Fast Food Review: Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A
GrubGrade is a couple months shy of it’s 2-year anniversary and I have yet to review one of my favorite fast food chicken sandwiches. If you are familiar with this blog, you should recognize that I have a fond appreciation for Chick-fil-A grub. The fast food spot that claims “We Didn’t Invent The Chicken, Just The Chicken Sandwich” has made me a believer. The Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich review is long overdue, but better late than never.
Let me admit something here right from the start. When I first had Chick-fil-A about 8 years ago, I started with their original Chicken Sandwich and wasn’t overly impressed. I found it way too simple and plain. Blame should go to my lack of familiarity with a “southern-style” chicken sandwich. Something else I’ll admit to, I grew to LOVE this sandwich and have probably made it a once-a-month habit since. There must have been something to draw me back in again and again… you really just can’t deny the quality of Chick-fil-A in the quick-serve industry.
The original Chicken Sandwichfrom Chick-fil-A is described like this:
A boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun.
Simple right? Well sure, ordering the CFA Chicken Sandwich as-is gives you simplicity, but the few ingredients still stand out and can stand alone. There’s no need to cover up the lack of quality with sauces, bacon and cheese like most other places… but lucky for Chick-fil-A, the quality reaches out to the sauces, bacon and variety of cheeses. My experience with this sandwich started off without alterations and I’ve enjoyed it this way thoroughly. The 2 “crucial” pickles add a little zing and the addictive delicious chicken patty are enough to win me over every time. The beauty in the CFA Chicken Sandwich is all the possibilities to make something a little extra special. Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about doing this review and felt it would be nice to show off some of my creations. I hope Chick-fil-A takes notice and makes some additions to the menu. If not, that’s OK too, the options will always be there to mix and match and use your imagination regardless of menu additions. Chicken is so versatile and a chicken sandwich can have an array of flavors with the help of nugget sauces (free!), three different cheese options (30¢ extra), lettuce/tomato, two different bun choices (20¢ for Golden Wheat) and of course bacon (54¢ extra). Your nugget sauce choices are Barbecue, Buffalo, Buttermilk Ranch, Chick-fil-A Sauce, Honey Mustard, Honey Roasted BBQ and Polynesian. 3 choices of cheese include American, Pepper Jack and Provolone.
Let’s take a look at how the simple Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich can be dressed up to satisfy those looking for something a bit different, while still keeping the chicken patty the star. A lot of these are no-brainers, but they’re still fun to look at.
Creation #1 – The Club
Upgrade to the Golden Wheat bun, add lettuce, tomato, bacon and ask for a packet of mayo. A classic taste and an easy recommendation.
Creation #2 – The Spicy Western BBQ
Upgrade to the Golden Wheat bun, add Pepper Jack Cheese, add bacon and ask for Barbecue dipping sauce. Nice kick of heat from the Pepper Jack cheese mixed with the sweet barbecue sauce make a perfect match.
Creation #3 – The Bacon Ranch
Upgrade to the Golden Wheat bun, add lettuce, tomato, bacon and ask for Buttermilk Ranch dipping sauce. A traditional and obvious combination of ingredients.
Creation #4 – The Polynesian
Upgrade to the Golden Wheat bun and ask for Polynesian dipping sauce. This might sound odd, but I always dump my waffle fry nubblets into The Polynesian. The fry pieces don”t really add too much, but gives the sandwich a little extra salty to mix with the sweet Polynesian sauce… also adds a little heft to the package.
Creation #5 – The Bootleg Gold Rush
Upgrade to the Golden Wheat bun, add American cheese, bacon and ask for a packet of honey. I reserved this creation as my #5 because of the #5 combo at Roy Rogers… which is obviously, The Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich. The Gold Rush is the gold standard (punny) of fast food chicken sandwiches for me so I had to attempt a CFA copycat.
What combination sounds good to you? There are many possibilities if you’re willing to spend a little extra and do some work under the hood. I’ve found that the Golden Wheat bun is a great substitute for the regular buttered bun. The Golden Wheat bun holds together a bigger sandwich a lot better as it’s thicker and heartier. Also subbing in a Golden Wheat bun will take off 4 grams of fat and add 2 grams of protein. I recommend the Golden Wheat bun highly and especially if you’re going to make some additions. By changing up the bun, your sandwich will come in the eggshell container instead of the foil-lined bag.
There is good reason my local Chick-fil-A is usually packed with hungry patrons, it’s good stuff! This write-up is more of an homage rather than a review. An excuse to gush about one of my favorites and to show off that the simple Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich has the potential to be anything but simple. It’s among the elite in the realm of fast food chicken sandwiches and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a place that claims they invented it. Well done Chick-fil-A.
Pros: Juicy, never-dry hand-breaded chicken patty. Good size, fair price. Many options to make a unique taste.
Cons: Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday!
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: 2.79 as is, $3.39 Deluxe (lettuce/tomato/cheese/Golden Wheat bun) Extras Individually Priced: Golden Wheat Bun 20 cents, Cheese 30 cents, Bacon 54 cents
Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10
More Info: ChickfilA.com
Chicken Sandwich (as is) see: CFA Nutrition Calculator
Total Fat -17 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Carbs -39 grams
Sodium -1370 milligrams
Cholesterol -65 milligrams
Fiber -3 grams
Sugars -7 grams
Protein - 31 grams