Fast Food Review: Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

Late last year, Burger King came out with the Angry Whopper.  As everyone probably knows, it was a spicier Whopper with a few extra ingredients added in.  It was only a matter of time before “Angry” was put in front of a chicken sandwich.  So here it is, the Burger King Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich.

Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

The “Angry” brand takeover of the Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich is a bold step for Burger King and they describe the fiery sandwich like this:

Tender, premium breaded white meat chicken filet topped with sizzling bacon, Pepper Jack cheese, deliciously spicy jalapenos, angry onions and our signature angry sauce. It’s a TENDERCRISP® with a kick.

Angry Tendercrisp from Burger King (coll)

Just to recap, they list six ingredients, but they leave out the mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bun.  So if you’re counting the bun, there is ten ingredients in this sandwich!  There is quite a bit to like about the sandwich, but there is also quite a bit that wasn’t so great.  Let’s go into more detail as to what worked and what didn’t.

Angry Tendercrisp from Burger King (open)

What worked:  Chicken was great!  It was nice and crispy, and wasn’t dry.  With so much going on with this sandwich I was pleased that I could also taste the chicken.  Although there was quite a bit of mayo on the sandwich, the mixture of mayo and Angry sauce made an interesting combination, one that I would enjoy having again.  The tomatoes were quite fresh tasting, and the crispy onions were flavorful and a great crunchy addition to the sandwich.

What didn’t work: Where’s the heat?  This sandwich is supposed to be on fire!  I am one who can tolerate quite a bit of heat, but come on… this sandwich barely registered any heat at all.  This thing needs a bit more anger to it.  We’ve discussed several times before about Burger King bacon lacking flavor so I had to point this out…I did not notice the bacon until I actually looked at the sandwich! The pepper jack cheese flavor was lacking as well.  While the tomatoes tasted great, there were too many.  Two slices fell out of the sandwich.  Perhaps one large slice would be better.  This sandwich is very messy, from mayo oozing out to tomatoes falling out… get your napkins ready.

Angry Tendercrisp from Burger King

I could barely hold onto the sandwich without ingredients falling out!

It’s a tough call on the GrubGrade score because the sandwich is supposed to have heat, but lacks any.  However, there were ingredients that went well together (mayo, angry sauce, chicken, crispy onions).  I’d hate to give it an ‘average’ or below because I did enjoy some of the flavors.  I’d say try this one over the Angry Whopper for the simple fact that the main ingredient in the Tendercrisp is much more flavorful and noticeable compared to the burger.  Make fun of me all you want, but this was the first sandwich in a long time where I didn’t know if I would be able to finish it.  There are so many ingredients and flavors, and sadly some of them do fail to make an impact.  Overall, Burger King has an decent sandwich here, but it’s not for those with smaller stomachs or people really looking for a ton of heat.

Pros: Tasty, crisp chicken. Nice flavor to the Angry sauce and mayo mixed. Fresh tomatoes. Crispy onions. Huge sandwich.

Cons: Underwhelming heat. Subpar BK Bacon. Cheese lacked flavor. Messy. Some ingredients get lost. 1030 calories and 61 grams of fat.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $4.89 for sandwich, $6.89 for combo

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 1030
Fat - 61 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Sodium - 2670 milligrams
Carbs - 82 grams
Cholesterol - 105 milligrams
Sugar - 15 grams
Protein - 40 grams

15 comments on “Fast Food Review: Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

  1. A 1000 f-ing calories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really!?! I mean….I’m all about good food but if you eat this with a small fry you’re practically on the bench for the rest of the day. I enjoy eating too much to throw it all in to one meal. Come on BK.

    I’m surprised by the good looking produce, usually BK is the worst in my opinion. I have to disagree on the copious amounts of tomatoes, that looks great. I know what you mean on the “anger” level, same thing with TB’s Lava sauce. They’ve got to be able to serve it to multiple demographics so they tone it down a bit.

    Two big disappointments are the lack of flavor from two VERY key and flavorful items, the bacon and pepperjack.

  2. SkippyMom says:

    I don’t think I have ever bought a sandwich anywhere that had three [good size] slices of tomato on it, usually restaurants are stingy.

    Looks good, but messy and I know I couldn’t eat even half of it. :)

  3. I’m all about the veggies on this, I love me a good tomato and lettuce for that matter.
    Sorry the flavor was lacking.
    @Bear you are so right 1000 cals that is insane!

  4. Ryan says:

    Nice review John. I think BK and Taco Bell should have degrees of Angry and Lava Sauces. Like “Perturbed” is level 1, “Angry” is level 2 and “Postal” is level 3. :) Some of us can’t take the heat and some of us laugh at those who can’t take the heat. Shouldn’t be too difficult to have 3 levels of heat would it?

