Fast Food Review: The Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A
I’m lucky enough to live in one of the “test” markets for Chick-fil-A’s newest creation, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. A tipster from Facebook led me to Columbia, Maryland to find it a couple weeks ago. I’m happy to report, the tip was a good one.
The food court at Columbia Mall is actually the precise destination for this chicken sandwich and signs for the elusive product are scattered around the menu boards and registers. A taunting, “Can You Take The Heat?” slug line accompanies the pictures of the chicken sandwich. It looks exactly like the Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich except the chicken patty has that orangey/reddish/peppered hue that usually is found on spicy chicken patties. Really, the only difference between your regular Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and the Spicy version is the chicken patty, which is spiced up with a seasoned blend of peppers. You’ll still find the 2 “crucial” pickles and the standard buttered bun and that’s it.
My sandwich alone was $2.99 and you have the option to upgrade to the “Deluxe” version, which includes lettuce and tomato for about a quarter more. If you’re into a chicken sandwich with some more heat to it, I think this would satisfy many. Chick-fil-A has a buttermilk ranch dipping sauce that comes in handy and works well with the heat and makes the already tasty sandwich, tastier. The pickles didn’t seem as important as they do with the regular sandwich and I would think that lettuce/tomato should be standard on this spicy version. Paying extra for a leaf of lettuce and two slices of tomato? Really? Anyways, I got it without the lettuce/tomato but I’m thinking that an upgrade to the “Deluxe” would help balance out the package and cool things down.
I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy foods so take that into consideration, I felt the heat was pretty decent. All in all though, I’m more likely to stick with the non-spicy version in the future but it’s awesome that there is finally a choice that should branch out to more locations eventually. (special thanks to my pals at WouldIBuyItAgain for a post they did that triggered me to finally write this)
Pros: Finally a version of the classic with some heat. Goes well with the buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.
Cons: I still prefer the original. I recommend including lettuce/tomato standard instead of offering it for a slightly higher price. Pickles don't work as well with the spicy version.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: ChickfilA.com
Not Available - but the non-spicy version should be similar:
Calories - 430
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 65 milligrams
Sodium - 1370 milligrams
Carbs - 39 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugar - 7 grams -
Protein - 31 grams