Review: Flatbread Grilled Chicken from Wendy’s

I recently read an article about how chicken options have surpassed beef on fast food menus.  Chicken has the nugget advantage, the salad advantage, the wrap advantage… I could go on and on.  Fast food chicken is just a lot more versatile than beef and when a hamburger attempts to fall into chicken territory (Big Mac Snack Wrap comes to mind), things just get a little weird.  Wendy’s played it safe with their latest menu items by offering nothing wild or gimmicky and sticking with the tried and true chicken.  Introducing Flatbread Grilled Chicken from Wendy’s.  I tried both the Smoky Honey Mustard and the Asiago Ranch and here’s my review. Grilled Chicken Flatbread from Wendy'sMy first observation with Flatbread Grilled Chicken is the name.  The name feels backwards to me and I’m trying to figure out the intention.  Grilled Chicken Flatbread works better in my opinion, but maybe the “Flatbread” is such a big deal it needed to be the first word.  Whatever the case, the flatbread really is the key ingredient and the only true new ingredient you’ll be experiencing with this sandwich.The Smoky Honey Mustard Flatbread Grilled Chicken is a toasted multi-grain flatbread, grilled 100% premium chicken breast, spring mix, two slices of tomato and smoky honey mustard sauce.  I thought the Smoky Honey Mustard version was a bit too plain as it really only offered a honey mustard sauce as its key ingredient.  It’s described as smoky, but it lacks any real depth of flavor.  The honey mustard was more sweet than anything else.  By skipping out on the cheese and bacon and fatty dressing, the Smoky Honey Mustard Flatbread Grilled Chicken only clocks in at 370 calories and 15 grams of fat.  The bulk of the calories comes from the 5-grain flatbread which contains 200 calories by itself.  The flatbread wraps the sandwich with a hinged end and is quite hearty and thick which provides a strong base for the rest of the ingredients.  It’s a nutty dense bread that I was surprised to find out only contained 2 grams of fiber.  I think your opinion of the flatbread alone will dictate your overall feelings on the Smoky Honey Mustard version. I found the flatbread to not be as toasted as I’d like to actually be noticeable.  Taste-wise, the flatbread has a very mild hint of honey sweetness.Honey Mustard Flatbread Wendy'sThe grilled chicken is a half piece of the Ultimate Grill Chicken Fillet which is conveniently sliced into five tenders, while still staying attached.  This type of cut made the sandwich easier to handle and consume in five rather large bites instead of tearing into one entire half-piece fillet of grilled chicken.  The spring mix was forgettable, but necessary as I’d actually miss it if it wasn’t included… not much to say about a spring mix really.  My biggest gripe came from the sliced tomatoes as they were too large for the sandwich to contain.  You’re getting two whole slices of tomato and while they were exceptionally crisp and fresh, this sandwich would’ve been a lot better off with maybe just one large tomato slice cut in two.  I paid $3.57 for my Smoky Honey Mustard Flatbread Grilled Chicken and I found the quality of the ingredients to be slightly above average for fast food standards, yet this wasn’t an overly impressive menu item.  Smoky Honey Mustard Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10 Smoky Honey Mustard Flatbread Wendy'sThe Asiago Ranch Flatbread Grilled Chicken is a toasted multi-grain flatbread, grilled 100% premium chicken breast, Asiago cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, two slices of tomato and spring mix topped off with ranch dressing.  Since this flatbread had a lot more going on in the ingredient department, it was a more memorable and tasty experience.  The trade-off for that tasty experience is a messier sandwich with more calories and twice the fat content of the Smoky Honey Mustard version.  The Asiago Ranch Flatbread Grilled Chicken comes in at 530 calories and 30 grams of fat, but its mix of bacon, cheese and ranch dressing equals lots of added flavor.  I love Wendy’s bacon and most of you seem to agree.  You get three generous slices of salty Applewood Smoked Bacon in the Asiago Ranch Flatbread sandwich and there is a harmonious combination when mixed in with the grilled chicken and creamy ranch dressing.Asiago Flatbread Wendy'sYou can tell from the pictures that this isn’t some sad, dried-out flimsy bacon.  Normally I would say cheese would get lost in a situation where there are two other strong flavors trying to get your attention, but the slice of Asiago provided just enough sharp flavor.  Asiago has an almost Parmesan-like quality to it. It usually stands out and Wendy’s utilized it well in this sandwich.  As I mentioned before, it’s a messy sandwich so it’s a tough sell for grubbing on the go.  I wanted to love this Flatbread, but in the three I’ve had over the last few weeks, all of them struggled to contain the ingredients and that soured my opinion a bit.  Also, I paid $4.07 for mine and I think it’s a bit too high to get a strong recommendation from me.  Prices with Wendy’s vary more than any other fast food joint I’ve been to (Wendy’s suggested price on this is $3.99) so keep that in mind.  It’s a mess of a sandwich, yet had a great balance of flavors I enjoyed.  If you plan on grubbing on the go with this thing, good luck.  Considering a knife and fork to handle a flatbread sandwich doesn’t bode well when you are strapped for time and need a quick bite.  Asiago Ranch Overall GrubGrade 7.25/10Flatbread Wendy'sI’ve tackled five of these Flatbreads since mid-March. The dust has settled, and I’ve come away thinking I’m ready for a burger.  I like that I can actually taste the higher quality in the fast food options at Wendy’s, but I’m not overly convinced that Flatbread Grilled Chicken is the preferred option for me.  The Asiago Ranch version is especially flavorful, but all these ingredients for the most part are already familiar to me.  The flatbread was the newcomer to possibly start a new wave of change and that alone isn’t enough to get me to make it a regular order.