    Once again, BK bacon fails.

    @ Bear … Yeah man, I agree…One sandwich alone taking up over 1000 calories and a full days worth of fat grams…count me out. For that much I’d rather triple up on some smaller items. A Rodeo Cheeseburger, Onion Rings and a Dr. Pepper perhaps.

  5. Adam Bomb says:

    I ate this sandwich recently, and I really enjoyed it. I made peace with the fact that BK’s “Angry” ingredients weren’t going to be hot enough for my tastes, so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of heat. That aside, I really liked the angry sauce, and it worked well on the Tendercrisp, along with the jalapenos and crispy onions. The bacon IS pretty bland, and the pepperjack doesn’t contribute much. I’ve come to be regularly disappointed with fast food joints when it comes to any cheese other than the standard American. Whenever a place claims to have cheddar, pepperjack, or swiss, I know it’s going to taste like American cheese. Except for the Swiss on McD’s new Angus burger. That cheese is the real deal. All in all, I gave the Angry Tendercrisp a thumbs-up. I went into it knowing I wasn’t going to be wowed with the heat, and it was pretty good. I ordered mine without the tomato lettuce, btw.

    Good review, John!

  6. Raiders757 says:

    No surprise there with the BK imitation bacon. That stuff is nothing more than empty calories.

    The regular tendercrisp sandwich isn’t too bad, but that thing looks terrible. too much goo and ooz for me. It’s hard for any sandwich to bring “the heat” when it’s covered in gobs of nasty mayo. It kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? It’s probably why the cheese couldn’t be tasted either. Between that all the other toppings, something is going to lose out.

    I would like to try it with just the pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos, angry onions, and lettuce. I can throw my own hot sauce on it to kick the anger up(I don’t trust the angry sauce. God knows what’s in it).

  7. Dennis A says:

    Thanks for the review. I still think the “angry” sauce is largely to blame for taming what little heat these sandwiches offer. And totally agree about the pepperjack. The good thing is that you probably get a pretty good reduction in calories if you ditch the cheese and the sauce….

  8. john says:

    Regarding tomatoes… I’m all for these tomatoes. They tasted great, but it was quite a pain with all the other ingredients…. after trying to take my first bite, two slices instantly fell out. If there were less ingredients, I would have loved having that many tomatoes.

    I like Ryan’s idea of different ‘anger’ levels. They should really get some more heat options.

  9. tomatoes look good, but the rest looks like a sloppy mess.

  10. cress says:

    I would give this a try to only taste what the “angry” sauce tastes like. But I was disappointed by the original Tendercrisp when I tried it a few years back, so I may skip this one as well.

  11. Theoboley says:

    yes, i had 2 of these… the first of which i was really disappointed with. NO heat whatsoever. that was a couple weeks ago

    I Tried again today, and specifically told them I want it so hot that i want to be crying…. The only thing crying was my pocketbook, and tears were streaming down my face, due to the laughability and lack of “angryness” of this sandwich.

  12. KmacP says:

    Ok, so I pretty much eat BK once or twice a week, and every time I do I get an upsized #6 (Tendercrisp). I’m not rmotely a big guy so I don’t feel as guilty when I do eat there. Now, I love spicy food, and so I decided I wanted to try the “Angry” Tendercrisp. For one, don’t fall for the whole “Angry Sauce” thing is bull. It’s some sort of honey mustard concoction. I hate mustard. As soon as I bit into the burger I already wanted to throw it out. I kept eating. The onions were soggy, the bacon was unrecognizable, and the mayo and “angry sauce” were dripping everywhere. I will never get an “Angry” Tendercrisp again. So disappointed…

  13. Corrie says:

    I just ate this sandwich and I really wishI hadn’t. The flavor was fine (though I agree, totally lacks the angry!), I just didn’t realize how aweful this sandwhich for you!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an idiot! I knew it wouldn’t be healthy, but for crying out loud! Over 1000 cals?!?! 61 grams of fat?!?!?! 14 say fat!?!?!?!?!?!? I’m completely grossed out and honestly very upset this is in my body!! I’m going to the gym for the next 6 hours! I am not pro eating disorders, but I am seriouly considering throwing this crap up!! Yuck!!!!

  14. Roberto says:

    Corrie you fat bitch, if you can’t take a decent sized burger, don’t try it! You know how big it is, why bother? I’m pretty skinny and i LOVED this burger. It was DELICIOUS, i went to 4 BK’s looking for one, and they don’t have it anymore =[

  15. Dave says:

    Take another listen to the commercial.. it never says the word “Chicken” at all. It’s a “tendercrisp” all it needs to be is tender and crispy. Next it will be “topped with baconey-goodness”