Fast Food Review: Doublicious Chicken Sandwich from KFC

First off let me thank Adam for cranking out all the reviews in the last 30+ days.  My last review was on June 3rd and I am completely aware of my slacking.  Nothing has really grabbed my attention enough to want to head out to my local fast food drive-thru in the past month.  Finally KFC has come along to get me back into the swing of things.  This time around, it’s not a cringe-worthy bread-less sandwich like the Double Down.  It’s the nationwide debut of the Doublicious Chicken Sandwich from KFC… and I just finished devouring one of my very own.

People are calling the Doublicious, the “next Double Down”.  Just because “Double” is part of the description doesn’t mean you should link the two together.  The “Double” in the Double Down came from the two slices of cheese, two strips of bacon and the two chicken filets.  The Doublicious doesn’t have too much “double” going around and rundown goes like this… Original Recipe fillet, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon and Colonel’s Sauce in a Hawaiian bun. A Grilled version is also available and includes Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce and honey mustard barbecue sauce. My Original Recipe Doublicious had one slice of Monterey Jack cheese that didn’t have an impact except for visually.  The bacon was decent and crisp but didn’t stand out too much other than the fact that it adds an extra kick of salty.  While it does share the same ingredients, the Doublicious is just so much better than the Double Down because of one specific addition, bread.  Funny idea to have bread in a sandwich right? I love sandwiches and bread is a crucial ingredient.  The Double Down was just a gimmick to me and I wasn’t a fan.  The Doublicious goes back to basics as a typical chicken sandwich and mixes things up with a bread that we’re not used to seeing in the fast food world… sweet Hawaiian bread.

Hawaiian bread is lighter and sweeter than your standard bread. When you get a chance to mix so many salty ingredients with a nice balance of sweet, you’re doing the right thing.  The bread isn’t candy-sweet but sweet enough that you can taste it doing it’s job.  Thankfully the bun wasn’t undersized; it was soft, yet sturdy which provided a good fit to the sandwich.  Oh and the bread had grill marks but didn’t have an impact.  The combination of Hawaiian bread and fried chicken, bacon and cheese works.  I was a little thrown off by the “Colonel’s Sauce”, which I’ve never been too fond of. It’s hard to describe the sauce but I’ll put it this way… if the sauce can potentially taste OK with non-KFC food items, it has some redeeming value.  It’s very mayo-ey and I know that’s not a word but you know what I’m saying.  So longtime reader Raiders757, if you don’t already know, you’d hate this sauce… time for Texas Pete right? When the sauce just “tastes like KFC”, it’s coming up short.  Anyone know a good way to describe this stuff?  Curious to what’s in Colonel’s Sauce?

Soybean Oil, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Chicken Broth, Garlic Powder, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Potassium Sorbate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat, Dehydrated Chicken and Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten.
Contains Egg, Wheat and Soy.

I‘d be cool with KFC just using a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce or something more traditional.  Colonel’s Sauce just tastes weird and frankly, sounds weird.  Hey KFC! Can you tell the Colonel that I don’t want his sauce on my chicken sandwich?  Thanks!

While the sauce isn’t a hit, the rest of the Doublicious pretty much works. I’ve always been a bigger fan of Popeye’s or Roy Rogers chicken over KFC so I’d love to take out the KFC chicken and sauce and make the switch.  All in all though, KFC’s special weapon, the “Hawaiian roll”, is what separates this sandwich from all other chicken sandwiches out there. At a price of $3.69 it’s a little steep, but still worth trying.  Hawaiian bread could be the up and coming trend in fast food.  Sliders? Wraps? Bowls? Southern-Style?  All that is soooo 2009.  Maybe it’s time to buy stock in

Pros: Soft, sweet Hawaiian bread. Well constructed, nice packaging, not sloppy.

Cons: Colonel's Sauce isn't my thing. Not much impact with the cheese. Smaller than I had expected... so a tad pricey at $3.69.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: 3.69, $5.00 as a combo

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25 (Decent)

More Info: KFC.com
Nutrition Facts:
Doublicious (Original Recipe)
Serving Size - 187 grams
Calories - 470
Total Fat - 23 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 80 milligrams
Sodium - 980 milligrams
Carbs - 34 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 33 grams

21 comments on “Fast Food Review: Doublicious Chicken Sandwich from KFC

  1. Cassaendra says:

    In Hawaii when I grew up, King’s Bakery’s Portuguese sweet bread was a staple. It’s nice to see that that bread is gaining popularity. I love how it lends a sweet essence but isn’t outright sweet.

    I don’t really stop in at KFC, but I’ll check this and the grilled chicken out some time soon!

    I don’t recall the other fast food place that also uses sweet bread rolls for their chicken sandwich as it has been a while. Maybe it was Sonic…?

  2. that looks really good, I wonder if we’ll get it here, doubtful tho.

  3. Bobby D says:

    Is that the same sauce that’s on the Double Down? Looks like it….

