- What is Aldi Red Bag Chicken?
- What is the actual name?
- What is the cost?
- Nutrition & calorie information
- How to cook Aldi Red Bag Chicken in the oven
- How to cook Aldi Red Bag Chicken in the air fryer
- How to cook Aldi Red Bag Chicken in the microwave
- Aldi Red Bag Chicken recipes
What is Aldi Red Bag Chicken?
Red Bag Chicken from Aldi is a bright red package of frozen breaded chicken patties that taste like a copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich when cooked in the air fryer or oven. The chicken patties can be added to a brioche bun, topped with pickles, and drizzled with Aldi Chicken Dipping Sauces that taste like Chick-fil-a sauce copycats.
Aldi's "Red Bag Chicken" is all the rage. In fact, Aldi fans voted it an official 2020 Aldi Fan Favorite. Even some stores highlight the fact that Red Bag Chicken has become an Aldi cult-favorite by adding a label next to the price tag that says:
"So good it has its own fan group."
Aldi fans take it a step further and shortened the name to "RBC" when referencing it on Aldi Facebook and Instagram fan groups. Apparently, it's that good.
Aldi Red Bag Chicken Reviews
Most people give RBC positive reviews equating it to be the exact copycat of chicken served at Chick-fil-a or Popeye's. Some other reviewers don't agree. People have said the bread chicken breasts are too salty, too sweet, or even slightly spicy. You'll have to try this Chick-fil-a dupe yourself to find out!
What is the actual name?
Since so many Aldi fans refer to the frozen breaded chicken fillets as "Red Bag Chicken" or "RBC" because of its bright red packaging, what is the actual name of Aldi's Red Bag Chicken?
If you look at the front of the red packaging, it says:
Kirkwood. Breaded. Chicken Breast Fillets. Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast with Rib Meat.
The chicken is sold under Aldi's private label "Kirkwood." However, there are rumors that Kirkwood is actually Tyson chicken sold under Aldi's Kirkwood label.
You can also find other Kirkwood chicken variations like:
- Kirkwood Crispy Chicken Strips (Blue Bag)
- Kirkwood Honey Battered Breast Tenders (Gold Bag)
- Kirkwood Parmesan Chicken Tenders (Green Bag)
- Kirkwood Buffalo Style Crispy Chicken Strips (Orange Bag)
What is the cost of Aldi's Red Bag Chicken?
The cost may vary depending on location, but the price of Aldi's Red Bag Chicken is $7.99 as of 4/20/2023. The bag contains 24-ounces. Typically this means each bag contains five to six pieces of breaded chicken fillets.
You can find the famous frozen chicken breast fillets in the freezer section of Aldi in a bright red bag (obviously!). RBC should be stocked year-round, BUT some Aldi fans have thought it has been discontinued because they've never seen it since it sells out quickly. However, My local Aldi store seems to have a continuous stock of the famous breaded chicken fillets, but maybe I'm just lucky enough to have this Chick-fil-a sandwich knockoff at my Aldi.
What is the Nutrition Facts and Calorie Information?
The nutrition information is clearly labeled on the back of the bag. Each serving of Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast fillets is approximately 280 calories, which ends up being about one breaded chicken breast fillet. The sodium content is on the higher end at 1010mg (44% DV). Total carbs come in at 17g and it has 3 grams of added sugar.
Aldi's Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets are 6 Weight Watcher (WW) points.
What are the ingredients in Aldi Red Bag Chicken?
Kirkwood's Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets contain the following ingredients: CHICKEN BREAST WITH RIB MEAT, WATER SEASONING (SUGAR, SALT, CHICKEN BROTH, ONION POWDER, RICE STARCH, GARLIC POWDER, YEAST EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORS, SPICES, PAPRIKA, SOYBEAN OIL), SODIUM PHOSPHATES. BREADED WITH: WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, SUGAR, MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, SPICES, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), PAPRIKA, SOYBEAN OIL, WHEAT GLUTEN, NATURAL FLAVORS. BREADING SET IN VEGETABLE OIL.
Aldi Red Bag Chicken Cooking Instructions
Only one official way to cook Red Bag Chicken is mentioned on the back of the bag. It says to cook the frozen breaded chicken at 400 degrees for 20 minutes before turning over and cooking another 15-20 minutes. Even though Aldi Red Bag Chicken is fully cooked, make sure you buffer in a good solid 40 minutes of cooking time to fully reheat the chicken.
Red Bag Chicken in the Air Fryer
Another way to cook Aldi Red Bag Chicken is in an air fryer. It comes out crispy and tastes like a copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich. A common way to cook the chicken is by setting the air fryer temperature to 400 degrees and air frying the Red Bag Chicken for 6 minutes, flipping it over, and cooking for another 6 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Microwave & Pan-Frying
Other non-traditional methods of cooking RBC is to microwave the chicken breast fillets or pan-frying them. These unofficial cooking directions are a little less clear so it may take some trial and error. It would not be ideal to cook the Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast fillets this way, but it is possible.
What are some Aldi Red Bag Chicken Recipes?
Perform a quick Google search to find out how people are using Red Bag Chicken in recipes. The most common recipe is a Copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich dupe. Other recipes include a chicken and gravy biscuit sandwich and chicken cordon bleu casserole.