Review: Chik Biscuit from Krystal

I’ve done far too much grubbing lately and being away from the home base facilitates in breaks of routine and extra poor decisions in food selection.  Being in the presence of a Krystal restaurant (mmm, mini burgers) is a rarity for me, but I found myself passing by one last month and I made a mental note… “I’ll be seeing you on my way back”.

I was walking through the airport in Atlanta, short on time at the moment.  On my way back to depart, other distractions took over and I missed out.  Atlanta being a layover location on a trip a few weeks later gave me another opportunity to sample the southern fast food chain for the first time.  At 8:45am on a Wednesday morning in July, I botched my decision for a memorable breakfast and went with something I’ve never had before in the Chik Biscuit from Krystal.

Krystal describes their Chik Biscuit like this:

For a break from the traditional breakfast sandwich, enjoy Krystal’s Chik Biscuit made with 100% all-white, whole chicken breast filet covered in a crisp, lightly seasoned breading served on a hot, square, buttery Krystal biscuit.

Chicken for breakfast seems to be available at a lot of places these days.  The chicken biscuit breakfast sandwich specifically has shown up on many fast food menus in an effort to compete with the success of Chick-fil-A.  So far in my experiences, most attempts at making a delicious chicken biscuit sandwich have fallen flat.  In full disclosure, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit isn’t one of my favorite things in the world to begin with, but the copycats still don’t do it justice.  The item is incredibly simple and plain so mess just one thing up and it’s a failure.  A chicken filet served in a biscuit is all the Chik Biscuit is.  I found the chicken filet to be both overly salty and tough to chew.  There’s no juicy, moist texture to go through as the chicken seemed almost as dry as the biscuit.

This biscuit was crumbly and stale.  I made more mess with these two simple ingredients than I’d care to admit, but here it goes.  You know how Cookie Monster can’t seem to not make a mess?  Or what the Rock Biter in The Neverending Story looks like when getting his grub on?  Pretty sure that’s what comes to mind when someone is witness to me working on this biscuit.  While I’m on the subject of sharing my maturity level with my childhood references, just know that I must have looked like a child trying to piece together the puzzle of the shattered biscuit.  Maybe I shouldn’t have started my first Krystal experience with something from the breakfast menu at the airport location, but I did and shame on me.  I paid $2.59 for this pathetic Chik Biscuit which puts it more expensive than what I’ve paid for similar offerings at McDonald’s and CFA.

Simplicity is tricky and it’s easy to be exposed when you can’t hide under a glut of sauces or cheeses.  With the Chik Biscuit, there are two main ingredients and both lacked quality enough to make any sort of positive impression on me.  A Krystal Burger was really what I should’ve been going after, but my limitations steered me in the direction of something I’ve had many times before and have yet to find a really standout candidate.  Someone please suggest to me a chicken biscuit worthy of trying because I’ve lost faith in the product that sounds incredible on paper.  I love chicken and biscuits, but chicken biscuits have let me down.

Pros: Traveling to find something better. The Krystal cashier was shockingly nice.

Cons: My first Krystal experience. Crumbly stale biscuit and chew-toy chicken.

Taste: 4.75/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $2.59

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: Krystal.com
Nutrition Facts:
Chik Biscuit
Serving size: 129g
Calories: 400
Calories from fat: 160
Total fat: 18g
Saturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 25Mg
Sodium: 1240Mg
Total carbs: 43g
Dietary fiber: 1g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 15g

12 comments on “Review: Chik Biscuit from Krystal

  1. Jason says:

    Hardees seems to have a pretty decent chicken biscuit. Not really my first choice but everyone else seems to love them.

  2. Rick says:

    The Checkers in terminal B does buffalo tenders instead of bone-in wings, that needs to be on your Hartsfield radar!

    And I think we need a reader to review one from a standalone Krystal, airport food is a dice roll

  3. Jack Smoke says:

    you ever thought about trying the famous chicken cheese biscuit at timeout in north carolina?

  4. Michael says:

    Living in Alabama, I can honestly tell you that Krystal’s breakfast isn’t worth it. However, I’ll eat their burgers any day xD

  5. Stephen Z. says:

    Having lived in Atlanta a bit, I got to try Krystal…a lot! But it just never hit the spot for me, I’d choose White Castle over Krystal any day. Some reason Krystal seems to have more bun than the Castle.

    • ljay says:

      Agreed – We have a crystal on every block in TN but I much prefer WC and hit them up on every road trip. Their breakfast sandwiches are tops. (Not to be confused with a breakfast biscuit where Hardees rules the roost)

  6. Natalie says:

    I may or may not have spoken of my childhood love for Krystal on here before, I don’t remember…as a child they were my favorite restaurant period. As an adult, I live nowhere near a Krystal, so I have to get my fix when I visit my parents and hometown 1-2 times a year. Mostly of memory thing, even if I still lived in the south I doubt I would eat those greasy burgers too often.

    Anyway, you made a rookie mistake here. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered a Krystal chicken biscuit. You go to Chick-fil-A for that. If you’re getting Krystal breakfast, you should get a scrambler. A little styrofoam cup layered with grits, scrambled eggs, cheese and sausage. There’s also a biscuit and gravy one and a pancake one. It’s a complete breakfast in a portable cup. Perfect idea for fast food…and delicious.

    • Ryan says:

      Coincidentally, I got a Scrambler too. I agree the idea is great, but it was terrible. I think I need to try some Krystal burgers next.

  7. Nickki says:

    Bojangles has the best chicken biscuit. The biscuit is absolutely delicious and the chicken has a nice spicy kick to it.

    • Bob says:

      Definitely! I only end up at Bojangles the one time a year I’m in Florida, but always make time to get their chicken biscuits. Actually, the chicken, egg, and cheese biscuit. Best fast food breakfast sandwich ever.

      Now if they’d only come to NJ…. :(