    Also kinda looks like the Chik-fil-A sauce….now THAT’S some good stuff!

  4. Jessica Leigh says:

    I agree that this sandwich would be WAY better with the sweet/spicy BBQ sauce! The sauce on it just is not good.

  5. Daniel N says:

    I tried to get one today but the KFC I was at wasn’t serving it. Stupid because sitting right on the counter was the corporate promotion instructions on how to server the doubliicous. Stupid KFC

  6. Raiders757 says:

    Thanks for the warning, and great review. I want to try this sandwich, so I guess I’ll have me a bottle of Pete holstered and ready to go. I might even try adding some Pierce’s BBQ sauce as well. Which is a local favorite, goes really well with Texas Pete, and has a nice little spicy kick to it.

  7. Mike N says:

    Looks good! Does seem a little pricey, though…

    And I agree about the sauce — I rather [ahem] skip the Colonel’s Sauce and add Cock Sauce instead….

  8. Crusader says:

    Why not just tell them to hold the sauce or substitute with BBQ?

  9. maxchain says:

    The bacon’s nothing special, but it’s not the most offensive fast food bacon I’ve had, either. What matters to me personally is that this long, strange journey of boneless fillets and the Doubling-Down of them has finally come to a climax with the long-overdue resurrection of the Original Recipe Sandwich.

  10. SkippyMom says:

    What exactly is “Natural Flavor” in the ingredient list? Natural what? lol

  11. Bobby D says:

    Tried it yesterday. Not bad, the roll added a nice sweetness. Didn’t really notice the bacon and cheese at all. It was soooo TINY though! It was barely bigger than a slider. I got the $5 meal with fries and a drink, so it wasn’t so bad, but there’s no way I’d pay $3.79 for just the sandwich. If you’re going to charge a premium price, make a premium sandwich. At least make it the size of a Wendy’s chicken sandwich. Maybe some thick-cut bacon and better cheese.

    I think the buzz over the Double Down inflated the KFC brand in their eyes, and priced this sandwich accordingly….

  12. I just stopped by KFC in Warwick R.I. to try the new doublicious combo (original). I also ordered 10 fiery grilled wings which was really my sole reason for stopping. When I returned to my hotel room, I went to open the box of wings. To my extreme disappointment, I had received buffalo wings and not the fiery grilled wings I had ordered. After throwing away $5.89 worth of buffalo wings since I’m not particularly fond of their’s, I went to open the chicken sandwich. The chicken breast was extremely small! It may have had on it what would have amounted to 1 piece of thinly sliced bacon and the hawaiian bread was very dry. I had to rely on the “not so tasty” sauce to get it down my throat! All in all, let’s just say it will be a while before I patronize KFC again. I’m not happy with the food or the service!

  13. Anon says:

    Throw a larger version of the Chicken Little patty intob a Hawaiian Roll and call it a day… or just bring back the Chicken Little.

  14. Justin says:

    I never got to try this at my local KFC because the shift was being run by total idiots. They were even lying to me at one point, and clearly didn’t know what they were doing. I complained to KFC headquarters.

  15. our new kfc item is …drum roll…the box master..heheheh he said box master..sorry my inner Beavis and Butthead there, but it’s a boneless fillet, pepper mayo, tomato, lettuce and cheese, with a hash brown in a tortilla. It was pretty damn good but at $5.99+ 13 percent taxes…a little much.

  16. Mohaski says:

    I had the original recipe Doublicious just two days ago, and even for fast food, it was a rather lousy sandwich. The chicken filet was small, dry and stringy, and the small dollop of weak sauce couldn’t help that dryness. The cheese was completely irrelevant – no taste, and paper-thin, while the bun was stale (sitting under a heat lamp too long, I suspect), which only helped to amplify the dryness of the chicken. This was the biggest disappointment, because I love Hawaiian bread – the main reason I wanted to try this sandwich.

    All in all, this was truly one of the worst lunches I’ve had in ages, and only bolstered my belief that KFC has gone to hell since I was a kid.

    Meanwhile, there are no more Popeye’s franchises in my city.

  17. Ian Young says:

    I love the new Box Master! Wondering how many calories it is, though.

  18. Don Broschat says:

    Just finished eating my first Doublicious.

    1. The sandwich is small and comes with a very big price.
    2. They forgot the bacon.
    3. The chicken didn’t taste fresh.
    4. The Chicken Snacker is twice as good at fraction of the cost.

    Conclusion: Big Loser.

  19. Merlissa says:

    I just had a doublicious sandwich.
    Here’s my take on it:
    1. The bread was delicious.
    2.The bacon was a little salty but… good!
    3. The sauce was wonderful (I love mayo!)
    4. The cheese was creamy and tasty!
    FROM NOW ON I LOVE KFC!!!!!!!!!!
    THEIR BREAST FILLET IS WONDERFUL!!!!!

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