Review: Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Sonic
I tipped my car hop and she did not bring me peppermints. Let that sink in for minute. She got a dollar and change and I didn’t get any peppermints. Sorry, I had to throw that out there. I feel better now. All was not lost however, as she DID bring me the Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sandwich. In case you missed the car hop tipping reference, this is Sonic. I usually refrain from America’s Drive-In, but the times I go, I usually opt for a Super Sonic Burrito or a Chicken Toaster Club Sandwich. Full disclosure: I love the fried chicken patties at Sonic, so I had to try this beauty. Fried chicken and spicy sauce? I am there.
Sonic describes their creation like this:
100% all-white meat crispy chicken breast filet seasoned with a spicy pepper blend, crisp lettuce, hand-sliced tomato, mayo and a sweet and spicy habanero sauce atop a toasted ciabatta bun.
The description was pretty apt, I must say. The crispy chicken breast fillet was indeed 100% all-white meat and it did have a slight peppery kick. The fillet was glorious, deep-fried to perfection on the outside yet juicy and full of flavor on the inside. The lettuce and tomato were still cool and crisp when I got home, though that may not appear to be the case in the photos. No slimy veggies here. The ciabatta bun was well-toasted, still warm and soft on the inside. The mayo was par, I suppose; easily upstaged by the sweet and spicy habanero sauce. Okay, more full disclosure. I completely missed the mayo flavor in my excitement for the spicy sauce, which is really the star of this show.
I was disappointed in the burn factor. I read “fire” on the menu and my heart leapt into my throat. I saw “habanero” listed in the sauce description and my mouth watered.
I prepped my taste buds for a serious dose of capsaicin I get really tired of buzz words in advertising. It seems they are misleading about 95% of the time and I have come to distrust any fast food menu item claiming to be spicy. With that disclaimer out of the way, I savored this sandwich. The sauce, while not being what I expected, was delicious. The sweetness overpowered the spice of the habanero, but the flavor was still excellent. These ingredients came together in a winning combination that I would definitely try again. Do I want more spice? Usually. Do I want more sauce? Always. The combination of ingredients and my unnatural love of Sonic’s fried chicken breast gave this sandwich a gold star in my book. Not the best sandwich I have ever tasted, but definitely a good buy. Try one with extra sauce. Maybe jalapenos and pepper-jack cheese? Mmmm. I think I hear lunch calling.
Pros: Delicious chicken, flavorful sauce and lightly chewy bun.
Cons: Mayo gets lost in the mix, spicy sauce is not really all that spicy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: http://www.sonicdrivein.com/MenuItem/chicken/island-fire-spicy-chicken-sandwich
Calories 720 Calories from Fat 320 % Daily Value* Total Fat 35g 54% Saturated Fat 6g 30% Trans Fat 0.5g Cholesterol 65mg 22% Sodium 1450mg 60% Total Carbohydrate 70g 23% Dietary Fiber 6g 24% Sugars 12g Protein 32g