Review: Crispy Colonel Sandwich from KFC

Like it or not, Chick-fil-A is the fast food leader in chicken.  Check out the sales (and keep in mind that Chick-fil-A is open only 6 days a week) and it’s undeniable.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery so KFC’s latest chicken sandwich offering hopes to get some business back and have you thinking the new Crispy Colonel Sandwich is a close enough replacement for those dark Sundays or painfully long drive-thru lines.
KFC’s Crispy Colonel Sandwich consists of an Extra Crispy fried chicken filet, three pickles, and mayonnaise on a toasted bun.  It may not exactly have that addictive CFA quality, but it’s definitely an impressive fast food chicken sandwich worthy of a purchase.I’ve had the Crispy Colonel Sandwich twice now and at different locations on different days and both experiences were positive. Right off the bat I noticed how incredibly thick the Extra Crispy chicken filet was.  The chicken filet was meaty and retained a good amount of moisture for such a hearty piece of chicken breast. It didn’t hit me over the head with the overwhelming flavor of KFC’s traditional herbs and spices… it seemed a little toned down and simplified and I liked that.  Simple and tasty.  The crust had some extra crunchy spots balanced with some lighter areas where the breading couldn’t hang on so inconsistency was obvious, but not a big problem.  It’s easy to see the chicken filet is the main focus with the sandwich and dwarfs everything else.  The bun housed the chicken well enough, but it’s only there to protect your fingers and hangs back to let the chicken shine.  The three pickle pieces had added a zesty sour flavor contrast and a little bite of freshness while the mayonnaise added some creamy texture balance.  At a price of $3.99 for the sandwich alone the Crispy Colonel Sandwich is a pretty solid value by itself.  If you want even more bang for your buck, don’t pass up the $5 Fill Up option which adds potato wedges, a chocolate chip cookie, and a medium drink for a dollar more.  KFC gets major points for offering such a great value.Overall, the new Crispy Colonel Sandwich from KFC is a great addition to the KFC menu and a very respectable fast food chicken sandwich.  It may not be at the level of Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, but it’s a worthy alternative.

Pros: Thick, hearty, simple and tasty chicken filet. $5 Fill Up.

Cons: A couple of inconsistent breading spots that tend to attach to the bread more than the chicken.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info: kfc.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 460
Total Fat - 25 grams
Carbs - 37 grams
Sodium - 1170 milligrams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugar - 3 grams
Protein - 24 grams

27 comments on “Review: Crispy Colonel Sandwich from KFC

  1. Johnnyboy says:

    Well I know where I’m getting dinner tonight! ChickFilA is junk and a hateful organization, and dry sandwiches with no mayo LOL! KFC beats them hands down. Who eats a chicken sandwich without mayo LOL, it’s like rabbit food.

    • morkklein says:

      Stop projecting your hate onto others. You and your Leftist counterparts embody the hate that you see in the world. Know a person by their actions. Not laughing

      • Alex says:

        “Leftest counterparts”… lol. You got that from his like of KFC over CFA? Nutjobs always want to bring up politics into something.

      • LSU Grad says:

        Yeah! How dare someone criticize CFA for refusing to employ gays.

        Wait, you just said that poster embodied hate? What do you think you’re doing?

        As he was being crucified, Christ told the thief he would join him in Heaven. He also washed the feet of a prostitute. He taught love and acceptance of all.

        CFA in many ways is going entirely against his teachings, but someone expressing criticism is leftist and hateful?

        I’m going to guess you are a male Christian who opposes gay marriage and is turned off by the idea of two women together – which makes you gay.

        • Sandy says:

          LOL. Chill. You are on a restaurant review site.

        • Barnaby says:

          CFA does not refuse to employ or serve gays, don’t be so dim.
          Their ‘value system’ of CFA is identical to the reasoning Obama gave when speaking out against gay marriage when pressed on it by the media during the election: as a Christian he only supports a traditional family structure and is against gay marriage for that reason. Of course every one of you clowns screaming about a fried chicken proprietor would never cast the same hatred toward Obama for the same homophobic bigotry as our President.

      • Robert says:

        “Know a person by their actions”, seriously? Dan Cathey’s “actions” (and comments and donations) speak plenty about hate. Nice one, trying to turning it around.

    • Peter says:

      Yes, serving people with a smile and “My pleasure” is so hateful. I bet you would describe yourself as “tolerant”?

