Review: Rodeo Chicken Sandwich from Burger King
Burger King hasn’t done a lot right over the last few years, but since I can still order the Rodeo Cheeseburger whether or not it appears on the menu, it’s not all bad. Recently BK did a bit of a no-brainer and a head-scratcher all at once. The no-brainer is promoting the Rodeo brand by introducing the Rodeo Chicken Sandwich and the head-scratcher is offering a Rodeo Burger when the Cheeseburger version is already fast food greatness. Well maybe some don’t like cheese and being priced at just a buck is a good selling point too. OK, you’ve convinced me Burger King. I’m all in. While the Rodeo Burger won’ have much appeal to a Rodeo Cheeseburger fan, the Rodeo Chicken Sandwich is something worth investigating.
Burger King describes their Rodeo Chicken Sandwich like this:
Our new Rodeo Chicken Sandwich features deliciously crisp chicken, sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings served on a toasted sesame seed bun.
Priced at just $1.00, the Rodeo Chicken Sandwich fits perfectly into the company of a pretty respectable value menu at BK. In recent years it’s become obvious that the day of the dollar menu is dwindling and fast food products are being skimped on more and more. I understand the changing times so it’s nice to see there are still some offers being promoted at this price.
So what does your dollar get you? It’s your standard value chicken sandwich on a sesame seed bun topped with a couple of onion rings and BBQ sauce. The chicken patty on its own isn’t too impressive as it doesn’t stand out much from a flavor perspective. It’s not overly salty and doesn’t have the greasy sponge-like qualities of the Original Chicken Sandwich. The chicken really is altogether forgettable and it’s actually a little difficult to identify since the supporting cast of ingredients easily outshine it.
The BBQ sauce and onion rings make the Rodeo Chicken Sandwich a success. I really like the balance of the BBQ sauce and how it combines a little sweetness in with some peppery heat. The sauce is applied generously and it’s thick enough to coat the chicken patty and onion rings just right with no runny mess. The onion rings are nothing special on their own for me, but they do something special within the sandwich. The rings provide a little crunch and just the appropriate amount of onion taste to work comfortably with the BBQ sauce. With the BBQ sauce and onion rings, there are enough bold flavors to almost make you forget you’re eating a chicken sandwich.
The Rodeo Cheeseburger works in all areas for me. The bun, burger patty, cheese, onion rings and BBQ sauce all represent themselves well for a fast food burger. The chicken version doesn’t quite excel in all areas since I found myself forgetting about the chicken patty. I don’t think I’ll ever replace the Rodeo Cheeseburger with the Rodeo Chicken Sandwich, but I was pleasantly surprised how three simple ingredients within a sesame seed bun satisfied me. The sandwich worked for me and it’s a good value if you’re looking for a quick bite.
Pros: Good value, just a buck. BBQ sauce. While the onion rings don't do much for me on their own, they are great for Rodeo sandwiches.
Cons: Chicken patty doesn't have much of a presence.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com
Calories - 410
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 3 grams
Carbs - 53 grams
Cholesterol - 20 milligrams
Sodium - 870 milligrams
Sugars - 14 grams
Protein - 12 grams