Fast Food Review: Cajun Filet Biscuit from Bojangles’

Before a recent road trip through North and South Carolina, I think I saw all of two Bojangles’ in my life. While I knew the chain has been expanding rapidly in the South over the last few years, nothing could have prepared me to literally see the signs advertising “Bo Time” off of seemingly every exit from Lynchburg to Columbia.

Bo Time,” apparently means Chicken Biscuit time, because the chain proudly displays its slogan of “Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits” beneath its logo. I may not normally be much of a biscuit eater, but even I’ll be the first to tell you that a hot buttered Chick-fil-A biscuit on a cold day makes the perfect breakfast. So I figured that if Bojangles’ was famous for their chicken biscuits, they’d probably be just as good, if not better than Chick-fil-A’s signature breakfast item.


While the Chicken Filet Biscuit at Bojangles’ is larger in diameter than Chick-fil-A’s rendition, the breast filet itself is not as thick, and nowhere near as juicy. The breading is crisper, and more reminiscent of what you’d find on a McChicken sandwich. Actually, the breading strikes me as positively cheap, and much more expected of a value menu chicken sandwich item. Despite the “Cajun” moniker, there’s no sign of external spices, and on first bite I’m getting neither heat nor much flavor. That’s not to say the chicken’s bad – the breading and its crisp texture are enjoyable in a cheap fast food way, but the breast, while still retaining a moderate amount of moisture, doesn’t strike me as anything special in the flavor department. There’s some black pepper heat that lingers on the back end and picks up unexpected intensity, but it strikes me as undersalted and kind of bland on its own, with no salivating quality about it.

The biscuit itself has an enjoyable and subtle buttermilk tang, and a wonderfully fluffy interior. Unlike some of the Chick-fil-A biscuits I’ve had in the past, Bojangles’ biscuits hold their shape incredibly well, refusing to crumble even when cut in half with a plastic knife. I really enjoyed the subtle flavor of the biscuit on its own, but taken with the filet, it comes across as bland and uninspiring. I’m usually accustomed to at least a hint of either added butter richness or a welcomed undertone of honey, but in this case, neither can be found. Once more, I find myself missing the nutty, sweet notes of Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Biscuit, and even the over-the-top buttered biscuit. It’s as if I need some kind of additional condiment for the Bojangles’ Chicken Biscuit, yet with a slightly spicy back note and a subtly flavored biscuit, I’m dumbfounded as what to reach for. Jelly? Nah, too sweet and single noted. Honey? Perhaps, but that wasn’t one of the options I was offered. Ketchup? Nah, it ain’t a potato.

I’ve got to say I’m fairly disappointed. It’s one thing to order an average menu item, but to order something which is comparatively average when it’s suppose to be, well… “famous” – now that’s a bummer. At $2.89 it’s not a horrible price to pay, but the 520 calories don’t seem very filling. Luckily, on the highway through the south, there are plenty of Chick-fil-A’s and Zaxby’s off the exits.

Pros: Biscuit holds its shape well. Warm and fluffy on the inside with subtle buttermilk tang. Chicken breading has welcomed crispness.

Cons: Chicken filet not nearly as juicy or flavorful as Chick-fil-A. Suffers from lack of sweetness or richness. Donde esta la "Cajun" flavor? Condiment conundrum.

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: $2.49

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

Nutrition Facts:
Cajun Filet Biscuit from Bojangles'
Calories: 520
Total Fat: 28 grams
Saturated Fat: 12 grams
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 1000 mg
Total Carbs: 45 grams
Sugars: 9 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Protein: 21 grams

18 comments on “Fast Food Review: Cajun Filet Biscuit from Bojangles’

  1. josh says:

    I disagree. I love these biscuits. Tons more than the ones served at Chick Fil A. To me, those are way too sweet. Almost as if eating chicken wrapped in pancakes. Not my thing. I’ll choose bojangles every time.

  2. nuttyturnip says:

    Same here, I disagree. Bojangles biscuits are one of the biggest things I miss from growing up in NC, and I occasionally make the trek to Union Station in DC to have a cajun filet biscuit for lunch.

  3. Chefprotoss says:

    I agree on CFA’s biscuit’s suckage. I also agree that CFA has far superior chicken. I don’t really like chicken buscuits at all though, so maybe I’m a bad judge. They come off as a dry bland overly-bready brick of food. Ham is far better suited for a buscuit. Hardee’s had a country ham buscuit last year that was the bee’s knees. Maybe I have been living in VA for too long. =)

  4. Katie says:

    Best thing to do?

    Get a biscuit from Bo’s, and chicken from chickfila, then combine them. It makes things awesome.

    • larry says:

      Bingo…kinda.

      Bo’s has great biscuits but their chicken biscuits oddly enough are not very good imo. The order there for breakfast is a butter/steak/ham biscuit with bo-rounds.