    • Anthony says:

      Sheesh….came here for a food review. Walked into a political argument. 2018 America.

  2. Scram says:

    Great work by KFC. My second favorite chicken sandwich, very close to ChickFilA’s sandwich.

  3. Johnnyboy says:

    Please ignore the fake Johnnyboy. He just wants to be like me. Anyways, I will hope to try this tomorrow on their $5 box deal, the problem is they are always closed by the time I get off work. I actually like KFC’s chicken better than Popeyes, but both are A+. I always thought Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich was the best until Chick-fil-A came around, but I am sure that KFC’s sandwich is the next best thing to Chick-fil-A. Now I just wish they bring back the Spicy Zinger and the Tender Roast (from like 1999.)

  4. doctorx0079 says:

    FTR Chick-Fil-A has mayo in packets for those who want it.

  5. CulinaryZerg says:

    I had this yesterday and it was REALLY good. I was expecting it to taste like their tenders, but it was much better. Mine was hot and fresh (a lot of times tenders sit under heat lamps too long). The crust was thick and extra crunchy, but the fillet was more than thick and juicy enough to balance it. Really good deal in the $5 box.

  6. Sandy says:

    This looks awesome. Fried chicken with pickles on a soft bun, yum!

  7. doctorx0079 says:

    Just want to point out that stuff old Truitt Cathey says are not the positions of Chick-Fil-A, contrary to popular opinion. Here’s how to make Chick-Fil-A at home so you don’t have to go there: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/07/homemade-chick-fil-a-sandwiches-recipe.html

  8. Mark says:

    We don’t have chick fil a in my state for god knows why, so I cannot compare this sandwich to that. But it’s very good on its own. The mayo isn’t regular mayo though. It has some zesty flavor to it. The sandwich is very crispy and large but not overly greasy. I got four pickles on it and they tasted super fresh. Overall it was really good and the fill up box is a great value. I will definitely eat this again. I was not as big a fan of the zinger sandwich. This one is larger and less greasy imo.

  9. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This comment section is why sites like this die. I don’t understand how this site has the worst comment section on the internet that takes days for comments to be posted and then still then posts the stupid fight above anyway?

    Anyway, back to the topic, Chick fil A’s sandwich is still the best for the money, but other places are catching up. Shake Shack’s sandwich is excellent but Marky Mark’s place Wahlburgers might have the best around, one of the best anyway. If Raising Cane’s did a chicken sandwich they would be very dangerous.

  10. Rayc1744 says:

    Chick Fil A is overrated and boring with basically one dry menu item. Chicken Breast itself has sadly become “American Caviar” and is shunned by the serious international culinary world in favor of the much tastier dark meat and just about ANY other protein. Go to a fine restaurant and Chicken (especially white meat) is hardly offered and viewed as inferior.
    Having said all that…the KFC sandwich is the best among these meager offerings.

    • Bubbsy says:

      “the serious international culinary world” – lmao. Are they up there with the ‘elite prestigious global international worldwide beverage community’?
      FYI – you can’t conflate “fine dining” with “serious” (I assume you mean authentic) international cuisine. You’ve been watching too much Food Network. Yes, American fine dining restaurants don’t showcase chicken dishes but that’s just because it’s an inexpensive and harder to justify a $30 chicken dish, as opposed to lamb, filet, lobster, short ribs… also the customer base by nature are there primarily to impress others and order accordingly. If you actually leave the couch and go to experience international cuisine for yourself, you’ll discover that all parts of the chicken (even the “inferior” breast) are used and elevated to greatness.

  11. DAVO ARMANIAN says:

    Me and my men besties and my husband love the breast, dark meat too. We have black men as lovers too. We prefer our chicken grilled and nude without seasonings. Usually we prefer a creamy white sauce on our meats.

  12. Rayc1744 says:

    Thanks Bubbsy see ya at Tio Pepe

  13. Joe K. says:

    Tried one today. It was moist and hot – but it didn’t even fill the bun out. Nothing even similar to what is pictured here. It was also thinner than Chic-Fil-A’s and no comparison to either them or Wendy’s. At $3.99 it was a rip-off.

  14. BigBelly says:

    Mine filled out the bun, because the bun was tiny, it also got soggy fast, which was weird because it was the original version.
    The first zinger I had was big, but they seemed to get progressively smaller as time went on.
    I’d do it in a $5 fill-up before visiting chic-fil-a again.

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