Pros: Quality. Hearty thick flatbread is a break from the traditional wraps and buns. Wendy's bacon. The especially tasty Asiago Ranch version.

Cons: Messy and you're likely to need napkins. Mediocre value. The Smoky Honey Mustard lacks the "smoky".

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.75/10
Price: $3.57-$4.07

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10 for the Asiago Ranch and 5.75/10 for the Smoky Honey Mustard

More Info: http:www.Wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Smoky Honey Mustard: 370 calories, 15 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbs, 22 grams of protein
Asiago Ranch: 530 calories, 30 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbs, 30 grams of protein

21 comments on “Review: Flatbread Grilled Chicken from Wendy’s

  1. Alex K. says:

    I gave it a fairly similar review (on my blog … 4/5). It’s really nothing more than a reassembled Asiago Ranch chicken sandwich, but I don’t have a problem with that.

  2. Harry says:

    I got a coupon in the mail for a free flatbread sandwich with the purchase of a small fries and drink and I was just going to ditch it, but this Asiago Ranch one seems to be worth the effort. Thanks for controlling my thoughts, because I came here saying to myself “if Grubgrade likes it, and as long as it’s Ryan reviewing it and not Chefblahblah, I might drive to Wendy’s.

    • Scrape says:

      I just got my coupons for Wendys as well. Strange thing when the economy sucks so bad that fast food joints are relying on coupons to drum up business. I’m lucky as I live in an area where I get lots of coupons for most places; McD’s, BK, Wendys, Chick-Fil-A, Hardee’s, Arby’s, and KFC. Unless it is the Dollar Menu at McD’s or cheap Taco Bell stuff, I won’t go to a fast food place without the coupons. And if you are really cheap like I am, you get yourself signed up on Facebook or the glutton-clubs some of the places have and get even more coupons or even free food. I think I am up to six or seven free meals for my birthday month now.

  3. Brad says:

    Good reviews. I wasn’t terribly impressed with these either and seeing how there are far tastier options on Wendy’s menu I don’t see myself ever ordering one again.

  4. Jessica Johnson says:

    Once again, something that is supposed to be a more healthy alternative, but they just didn’t go all the way with it. At 15 grams of fat and 38 grams of carbs for the lowest of the two (the honey mustard one), this is not a viable option for someone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. It would actually be better to just eat a jr. cheeseburger deluxe. Fast food places should think about this and offer a sandwich or a wrap that is both low fat AND has minimal carbohydrates. Subway should do this, and I think they did have a lower carb wrap years ago, but not anymore. I love Wendy’s and I usually order a half size Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and use my own salad dressing.

