Fast Food Review: McBistro Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s

I was out and about the other day and decided to stop by McDonald’s for dinner.  I usually go for something off of their dollar menu, but sometimes I’ll get a grilled chicken snack wrap or the Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich.  While sitting in the drive-thru scanning the menu, I noticed something new: The McBistro Chicken Sandwich.

I was surprised that McDonald’s came out with yet another chicken sandwich and thought to myself, “What could be so different between the McBistro Chicken Sandwich and the Premium Chicken Sandwiches?”. There isn’t much information out there on this new sandwich, but it was reported by the Baltimore Sun back in March, that McDonald’s is only testing out this new McBistro Chicken Sandwich in three markets nationwide.    They are Omaha, Albuquerque and Greater Baltimore. I guess I was fortunate to stumble upon a McDonald’s that is in the test market.

What apparently makes the McBistro special is the fact that the sandwich comes “customized” with the price depending upon what is ordered.   The McBistro comes on a whole-grain roll and the chicken comes either grilled or crispy.  The sandwich can also be ordered with or without white cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce or tomato and the choice of sauce.   Your sauce options include buttermilk ranch, chipotle barbeque or honey mustard.    I have actually had the McBistro twice now, both times with the grilled chicken, lettuce and tomato,  however, the first time with buttermilk ranch and the second with honey mustard dressing.  I don’t know if I should compare, but my first impression is that this sandwich is a little smaller than the Premium Chicken Sandwich. The good thing is that the fresh “bakery-style whole-wheat roll” is smaller and fits the chicken better.   The grilled chicken is moist and tender, but the white cheddar cheese isn’t really that noticable.  The lettuce and tomato have a bit to be desired since the lettuce is a little wilted and the tomato is too thin of a slice.   Also it’s worth mentioning that the tomato doesn’t appear to be fresh, but soft and overripe.   The buttermilk ranch sauce works more effectively with the combo of ingredients over the honey mustard sauce.  The McBistro was also very messy to eat.  I have to give McDonald’s kudos for the roll.  It is a vast improvement over the bun on the Premium Chicken Sandwiches and was honestly the best part of the sandwich for me.

In conclusion, the McBistro is just your typical fast food chicken sandwich.  I guess the appeal is that the price depends on the custom ordering, but can’t you custom order any of the sandwiches at most fast food establishments anyway?  I don’t understand the logic that McDonald’s has with this one.  I think it would be better if they just stuck with their line of Premium Chicken Sandwiches, and changed the bun to the roll that comes with the McBistro.  Has anyone out there tried this sandwich?

Pros: Fresh "bakery-style" roll. Option of customization.

Cons: Produce was weak. Too messy for grubbing on the go.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: 3.39 (price varies by customization)

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50 (Average)

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
McBistro Chicken Sandwich
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22 comments on “Fast Food Review: McBistro Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s

  1. skippymom says:

    Tomatoes on the east coast, especially in the cooler [not yet summer] months are always suspect. it looks good with the bun tho. And the ranch.

  2. The chipotle bbq could be a good fit, but I don’t see how the honey mustard would work with the white cheddar.

  3. Yum Yucky says:

    It looks like a Chicken Parm sammich when you cut into it.

  4. Nick says:

    I drove by my local McDonalds today and noticed a new offering: Angus Snack Wraps. Due to some dental work this morning, I was in no position to get one but they were priced around $2.25/ea and the designs were modeled after the burgers. (original, bacon+cheddar,mushroom)

  5. Adam says:

    Micky D’s is doing a lot of new test items. This has been out in Baltimore since March. Recently they’ve started to offer a “triple cheeseburger” as well.

  6. jay says:

    Mark my words. Pulled pork.

    White castle not included because that place is not food.

  7. Justin says:

    BLAH. Call it the Snack Wrap premium deluxe. Same gross sauces plus lame customization in a bun. BOOOO.

