Review: Chicken Big King from Burger King

What compelled me to get a chicken sandwich at Burger King today?  Was it the ridiculous “Subservient Chicken Redemption” video? I’ll say no, but the word “redemption” probably plays a part in the decision.  Last November I purchased the Big King and was left feeling it was chockful of mediocrity.  Since then, the Big King has been given bigger burger patties to balance out that glut of extra bread.  I guess you could say the reputation of the Big King was at stake so making it bigger was the smart move.  The Big King got its redemption, but how is a chicken version going to stand out and be deserving of the “Big King” brand?  Here’s my review of the Chicken Big King.

Chicken Big King BKThe Chicken Big King is described like this:

Our new CHICKEN BIG KING Sandwich features two crispy chicken patties, topped with melted American cheese, fresh cut iceberg lettuce, crisp onions, crunchy pickles, and a sweet thousand island style dressing, all on a warm toasted sesame seed bun.

Priced at $3.99 for the sandwich alone, I made sure to get a better value out of my purchase and go for the 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal.  Currently, the Mix & Match deal includes the Original Chicken Sandwich, the Big Fish Sandwich, and both the original Big King and the new Chicken Big King.  I was curious to see the burger and chicken versions of the Big King side by side so I based my decision on that. 

Chicken Big King and Big King BKWell I must say, the bigger burger patties on the Big King make a world of difference.  The fact that the middle bun seems a lot less bulky doesn’t hurt either.  Fixing my gaze off of the burger and on to the new Chicken Big King, a couple of thoughts cross my mind.  I’m wondering how the American cheese is going to taste in a chicken sandwich with really skimpy breaded patties and how bad are these chicken patties going to be.  The cheese didn’t factor much in any positive or negative way.  Looks-wise, it was melty on one end and waxy on the other.  On the dual chicken patties side of things, they’re lucky to be surrounded with a lot of other ingredients to hide their impact.

Chicken Big King sandwichThese chicken patties aren’t meaty enough to stand out with qualities you’d find in a chicken product.  It’s two flattened sponges of salty protein separated by a piece of bread.  The standard produce combo of pickles, iceberg lettuce and onions was typical of Burger King… not very good and that’s putting it nicely.  If I could pick out one highlight in the trio it would be that the pickles broke up the flavor dominance of the sweet thousand island dressing.  I really do like thousand island dressing in a burger or chicken sandwich and feel it provides for an identifiable sweet tanginess that contrasts well with the sour pickles and salty chicken breading.

Chicken Big King Burger KingThe Chicken Big King fails with its individual parts, but somehow comes together as an entire package to still become edible.  I didn’t particularly like this sandwich and at the same time never felt it deserved a spot in my garbage can halfway through eating it.  How’s that for an endorsement?  Since the burger version of the Big King is now a bit more deserving of its name, I see no reason to go with chicken.

Pros: 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal. Thousand island dressing. The whole is greater than sum of its parts... I guess.

Cons: Chicken patties. BK produce. The value when buying this sandwich a la carte.

Taste: 4.50/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $3.99 for sandwich alone, available in 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/lunch-and-dinner-menu-202/fish-and-chicken-221/chicken-big-kingtm-m2728/index.html
Nutrition Facts:
660 calories, 37 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 59 grams of carbs, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 1600 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of sugar, 23 grams of protein

9 comments on “Review: Chicken Big King from Burger King

  1. james says:

    “I didn’t particularly like this sandwich and at the same time never felt it deserved a spot in my garbage can halfway through eating it.” haha. great way to sum this sandwich up!

  2. Alex K. says:

    I used to love Burger King’s chicken and “chicken”, but both their sponge chicken byproduct and “premium” chicken now taste like nothing but sodium.

  3. MP says:

    The Chicken Big King from Burger King: the last resort before starvation.

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This looks utterly horrible.

  5. Nate says:

    That looks like roadkill.

  6. Greg B says:

    An Overly salty hot mess of something they want to sell as an edible sandwich. This Burger King is a sad and tired monarch who needs to be overthrown!

  7. Lancaster says:

    Honestly, I’m not sure this concept would work with any kind of chicken. Real filets of fried or grilled chicken would be too firm, dense, or dry. Processed chicken is easier to bite into, but it’s also too salty and gross to be appealing like this (as opposed to bite-size nuggets or BK’s Chicken Fingers). Ground beef works well here partly because it’s both biteable and more natural-looking than processed chicken.

  8. Charlotte says:

    I ave second-hand embarrassment for Burger King.

  9. David says:

    I tried the Chicken King… and I must say that I have made equal or better sandwiches at home, using extremely freezer-burned chicken patties (generic brand), and this was worse. I’ll agree with Greg: Burger King used to be my preferred fast food restaurant… Now almost every aspect of a visit is entirely inconsistent at best, plain lacking at worst, and the ‘high’ notes are rarely more notable than “My sandwich wasn’t over-floured or grease-soaked, and didn’t require assembly before eating.”

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