Review: Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s
I’m a sucker for value menu items and the latest from Wendy’s is a new version of their original Crispy Chicken Sandwich. The new Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich offers a couple of extra ingredients in hopes for a new flavor experience.
Wendy’s describes their new Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich like this:
Wendy’s new Crispy Dill Chicken is a pickle lover’s dream. Piled high with crunchy dill pickles and topped with a refreshing cucumber dill sauce – all for just $1.49.
Of course that $1.49 is just a suggested price. I purchased the sandwich at a Maryland Wendy’s for $1.99. Not as big of a price difference as I’ve experienced in the past. You might remember the latest update to the North Pacific Cod Sandwich from Wendy’s featured a dill tartar sauce and dill pickles. With the new Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich, the impact of the dill flavor and pickle crunch wasn’t as impressive. The crunch of the two crinkle-cut dill pickle pieces took a hit from a combination of the cucumber dill sauce and the warm slice of Monterey Jack cheese. Looks aside, the cheese was warm, don’t let the lack of melt fool you. The Monterey Jack cheese didn’t do much to improve the sandwich as it’s pretty weak. There definitely is a strange Filet-O-Fish type of vibe that I got from this chicken sandwich and the pickle flavor, sauce and soft roll are the main culprits.
The chicken patty isn’t too overly breaded, but its non-premium value qualities still shine too bright. There’s minimal crunch and not much to the seasoning flavor beyond salt, chicken stock and some pepper. I believe the addition of the cucumber dill sauce and crinkle cut pickles actually work against the sandwich overall because it makes the lower quality chicken stand out too much. Probably the only condiments that work with a cheap chicken sandwich and not against it would be your standard ketchups, BBQ sauces, any common nugget dipping sauce really. The herby cucumber dill sauce and crinkle cut pickles will feel a lot more comfortable in a premium chicken or fish Wendy’s sandwich. Also worth mentioning… I’m not sure what’s up with the Wendy’s produce lately, but the quality is feeling more and more like Burger King.I don’t think the Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich turned out to be the “pickle lover’s dream” that Wendy’s hoped for. It’s got a mix of new and old flavors that work against one another so overall I found it to be mediocre.
Pros: Under 2 bucks. Bun.
Cons: The mix of newer ingredients with familiar value menu ingredients made the flaws of the familiar stuff stand out.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: wendys.com
420 calories, 24 grams of
fat, 6 grams of saturated, 1160 milligrams
of sodium, 35 grams of carbs, 5 grams of
sugar, 3 grams of fiber, 16 grams of protein