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.

Island Fire Spicy Chicken SandwichSonic 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.

Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sonic 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.

Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sandwich SonicI 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. Island Fire Chicken SonicThese 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.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $4.49

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: http://www.sonicdrivein.com/MenuItem/chicken/island-fire-spicy-chicken-sandwich
Nutrition Facts:
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

5 comments on “Review: Island Fire Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Sonic

  1. Scrape says:

    You are supposed to tip them for walking a bag of stuff out to car? Who knew? You don’t tip at Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. when they bring you your stuff. The McD’s drive-thru people don’t get tips when they bring stuff to your car.

    Anyway, the spicy chicken is pretty good. Third on my list behind Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s. Them new fries aren’t all that good though. They remind of of BKs current regular fries with that sucky coating on them. Fries ain’t that hard, people.

    • JF says:

      Have you been to a sonic? It’s not like a busy DT where they ask you to pull up and bring your food to your car, they have stalls where you order from the stall and they bring the food out to your car. I have never used that before at sonic (always used the drive through) but if I did, I would tip them as well, because it is similar to a restaurant experience to a degree, and certainly if it was raining, snowing, i.e. bad weather, I’d still tip them even if that was their “job”.

      • TJ says:

        It’s more like picking up a pizza or tipping at a Starbucks or Subway.. optional. If the service is good and I got an extra buck or two I throw it in, but the employees seem pretty cool with no tips too.. not like getting something delivered to your house or eating at a restaurant, that’d be pretty rude.

  2. Alex K. says:

    I’m still confident that it’s Sonic’s owners to put as many calories into a sandwich as possible. 720 for THAT? I will say that Sonic’s chicken is great for what it is, but there’s a reason! Want to try this.

  3. Taylor says:

    Sounds like the same problem with the Island Fire SuperSONIC Cheeseburger – all sweet and no heat. It looks pretty good anyways. I’ve never had a spicy item from Sonic, but I’m sure some people consider the new items spicy.

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