $6.29 at my regular Aldi.
While the name Red Bag Chicken is used to describe the breaded chicken fillets Aldi also sells it’s popular Kirkwood Chicken Nuggets in a very similar red bag so be sure to get the breaded breast fillets if you are looking for “The Red Bag”. The chicken nuggets are also very good but a very different product.
How to use Red Bag Chicken
The most popular use of Aldi’s famous red bag is a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich copycat use the Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Fillets with Aldi’s Specially Selected Brioche Buns and a few pickles. This is the most common way I eat this, usually with some of Aldi’s frozen fries (also surprisingly good) on the side.
But you don’t have to use them in a sandwich; they are tasty on their own or topping one of Aldi’s salad kits. The biggest thing is cooking it the right way so it comes out nice and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Cook Red Bag Chicken in an Air Fryer
Air frying is the best way to cook Red Bag chicken but the directions on the package do not give air frying instructions. I only cook this chicken in an air fryer (this one to be specific) and I typically set the airfryer to 400F and cook for 10 minutes and then flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes. I usually do not preheat the air fryer so if you do preheat the fryer you may need to knock a couple minutes off the cook time. Be sure to check the temp to make sure they are heated through even though they are fully cooked prior to freezing.
The standard directions use a preheated conventional oven and cook at 400F for 20 minutes and the flip and cook for another 20 minutes. So air frying gives a better result in about half the time but both are good options.
I would not even attempt microwaving red bag chicken. You won’t end up with a crisp coating and you will likely dry out the meat or end up with a bad texture.
My Favorite Air Fryer
Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Nutrition Content
For each chicken fillet:
- Calories: 280
- Fat: 10g (2g saturated, 0G trans, 4.5g polyunsaturated, 2.5g monounsaturated)
- Cholesterol 85mg
- Sodium: 1010mg
- Total Carbs: 17g (2g Fiber, 4g sugar)
- Protein: 32 g
Where to get Red Bag Chicken?
You can only get “THE” Red Bag Chicken (aka Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets) at Aldi in the freezer section. It is one of the products they carry regularly but because it is so popular they tend to be sold out at times so stock up!
Aldi Red Bag Recipes
Aldi Red Bag Chicken Reviews
Best frozen chicken
Hands down the best frozen chicken I have ever tasted, my only gripe is sometimes you get a gritty one.
It’s not Chick-fil-A but it’s better than many fast food options
Both Aldis around my West Seneca and Blasdell have dropped Red Bag Chicken –
Both Aldis around my West Seneca and Blasdell have dropped Red Bag Chicken – at first it was just out and only a tag in the freezer – now tag is gone – whats going on Aldis!!!????
I buy this at least once a month
Great for a quick easy meal either on its own or as a chicken sandwich!