Fast Food Review: McChicken Sandwich from McDonald’s

Fast food places are constantly trying out new items to try to beat out their competitor.  Here at GrubGrade, we try to bring you those new items, but we also want to remember some of the classics.  McDonald’s is no exception to this as they’ve added four chicken sandwiches through the years to add to the original, the $1.00 McChicken Sandwich.

McChicken Sandwich (wrapped)

The McChicken is described by McDonald’s as:

Golden, crispy chicken with lettuce, mayonnaise dressing on a toasted bun.

I have to admit, that is has been years since I have had a McChicken sandwich.  I would rather choose one of the grilled chicken sandwiches, like the Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, rather than one that is breaded.  It’s sometimes tough to pass up a chicken sandwich for just a dollar so I had to revisit this Dollar Menu staple.  I was expecting the same bland tasting sandwich of the past.  That was not to be.  It appears that the sandwich was introduced in 1980, but didn’t quite hit home so they replaced it with the Chicken McNuggets.  When they decided to re-introduce the sandwich, they decided to add a little bite to it.  So, not knowing this bit of information, I was in for quite a surprise as I bit into this sandwich.  One word description:  Pepper. I had to make sure my drink was handy the entire time I was eating this sandwich.  Anyone else get this sort of result?

McChicken from McDonald's

The good news is that this sandwich, as I mentioned before, is on the Dollar Menu.  And it is worth every penny of that dollar.  It’s pretty tough to be super critical of a sandwich for a dollar. The McChicken comes on your typical McDonald’s bun, thankfully fresh and soft but not really toasted as described by McD’s.  The chicken patty is all white meat, but is a little on the dry side.  McD’s adds some shredded lettuce, which is a little wilted, and mayonnaise which helps with the dryness of the chicken.   As with most McDonald’s menu items with mayo, they usually pour it on too thick…ask them to go light on it.  The McChicken is not only easy on your budget, it’s also not too horrible on nutrition.  With only 360 cal and 16 grams of fat, it can be classified as one of the healthier options.

McChicken (open)

If you are hungry, and on a tight budget you can get an entire meal for $3.00 plus tax. Grab yourself a McChicken, small fry and large sweet tea-they are all on the Dollar Menu.  Just don’t go expecting anything exceptional.  I trust you readers enough to understand where this type of item sits with me.  It’s a passable, quick option for some spare change.  Taste-wise it’s almost average but sits in the land of mediocrity.  Definitely worth the occasional dollar splurge.

McChicken (open) 2

Pros: Decent sized chicken patty. Fresh Bun. Great value for a dollar.

Cons: Too peppery for my tastebuds. Lettuce could’ve been fresher. Chicken patty a little dry. Overly doused in mayo.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 360
Total Fat - 16 grams
Saturated Fat - 3 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 830 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 14 grams

33 comments on “Fast Food Review: McChicken Sandwich from McDonald’s

  1. varta says:

    Love of my life. So true about the pepper, better than if they used that much salt! Although looks like they do! haha, I don’t care, I love.

  2. Adam Bomb says:

    I really enjoy the strong flavor of black pepper on this sandwich. It’s a good sandwich for the price. Good review :)

  3. Yeah, McDonalds forgot the meaning of “toasted” years ago. They should describe their McMuffins as coming on a “warmed english muffin” rather than toasted.

  4. Raiders757 says:

    I’m with Adam. I love black pepper, and it works well on this sandwich.

  5. rob says:

    This is one of my favorites. It does come with a lot of mayo, but that’s one of the things I like about it, would be dry without the bucket of mayo. Two of these and a $1 order of fries makes a nice lunch.

  6. ChrisSh says:

    I am a fan of this sandwich, but honestly, if I’m going to spend a dollar on a chicken sandwich, it will be on the spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy’s. And if I’m getting cheap chicken at McDonalds, it will be a $1.29 snack wrap. It’s nice to have so many options though!

    • Ryan says:

      @ ChrisSh … I’m with you on that…the Spicy Chikn Crisp for a buck at BK is a decent option too.

  7. Christine says:

    My son and his friends take a double cheeseburger, open it up where the patties meet, insert a whole McChicken sandwich bun and all, put it back together to make a McGangbang. To quote, “it’s like soooo good and like soooo $2.”

  8. ChrisSh says:

    @Ryan… Good call! I forgot all about the BK spicy chicken. I’m trying to remember now if I like it or the Wendy’s version better. A taste test may be needed. :)

  9. IBeAnonymous says:

    I’ve never seen a spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy’s! I love BK’s Spicy Chicken Crisp Sandwich for $1. It’s amazing and I actually like the Mayo on that!

  10. DOnkey says:

    I prefer the McChicken to the BK Spicy Chicken Crisp, since the patty on the McChicken is noticeably thicker and larger. For the po’ man’s meal, $2.18 buys a small lunch- one McChicken + one McDouble. I think it’s hard to down the same amount of calories any cheaper…

  11. Yum Yucky says:

    This thing only pisses and makes me say, “Why didn’t I just drive to Chick-fil-A”? Oh, wait…it’s Sunday!!

