Review: Buffalo Chicken Slider from Arby’s

It’s interesting to step back and look at how fast food has evolved over the last decade. About nine years ago, when I started college, I used to live off value menus. Arby’s had one of the better value menus out there, but these days, the chain is more likely to release a new premium, $6 sandwich than something on the low end of the spectrum. I’m more than happy with that approach since Arby’s “premium” meats (not to mention their cheeses and other toppings) usually live up their billings. But lately, I’ve noticed Arby’s has been focusing some attention on the value part of their menu. The new Buffalo Chicken Slider is the latest innovation to the “$1.29 menu,” which, from 2-5 p.m. daily, drops to $1.Arbys Buffalo Chicken SliderThe new Buffalo Chicken Slider is described as:

A crispy chicken tender dipped in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch. For when you want to step things up, but just a little bit, because it’s a slider.

As you can see, the sandwich looks pretty ridiculous in its holster. You may also want to avoid the drive-through with this one, since, if you do get it to-go like I did, you’re liable to get some leaking from the sauce.Arbys Buffalo Chicken SliderThat said, the slider works well. Buffalo chicken isn’t anything ground breaking, but Arby’s doesn’t screw it up; the Buffalo sauce has a fiery cayenne and vinegar flavor that’s cut by the tang and sweetness of the ranch, which has both the standard buttermilk taste and an unexpected zesty aftertaste from the parmesan. Basically, the whole sandwich tastes like a boneless chicken wing, albeit without all the flavorless vegetation of the celery, not to mention a more sophisticated take on the cooling sauce. Thankfully, the breading on the chicken still had some crispiness despite a ten-minute car ride, and my only qualm with the chicken was that there was a meatless crispy end piece on my strip.Arbys Buffalo Chicken SliderIn my opinion, Arby’s has the best rolls in fast food, and the “mini-bun” keeps the tradition alive. The best way to describe the mini-bun is to say it’s a kid-sized version of a Portuguese roll; it’s firm but not stiff, with some sweetness and a little bit of buttery flavor. It’s perfect for soaking up the sauce, and even gets some additional flavor from the flour on top.Arbys Buffalo ChickenI liked the Buffalo Chicken Slider so much that the only downside I can see to it is that Arby’s doesn’t offer a full-size version of the sandwich. Regardless, the slider concept works, and at $1.29 the slider is definitely a comparable buy to a McChicken or other value menu chicken sandwich. If nothing else, the sliders prove there is quality even in value menu items.

Pros: Juicy and crispy chicken strip bathed in spicy Buffalo sauce and an upscale version of Ranch. Excellent “mini-bun” with doughy chew. Good value, especially between 2-5 p.m.

Cons: No full-sized version. A bit messy to get to-go. Looks like a bad sex joke.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $1.29

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info: arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
290 calories, 13 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 860 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, 12 grams of protein.

23 comments on “Review: Buffalo Chicken Slider from Arby’s

  1. Michael says:

    Years ago 5reg Roast Beef for $5 on Saturdays or was it every day?). It was a good deal. It vanished. The survey freebie vanished. The 5for5 vanished.

    I’ve debated getting this. The original sliders weren’t bad, but I remember I had a few hours old one/microwaved one and the bun went rockhard.

    • Jay Melo says:

      I miss the days of the 99cent Arby-Q and a side of potato cakes. Miss the 5 for $5 too. The good old days before Arby’s was taken over by $6 sandwiches.

    • ruckus says:

      Oh yea, the 5 for 5 was a good way of getting a couple of days worth of food on the cheap.

      There isn’t anything cheap about Arby’s now, tho… Also the last time I went there they gave me stale buns, and stale buns are a dealbreaker for me. You can do me wrong, and step on my feet, but don’t give me stale buns!

  2. doctorx0079 says:

    NEED THIS FULL SIZE DAMMIT!!

  3. Johnnyboy says:

    I seen some construction guys order this last week, looked pretty tasty.

  4. Mikey F Baby says:

    A chicken tender on a bun. That’s a lot of bread, no thanks! Not even for $1 at 3pm on a Tuesday

  5. DTRoyalty says:

    This thing is good! Full sized would be great but a little too sauce rich. Peppercorn sauce is a nice touch and might please bluecheeseaphobes. Was $1.29 for me during happy hour, and $1.50 before the markdown. Worth the buck for sure. Though consumers like Mike might still wax poetic on the days before rising food costs, this is a decent snack and an economical add on.

  6. Daniel Fletcher says:

    Looks better than the 2 I just bought. They were wrapped, not boxed, which doesn’t matter. But she pulled them out of a fridge and microwaved them. So the bun and peppercorn sauce were also microwave hot.

  7. Neil Davis says:

    Hold the ranch please, god that looks awful.

  8. Patrick Bateman says:

    Doesn’t the 1st pic remind you of a food version of Alien?

  9. M-Logan says:

    Yeah these are real good. The ranch is the same as they use on the loaded curly fries, and that peppercorn flavor totally makes it. Seriously awesome ranch.

    The little white rolls are good, too – interesting texture, soft N chewy.

  10. Dude says:

    I used to love the KFC Buffalo Snacker, but they did away with it, so I’m on a lookout for mini buffalo chicken sandwiches. I just had a few of these things, and they were really good.

    I hope these become a regular item, but Arby’s will have my semi-frequent business if they do. Otherwise adios Arby’s…you’re too expensive for me.

  11. jon says:

    I love these,but i only go during happy hour prices,a buck from 2p-5p,everyday,wish the chicken was square to fit the bun better,about 3 bites are all bread,also a buck for the shakes during happy hour!

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