  8. Amy says:

    It looks kind of sad, like a lost kid in the frozen food section. I think to push the whole have it your way….oh wait..that’s someone else….then they need to have more decisions than just lettuce, tomato and sauce. Next time tell them you want pickles, sweet and sour sauce and a cookie on there just to see what happens.

  9. Heather says:

    @Yum Yucky: This would actually be really good as a chicken Parmesan sandwich. Just make the chicken crispy, lose the lettuce and tomato and add marinara sauce.

    @Amy: I think I forgot to mention that you do get the option to add bacon for an extra 99 cents.

  10. Raiders757 says:

    It’s officially time to put the trendy hoidy-toidy term Bistro out of it’s misery and six feet under. It’s gone way too far when Mcdonald’s starts using these trendy terms. When I hear the term “Bistro”, I think of a place filled with snooty, trendy types and overpriced food that’s no better than a diner, or mom & pop sub shop. I cringe at the term anymore.

    Sorry to rant, but I couldn’t help myself.

  11. Jessica J. says:

    I really don’t see much of a difference except for some new cheese choices. I like the large bun, actually.
    I wish they would go crazy with the chicken sandwiches and add pineapple or avocado or something like that.

  12. Kris says:

    Avocado on chicken sandwiches at McDonalds would be just the greatest thing ever. Seriously.

    • Ryan says:

      For some reason I think they would botch the avocado….Unless they took the approach of the Angus burger toppings…they were impressive for McDs. If executed well, I think it would be a great idea.

  13. Adam says:

    Apples and Brie baby, apples and brie :)

    Oh yea, and Dijon :)

  14. Adriennne says:

    I tried this sandwich with ranch dressing when I was driving through New Mexico, and I thought it was delicious. The lettuce and tomato was very fresh and the bread was great. The chicken was thick and juicy! I tried to order it in Missouri and it wasn’t on the menu; what dissapointment! I think McDonald’s should keep this as a permanent fixure on the menu.

  15. robin says:

    now i want a chicken and avocado samich.

  16. Jessica J says:

    I wish a fast food restaurant would start offering chicken sandwiches with unique toppings, like those we’ve mentioned. The closest thing I’ve seen is Backyard Burger with their grilled chicken sandwich that has pineapple. I miss eating there so much; there was one in Boone, NC, where I went to college at Appalachian State University.

  17. Heather Carmignani says:

    I absolutely LOVE this mcbistro sandwich… i get w/ the buttermilk ranch…no lettuce no tomato……its WONDERFUL……………..the best ever mc’ds wat to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. i’m in albuquerque, nm

  18. Heather Carmignani says:

    also to add…w/ the crispy…..wonderful/….by the way……………my ex is a cheating sucker …and his gross ugly disgusting ho is bankrupt…..hahaha her name is victoria lucero….and she a home wrecker trailer trash from abq, nm

  19. Gray says:

    They now have a new sauce, the Jalapeño Salsa! It’s pretty good, but I wish the jalapeños tasted fresh instead of from a can.

    I’m in the Albuquerque area, but I don’t know if they have it in the others. We’re big on the spicy food. :) Green chile is an optional topping on any burger in New Mexico.

  20. Charae says:

    Personally, I like the McBistro. I’m in the Balt Metro area and have tried the bbq chipolte and the jalapeno salsa. Both tastes exceeded my expectations! The produce was fresh, and the chicken (crispy for me) was juicy and mouthwatering. I knew not to eat it on the go (because of the sauce), so I sat down and enjoyed it. I think McDonalds hit a home run with this one!

  21. Jake says:

    I just had a McBistro sammy here in Toronto, Canada.

    $5.19 just for the sammy (no combo) is a bit high…. especially considering the $CAD is worth more than the $USD….

    The sammy was ok but would only pay $3.99 max for it in the future, otherwise there are better deals elsewhere…. i.e. Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken is more then double the size at the same price….. hello McDonalds finance department….. figure it out or accept defeat at the hands of Subway subs…