  12. Billy says:

    Hi, I don’t think the meat in this sandwich qualifies as “all white meat,” because it is not 100% chicken meat the way it is in, for example, Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich. Same goes for the “meat” in Wendy’s crispy chicken sandwich that’s sold for a dollar. They just taste a little “rubbery.” You can just feel the difference between adulterated and real 100% white chicken meat.

    That said, I realize this is a dollar sandwich, so it’s a matter of you get what you pay for. ;)

  13. Adam Bomb says:

    ChrisSh: Wendy’s has a spicy chicken for a buck?

  14. james42519 says:

    you know you can tell them to not put mayo on it and ask for BBQ sauce or get it on the side and put it on yourself at any of these places that have these chicken sandwiches? it is heather too.

  15. jesi says:

    theyre not bad at all for the price, i get them a lot when im driving… but be sure if you get more than one item that you eat the mcchicken FIRST, because if you let it sit the lettuce gets all warm and wilty with the heat and the mayo, and it gets reaaaaally gross.

  16. Bunny says:

    The McChicken would be good if they tone down the pepper and added some tomato slices.

  17. Barry says:

    McDonald’s food is alright but the service has really gotten awful the last few years-They are beyond rude at most McDonald’s in metro Atlanta.I know of one store(Windy Hill Rd.Smyrna-across from QT)Where the great sport is to deliberately mess up your order-If you take this wrong order back they will giggle,smirk in your face and often times hand you another messed up order-the Managers are just as bad as the hourly workers-Terrible,Terrible store!

  18. lachunette says:

    i love the mcckicken thats simply it!!! their delicous

  19. Robby says:

    Great sandwich, and for a dollar you get what you pay for, and I think you get plenty in this case. Good sandwich, simple, easy. Get one or two with some fries and a drink and you’re good to go.

  20. Riley :) says:

    I absolutely love the McChicken sandwich at Mcdonalds! At my Mcdonalds they put just pickles on it but i get it plain because the oickles (to me) ruin the flavor. The pepper on it (i didnt notice there was any until i read this) actually brought out a little more flavor. I was eating a McChicken sandwich when i was reading this. But i dont get why my Mcdonalds doesnt put mayo and lettuce on it? I wouldnt eat it anyway but everyone’s mcdonalds seem to have a different menu or something? Well MY review on this sandwhich is an A++ because it is delicious the bun is super soft and OF COURSE its only 1$! <<– best part :) but i always get the meal. well i hope u enjoyed reading this byye (:

  21. Dillon says:

    You people are ******* Pathetic.

  22. R D says:

    I had a McChicken today and it seemed to be very “breaded”, more bread than meat, I may as well been eating a bun.

  23. Ayu says:

    I must admit that I quite like the McChicken. It’s a great choice for a chicken sandwich if you are short on cash. As for the taste, I find it simple and relatively a good sandwich to get.

    I must also say that I am somewhat a purist when it comes to sandwiches, so without the lettuce and mayo, you can really taste what depth of flavor the chicken may have. I also must say that where I live, the buns are indeed toasted, and no seasoning is added to the chicken itself. That being said, I say that I like the peppery flavor that the chicken has. I think the chicken has more taste and definition to it as apposed to other chain’s chicken sandwiches.

    I am a fan of the chicken clubs at McDonald’s as well, but the McChicken would be my second sandwich of choice at McDonald’s.

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  25. joshua says:

    probly one of my all time favorite foods ever…the balance of pepper and mayo really sets this one for me… plus buy 4-5 of them is a filling meal for the price

  26. ryan says:

    Your son is most likely a stoner

  27. Mario says:

    Dillon. YOU Are patheic

  28. The_Typical_Joe says:

    Well, these are not too filling, so I probably buy 5 or so before I am full, but perfect for a cold winter day. I do prefer Wendy’s, though.

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  30. !! says:

    We only have spicy mckchickens here in Denver Co. Id kill for one of these!!

  31. Joe says:

    I remember the McChicken from the early 80’s, and it was so much better than any chicken sandwich out there – you wouldn’t believe how great it was!
    That with the beef tallow fries and non-hfcs-sweetened Coke (real sugar instead), topped off with a FRIED (yes, I said fried) cherry pie, and you have a fast food meal that would beat anything else out there today.
    Plus the beef on the Quarter-Pounder was regular hamburger meat, with no additives; I would sometimes order one medium-rare and it was almost like something you would fry up in a pan at home!

    • Bruce says:

      Joe – I LOVED the McChicken from the early 80s. It was so much thicker and juicier than the one being sold today. In 1982, I was just out of high school and I worked at McDonald’s, and I would have 2 McChickens for lunch every day, and they were free for employees for lunch back then. I’d add a slice of cheese to each one, and it was really a great-tasting meal!

      After it disappeared from the menu, I spent years wishing they’d bring it back. When it finally returned, it was unrecognizable from the previous version. The early 1980s version was NEVER dry – not even close. I really don’t know why the 80s version failed and this version succeeded, because there really is no comparison between them.

  32. Skrilla says:

    This review is to strict… Nowadays u can barely get anything for a dollar . The value on here is 10/10. It dont get better than 1$.., raising the overall grade to a whopping 7.75….this is way better than their greasy mcdouble . Taste better and healthier