      Here’s the truth about chikfila breakfast. Their biscuit product sucks. It’s not fresh and it’s terribly crumbly. I believe they are from the same company that makes the biscuits for all the hotels that serve a “free breakfast bar”. When you start with an inferior product, it’s almost impossible to elevate it to good or great by adding a good or great product (like their fabulous chicken).

      Hands down the best fastfood biscuit breakfast that includes a chicken biscuit and a potato product would be a Hardees Chicken biscuit and a Bo’s bo-tato rounds.

  5. Jeff says:

    what is this? I came in here expecting a 9. you yankees don’t know much about chicken or biscuits apparently.

  6. With Bojangles, the sides are where you should go. The Dirty Rice is your best options. But really, Bojangles exists to be open on Sundays.

  7. JR says:

    Should’ve gone with the ham biscuit. Nothing beats Bojangles salty ham biscuits. mmm.

  8. Phil says:

    I live in SC and am really kinda inclined to agree with GG review. Except that BJ’s has incredibly good chicken and biscuits. Separately of course as their signage really is implying. Traveling through I can see where the confusion comes in. The chicken biscuit that they sell is definitely inferior to the actual “fried chicken” they are known for. For an ultimate chicken biscuit, it really is almost impossible to beat Chic-fil-a as they have cornered that market (to me) and Hardee’s runs a close second (reach for the hot sauce provided in the packets at either Hardee’s or BJ’s). But hey… I really am more of a biscuit and gravy fan!

  9. Raiders757 says:

    The great thing about Bojangles, is that they serve breakfast all day. Their salty ham biscuit and steak and egg biscuit are pretty darn good. I’ve had the Cajun filet a few times, but I’m always inclined to reach for the pepper shaker and a pack of hot sauce. I have to agree, it is rather bland for something that has Cajun in it’s title. Maybe some gravy would kick it up a few notches as well. (Sorry Jeff, I’m from the south, and know my chicken and biscuits.)

  10. Obbop says:

    As the depression deepens and dumpster dining becomes an increasingly-used method for vittle procurement the lowly unadorned biscuit due to its lengthy “shelf life” may become the meal of choice for an ever-increasing number of famished USA citizens.

    Great care needs to be taken to to not consume foodstuffs that have allowed potentially harmful amounts of bacteria to grow upon them.

    Eat the biscuit but cast aside the goodies within the biscuit.

  11. Chuck says:

    You were asking what condiment do I go for, Jelly? Honey? Ketchup?
    With biscuit sandwiches there is often a need for something to cut through all that heaviness. And what I’ve found that I enjoy most is a horseradish sauce. Nothing too hot or too overpowering. Kraft’s Horseradish Sauce will do nicely.

  12. I LOVE Bojangle’s biscuits, but I will admit that they can be hit and miss. The biscuits are hand-made and from what I remember, so is the chicken – hand dipped, that is. This results in some differences between the Bojangles in my town, and the ones I visit when I’m on the road. There is a Bojangles about 2 minutes from me, and their biscuits are AMAZING & the chicken breast is always REALLY spicy, yet crunchy and delicious & always hangs off the biscuit on at least two “sides”. There is another Bojangles in a neighboring community I have to travel to on occasion, and their food is terrible. The biscuits are awful and their chicken breasts are always not spicy enough and a little soggy. I’ve given it a few chances, but never again. I’ve noticed this when traveling too. There are good Bojangles and there are bad Bojangles. I have learned which ones on my regular travel routes fit into which category. I live in North Carolina, and the Highway 52 Bojangles in Mount Airy is the BEST!!!

  13. Ryan says:

    Bojangle’s best offerings are the cajun fries and sweet tea. They are both the stuff of legend. I do enjoy the chicken biscuit as well. If you’re looking for a condiment, the correct answer is their honey mustard. Perfect compliment and makes the biscuit 10x better.

  14. Kelley says:

    I agree with some of the others that CFA’s biscuit is quite frankly a biscuit in name only. They might look like a biscuit but there is nothing in it that tastes like one. Bo’s biscuits are better by far. As are Hardee’s. Try eating Bojangle’s fried chicken on the bone WITH a Bo’s biscuit on the side. Try their country ham or steak biscuit. Don’t forget the sweet ice tea!

  15. HolyFruits says:

    Is it just me, or does the chicken look kinda pink?

  16. ash says:

    I worked for bojangels and the food i okay but they treat their employees with no respect jhoanna one of the managers is very unprofessional shes so rude, calls people idiot, slow and doesnt let anyone get a brake. when i worked there i felt worthless cause the way they spoke to me. they would send me home early before my shift end not caring about how ling i drove from my house. by law its mantory to get a brake and they made me work 8 hours without getting a brake. its crazy and i hosnetly would never work for them again.