Fast Food Review: Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken from McDonald’s

Have you ever come across the Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken sandwich from McDonald’s?  I know around Maryland this sandwich does not exist.  This seems sort of ridiculous of McDonald’s to limit a spicy chicken value menu sandwich to only select markets when it seems like every competing restaurant has a spicy chicken sandwich.  Burger King has the Spicy Chick’n Crisp, Roy Rogers has a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Carl’s Jr. has one, Chick-fil-A has one, Taco Bell has the Volcano Menu, and Wendy’s has a spicy chicken filet option for all their chicken-based products.  So why does the fast food giant McDonald’s not have a nationwide representative in this battle for spicy supremacy?  Whatever the case, some restaurants have the option and I found the Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken in Texas.  Maybe it’s a southern thing?

The Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken is your standard McChicken, with a peppery breading on the chicken fillet.  All the main components are exactly the same… same bun, same shredded lettuce, same overuse of mayonnaise.  So does this value menu spicy chicken sandwich standout better than it’s non-spicy brother?  I’d have to say yes, but it’s still nothing too special.

Once again, I have to go back to my original gripe with McDonald’s.  Why isn’t this spicy version of the McChicken available everywhere? Do people in the south have a special affinity for spicy that the rest of us don’t have?  This is something I obviously just can’t get over.  Alright, whatever, I get it… McDonald’s is dropping the ball on this one and instead of making a value menu spicy chicken sandwich in every American restaurant, they opt to go nationwide with the sub-par Chipotle Angus Burger and the Mac Snack Wrap… wildly successful offerings?  Nope.  Spicy McChicken?  Automatic big-seller guaranteed.  Wow, I really can’t get over it.  So how does the Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken taste? Well like I mentioned before, it’s still quite reminiscent of the standard McChicken.  Reminiscent being exactly the same… except for the chicken patty breading.  No new sauce, no new bun, no cheese, no bacon… really no new anything except for the peppery breading on the chicken patty. Heat scale?  For a wimp like me… 6/10.

I’m a firm believer that if your fast food restaurant has a chicken sandwich, you must have a spicy version. The Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken, in my opinion, is better than the regular McChicken.  I’ve always found the regular McChicken to be incredibly bland and boring.  A sandwich that might work with the addition of nugget sauces, but a stand-alone weak item.  The Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken at least wakes up the taste buds a bit.

Pros: It's a spicy menu item at McDonald's. Average to decent heat. Inexpensive. Better than the regular McChicken.

Cons: Try and find it. Good luck.

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: McDonalds.com