    • Crysta says:

      You can’t make a sandwich or a wrap with “minimal carbohydrates” because they contain bread products. If you want low carb, eat a salad.

      Also, the low carb diet has been proven ineffective at weight loss and weight management. So unless you’re a diabetic, there’s really no point in doing the “low carb/no carb” thing anyway. Your body’s primary fuel is carbohydrates; that’s what it’s designed to run on. You wouldn’t put diesel in a car that requires unleaded gasoline!

      • Jessica Johnson says:

        First of all, yes you can make a sandwich or a wrap with minimal carbs, because I eat them already. You use flax meal, almond flour, coconut flour – there are even a couple of products in the store, pitas and flatbreads. Chick-fil-A just came out with a wrap that has half the carbs of most.
        Ineffective? Not when recommended by a dietician and not when I’m under the care of a doctor and my diet has helped me lost 65 pounds so far, since last summer. I still eat carbs, but I don’t overload on them. I keep it sensible. I don’t always want a salad. That is why people can’t keep up with this type of meal plan, because they feel like they can only eat salads or tiny portions, but it’s just not true. My point was that if one or two fast food places made an attempt to make a lower carb flatbread or wrap, they would really be onto something.

    • Anon says:

      Maybe you should learn about nutrition? You NEED dietary fat, everyone should be getting roughly .5 grams of fat per lean body mass. Carbs aren’t bad either, although non-essential. You know veggies are for the most part carbs, right? Something in my mind can really only be considered healthy based on the overall composition of a diet. That being said another rough guidline for something healthy is the nutrient density of said product, but that gets into quite a gray area as most people don’t know that information, and I wouldn’t expect them to.

      As far as your jr. cheeseburger deluxe comment, maybe, but I’m guessing this product has more micronutritents and is more filling. Thus making it the smarter option for someone who is trying to limit calories.

      • Jessica Johnson says:

        Maybe you should learn about nutrition. Just look at a carb guide and see how many are in vegetables versus bread, rice, and pasta. Veggies are not all carbs, as you say. They have carbs, of course, but as long as you avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, you are fine.
        By the way, I know a lot about nutrition, which is how I’ve lost 65 pounds since last spring. I went to a dietician and was under the care of my doctor, so I did it the right way. I still eat carbs, I just don’t overload on them. All I said was that I wanted some lower carb options for wraps because I know they are possible.

    • Alex K. says:

      …your comment makes my head hurt. Alright, a JUNIOR Bacon Cheeseburger may have less calories, well no crap. It’s probably about a quarter of the weight. Just because something has calories/carbs doesn’t make it bad — that sounds like the first step into becoming anorexic.

      • Ana Teresa says:

        Actually, she said a junior deluxe cheeseburger. And when you compare the two items’ nutritional profiles, there really isn’t much difference.

        Honey Mustard Flatbread (198 g)
        370 calories
        15 g fat
        38 g carbohydrates
        3 g fiber
        8 g sugar
        22 g protein

        Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe (157 g)
        350 calories
        19 g fat
        27 g carbohydrates
        2 g fiber
        6 g sugar
        17 g protein

        The differences in RDA percentages for vitamins A & C, calcium, and iron are quite close. So, if someone does have to be careful regarding carbohydrate and/or sugar consumption, the cheeseburger is perhaps a more viable sandwich option.

        Jimmy Johns has great lettuce wraps. I myself would love to see that option at more fast food places, although I doubt that would happen. An no, I’m not anorexic, or believe that carbs are evil, etc. etc. I simply try to get my carbs from veggies, rather than refined breads and things. There’s nothing wrong with the flatbread – it’s pretty tasty. However, people are kidding themselves if they think it’s healthier than a cheeseburger.

