Review: Philly Original Chicken Sandwich from Burger King
Burger King can’t catch a break here on GrubGrade and for good reason. Actually, those Cheesy Tots that Sam reviewed seemed to leave a favorable impression, but lately it’s just been a lot of lackluster new menu choices at BK. Many of the comments from our readers seem to lean towards the consensus that Burger King has fallen hard off the quality map. BK has been stuck in territory that has had us pining for the good ol’ days for far too long. An offering that has been around for a while now is the Original Chicken Sandwich and the latest version, called the Philly Original Chicken Sandwich, is one I’d like to forget.Burger King describes their new Philly Original Chicken Sandwich like this:
A lightly-breaded chicken fillet topped with traditional Philly-Style toppings – a colorful mix of bell peppers and seasoned grilled onions, served with American cheese and smothered with a creamy cheese sauce. All served hot on a toasted sesame bun.
Priced at $4.69 plus tax, the Philly Chicken Sandwich needs to wow me in ways that the Original, Club and Italian never could. I figured that this creation would just be more of the same and I’d end up with an average to slightly below average chicken sandwich. You call this a Philly, BK? Attaching “Philly” to a sandwich, slapping on some peppers, onions and cheese… sorry Philadelphia. The “lightly-breaded chicken fillet” is actually a flat salt-soaked sponge of what I hope is actual chicken. The biggest issue for me with the Original Chicken Sandwich, its two other styles and this creation is that they all have a dominating flavor that comes from the chicken. It’s not a chicken flavor per se, but an oily pressed conglomeration of “stuff” that just screams sodium. It’s hard to ignore how much the flavor of the chicken fillet takes over the sandwich and no amount of bell peppers, onions and cheese can help rescue it.As for the green and red diced bell peppers, there were plenty. There’s more of a taste of the peppers than there was any flavor of grilled onions. On closer inspection, the onions were definitely present, but had zero impact. Speaking of impact, the cheese had plenty of it because it was everywhere. Burger King didn’t stop with just slices of American cheese… they went above and beyond with an extra slathering of cheese sauce to boot. Cheese touches every bit of this sandwich and it’s unfortunate that there’s only a hybrid of American cheese and cheese sauce. You can’t really differentiate one over the other in terms of flavor, just texture obviously. Maybe American and provolone cheeses would’ve worked better here. The one saving grace was that the bread was toasted just right. It’s sad that the bread stood out as the only slight positive and I think the reason behind that is everything else just fell below average.If you come across one of those buy one, get one free deals… I’m still not sure that I could recommend this sandwich. I’d pay a buck fifty to sample it and still clutch my money with the thought that it’s going to be a mistake. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think. Burger King needs some help and the Philly Original Chicken Sandwich is only making things worse. Stick with the Rodeo Cheeseburger, it’s a sure thing, and forget the onslaught of new nonsense.
Pros: The bread was toasted right.
Cons: Too much cheese. No flavor to the grilled onions. Incredibly salty. Expensive.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: http://www.BK.com
Calories - 550
Total Fat - 25 grams
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Sodium - 1870 milligrams
Carbs - 54 grams
Sugar - 8 grams
Protein - 30 grams