Review: Bacon Cheddar McChicken from McDonald’s

As I sit in the dual drive-thru at McDonald’s, I debate the efficacy of such an invention. I fail to see how this speeds up the process. Yes, two cars may order simultaneously, but the exchanging of cash and preparation of food still take as much time as they always have. You also have that awkward shuffle where two lines become one and I for one never know who should go first or if it even matters. That uncertainty begs the question: how many orders get messed up due to this new process? How many fender benders? Nevertheless, I emerged victorious and put those thoughts aside. With my Jeep unscathed, I ventured home with the new Bacon Cheddar McChicken.

Bacon Cheddar McChickenMcDonald’s describes their creation like this:

A seasoned McChicken patty topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, melted white cheddar, crisp shredded lettuce and mayo, served on a classic bun.

Unwrapping the sandwich I noticed a bit of bacon poking out the side along with a bit of mayo spilled over the side and a tiny bit of white cheddar cheese stuck to the wrapper. Perfect. They got my order correct despite my anxiety while merging lanes in the double drive.

Bacon Cheddar McChicken McDonaldsThe bun was lightly toasted. Still warm from the vertical toaster it had the fresh taste of a standard bun from McDonald’s. The chicken patty was also hot and fresh, with a tinge of a peppery kick. Not spicy, but well-seasoned and the breading was crispy on the outside and the processed chicken was cooked thoroughly on the inside. The mayo was sufficient and tasted… mayo-ey. It has that familiar McDonald’s tang to it and the amount was just right. I know they use a device similar to a caulk gun that pre-measures the sauces so they are always proportionate.  The lettuce tasted fresh and true to form, had a slight crunch as I grubbed. Now, so far I have described a typical McChicken. This is where things get interesting.

McDonalds Bacon Cheddar McChickenBasically McDonald’s is revamping their classic McChicken with the addition of their new Applewood smoked bacon and white cheddar. They’ve also introduced a Buffalo Bacon Ranch version as well. This was possibly a little less impressive to me as I order my McChickens with cheese anyhow. The white cheddar was a nice surprise, though. Much creamier than their standard American; I noticed a distinct change in flavor which improved how the sandwich tasted overall. To compare, this cheese is more like what you would find in a Hot Ham N’ Cheese from Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. Now, for the crown jewel of most innovations: the bacon. I was deeply impressed. I forget the last time I had bacon on a McDonald’s sandwich, but this bacon was even more improved than the cheese. Chewing generated a slightly greasy texture as bacon should.  As I chewed it crunched into tiny bits with ambrosial flavor I realized the Applewood smoked bacon is a vast improvement over the old stuff and I would recommend it to any skeptic.

Bacon Cheddar McChicken from McDonalds While the standard ingredients retain the same quality as they always have, the cheese and bacon combined are more premium additions and I would say they are well worth the additional buck. I dub this a great new spin on an old favorite.

Pros: Higher quality additions with new ingredients to revamp a classic menu item.

Cons: All the original elements of the sandwich remain the same, creating an incongruity between the old and the new.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $2.00

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.chicken.1279.bacon-cheddar-mcchicken.html
Nutrition Facts:
480 Calories 22gProtein 24gFat(38%) 43gCarbs(14%) 1260mgSodium(53%) Calories from Fat 220 Dietary Fiber 2g (8%) Calcium 200mg (20%) Saturated Fat 7g (35%) Sugars 6g Iron 2.5mg (15%) Trans Fat 0g Vitamin A 170IU (4%) Vitamin C 6mg (10%) Cholesterol 65mg (21%) Serving Size6 oz (171 g)

17 comments on “Review: Bacon Cheddar McChicken from McDonald’s

  1. TehBuLL says:

    An entirely positive written review and a 6.5 score. I’m confused.

  2. Sascha says:

    That seems like a rather low score for what seems to be a fine review. I tried it and liked it, and I really like their implementation of the white cheddar, as processed as it is it at least tastes like a cheese, something none of the chains have been able to do with their American, which I keep of every sandwich. The bacon really improves this sandwich.

  3. Dustin says:

    6.5 isn’t necessarily a bad or negative score. At its core this was still a $2.00 processed chicken sandwich. I liked it but it wasn’t a religious experience or anything like that. A numerical score is hard to pin down because of how many factors you have to consider and the fact that every word of this review is subjective. The scores are what they are: my thoughts on the product. Had I given it an 8 there would be someone who thought I was ridiculous for such a high score. Likewise with a 4.

    • MP says:

      I agree with the 6.5. In the end, it’s just a cheap low quality product with some bells & whistles that tastes good. I’m thinking if it was a chicken breast filet at a slightly higher cost it would have received an 8.

  4. Tim says:

    The real crime is the Spicy McChicken is no longer on the menu. Would love to try one like this.

  5. BigBelly says:

    good lord, that last pic looks disgusting, like a mcnugget popped some steroids… hope it doesn’t rage coming out! hahahahaha

  6. Dan says:

    Starting next year in new and rebuilt stores, McD’s is introducing a 3rd drive thru window, called the The Fast Forward Drive-Thru. It’s a 3rd window that acts like the parking spaces you are asked to park in if your order is taking awhile to complete.

  7. Todd says:

    I also fail to see how the 2nd drive thru speeds things up. Maybe keeps more cars from backing up into the street? I reject the 2nd window on principle.

    • TJ says:

      You nailed it at a store in my hometown.. it legitimately helps spread the cars over their small lot. Other than that I agree it doesn’t make much sense, unless maybe they have enough traffic that they need two people taking orders.. someone ordering one Big Mac can get through quicker than a soccer mom ordering $40 worth of random stuff.

  8. mason says:

    I wish McDonald’s would bring back the spicy mcchicken. Also I miss the mcbites.

  9. BigBelly says:

    prepare to have your mind blown dude, saw on the news tonight, McDonald’s is going to a triple drive thru *kaboom* lmao

  10. Jay Melo says:

    I love the double drive thru. I usually order 1 or 2 small items and I inevitably get stuck behind somebody ordering for their entire office. It’s great to just zip around all that. There should be a rule that if you are spending more than $30 you need to go inside. Multiple item orders always get mangled.

  11. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I almost 99.999999% of the time get the McChicken late at night when the only options are McDonald’s or Taco Bell, so I have never had a bad one. I can’t see how adding cheese and bacon could be anything but positive. $2 is a good price for decent cheese and good bacon. Even the new BBQ Ranch burger is not bad for a late night item.

    My personal late night recommendation is the BBQ ranch burger or the McChickens and then drive over to Taco Bell and get the Cinabon Delights.

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