      • Jessica Johnson says:

        Anorexic? Are you kidding me? I eat a certain way for medical reasons, but I am never hungry or feeling deprived. I changed the way I ate last spring with the help of a dietician and under the care of my doctor, and it’s working. I know a lot about nutrition and I love food, so much. All I said was that I wanted a lower carb wrap. Your attitude makes my head hurt.

  5. al says:

    dont care for flatbread but i will consider and get this… thanx for the review.

  6. MP says:

    Hmm, you’d think they would come up with a beef or steak salad or flatbread by now.

  7. Anon says:

    Just had the asiago. 2 out of 10 at best. It was free and I still couldn’t finish it. A new low for Wendy’s. For once their cold overcooked fries were the better part of the meal. So sad. Never again.

  8. DMvee says:

    My name is David M**ley and I want to try one of these but can’t because I don’t ever spend my money on food, only on 40 ounces of breakfast. Where are the alcohol reviews????

  9. shelly says:

    evidently the taste depends on who makes it. I have had both options a few times now. after the first try, I decided they were too messy with the sauces on them, so I asked for them on the side. The first time I did so with the SHM, and I got it b/c it was cheaper. It was great just dipped in the amount of sauce I wanted. I again ordered it was the sauce on the side, and instead they just gave my a side of their regular honey mustard(no bueno, I don’t like honey mustard… until I tried this with the SHM, so that’s a huge plus).

    I decided to try the ranch one after trying the other one 3 times. I got the ranch on the side(again, good decision), but next time I would ask for the SHM instead. The tomatoes were indeed huge, but it worked. Usually with a sandwich or sub I end up with all bread and no tomato, but it had the perfect amount of both. I however saw no trace of cheese, but maybe b/c the bacon was so good I didn’t care to check. They could have used more long pieces of bacon, because it was in the size of bacon bit at some point. As for the bread, I did love it(I don’t like my bread toasted and without the sauce on it it was not soggy). I would love a healthier bread option(a wrap or sometimes a lettuce wrap option), I’d still give it an 8/10.

    Because McDonalds just came out with their McWraps, I had 2 compare the 2. The McWraps have too much sauce… I asked for no ranch, not knowing that they still had anther sauce(at the bottom of the wrap I ended up with a soupy mess) If only McDonalds(making a nonflour wrap) and Wendys could mesh together(adding cucumbers to the SHM flatbread) would I give them a 10!

  10. L. Boatner says:

    I eat flatbread grilled chicken asiago, but I get it without bacon and with “light” ranch dressing. I’m sure that subtracts a lot of calories. I’ve eaten this really often as part of other healthy food choices and exercise, and I’ve lost 35 lbs. LOVE this sandwich! I hope they don’t get rid of it.

    • shelly says:

      I read somewhere that it was going away in May, if so that is horrible. All these fast food places need to start replacing unhealthier meals with healthy ones, not bringing them for a limited time. yes I read where some people say it’s just as bad as a burger, but at least you can customize it to make it healthier if you’d like.

  11. Josh says:

    I miss the “fresh stuffed” pita sandwiches Wendy’s had in the late 90′s. I don’t really eat much meat (no health or moral reasons, I just don’t like it that much) and the Classic Greek one was an awesome quick combo meal for me. I think it was ahead of its time, though, too healthy for the 90′s and got discontinued! I might try one of these new flatbreads minus the chicken…I just don’t see it being better than ordering a salad!

    Really do wish they’d bring back the Fresh Stuffed Classic Greek Pita. /sniffle

  12. Amanda says:

    I tried the SHM flatbread sandwich they day they came out and was VERY disappointed. The flatbread was dense and tough, not soft and chewy like flatbread should be (Subway has good flatbread). I only had three slices of chicken in mine, not the five that are pictured. The tomatoes were mushy and it had very little greens on it. I so wanted to like this when I saw the commercials, but I did not enjoy it at all. The sauce was good and the chicken was tender. But the bad bread ruined it for me. The sweet Chili Chicken wrap at McD’s is way better, unfortunately.

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