Review: Jumbo Popcorn Chicken from Sonic
Pulling into Sonic, I am always disappointed that the car hops no longer roller-skate around with food and drinks precariously balanced, tempting fate while making their way to various vehicles. At least in my area they no longer do so. Just once I wanna see someone face-plant as they miss a curb; fries flying through the air, Route 44 tumbling in an impossible arc, spraying Cherry Limeade over anything within a ten foot radius. But I’m a dreamer, and I digress. I am normally not a huge fan of Sonic. When I do, I gravitate invariably toward the Super Sonic Breakfast Burrito. The Jumbo Popcorn Chicken, available in snack size or large however, was sufficient to cause my rare deviation from old favorites.
At first I was a little bit disappointed. The large size, at $3.99, did not seem all that large. The chicken not all that “Jumbo”. I had a bad feeling I had just gotten taken. Not to mention the disembodied Sonic voice failed to ask about my preference regarding the ever-present choice of dipping sauces. I assumed there was some default option and I would make do; opting instead to let the flavor of the chicken speak for itself but the sauce never came. It. Never. Came.
The first bite was delicious. Juicy, white meat chicken deep-fried to perfection. The breading was just right, not too heavy and utterly devoid of extra oil/grease. The first several bites were inhaled as my survival instincts kicked in and I decide to hoover the rest of them before my roommate decided she wanted a bite. It quickly became obvious that the pieces on top were easily the largest and freshest.
As I gorged my way to the bottom, the chicken grew (or shrank, rather) to what I can only describe as a somewhat generic taste. The breading to chicken ratio becoming more unbalanced with each bite, and with that ratio the succulent factor dwindled as well. I am going to chalk this up to two separate batches of chicken being served in the same cup, because there was a definite Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde situation going on here. I became annoyed there was no sauce for the bottom half as it was definitely lacking moisture. Having said that, I finished up the chicken with some ketchup and a long draw on my Cherry Limeade.
I rethought my original disappointment in the portion size moments later as my stomach finally registered how much I had actually consumed. I was pleasantly full, even if some of the quality was not all that I had expected. Barring the marked difference between the old and the new I really enjoyed the chicken and would definitely recommend it, Just make sure the Sonic voice asks you about the sauce.
Pros: Tasty chicken, balanced breading, marked absence of grease
Cons: Inconsistent quality/size, still bitter about the sauce
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
Jumbo Popcorn Chicken
Calories – 560
Total Fat -290 calories/32 grams
Saturated Fat – 6 grams
Cholesterol – 65 milligrams
Sodium – 1890 milligrams
Carbs – 41 grams
Sugars – 2 grams
Dietary Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 27 grams