Review: Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

Last year around this time Burger King decided to release two new versions of their Original Chicken Sandwich.  The results were expectedly quite average, but when combined with a promotional price, the decision to sample the Club style and the Italian style was a lot easier to rationalize.  The chicken patty has now received “a spicy new twist on the Original” with the Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich.

Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich Burger KingBurger King describes their Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich like this:

Our new Spicy Chicken Sandwich is made with white-meat chicken and a light breading mixed with cayenne and black pepper. Topped with a simple combination of fresh lettuce and creamy mayonnaise and served on a toasted sesame seed bun, this delicious option is a spicy new twist on our Original Chicken Sandwich.

The bottom-line here is that this is the exact same product as the Original Chicken Sandwich, except for the breading of the chicken patty.  Everything you loved or hated from the Original is going to likely make you feel similarly towards the Spicy version.  I found a glimmer of a silver lining that made me like the Spicy patty over the Original.  It’s faint, and bordering on a lateral move, yet the Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich prevailed with a slight edge.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich BKStarting off with the familiar song and dance, yes the lettuce at Burger King needs a facelift.  The toasted sesame seed sub-style roll is actually pretty good and there’s nothing that stands out as hurting the overall sandwich.  The mayo is spread on thick, but nothing too crazy or distracting.  There’s a decent amount of space to cover and the mayo coats it well and gives the sandwich a creamy balance with the spicy chicken patty.  When it comes to the chicken patty, the size and shape and thickness is exactly like the Original.  The spicy breading helps out in one critical area.  It actually masks the flavor issues I had with the Original.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich Burger KingThe flavor issues I had with the Original Chicken Sandwich patty revolve around the salty, processed hub for oil known as the chicken patty.  It was described as premium and came off as just the opposite.  While the Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich patty is a far cry from premium, at least the breading is flavored with cayenne pepper.  The cayenne pepper kicks things into another gear and is coated well enough within the breading to make the flavor of the Original not come through.  So while the chicken patty is still a pressed sponge of oil and salt, at least it doesn’t taste like that’s all there is to it.  The spicy chicken patty really helps hide the flavor issues found in the Original so it gets a slight bonus for that.

Spicy Original Chicken SandwichThe Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich made it on the 2 for $5 list at Burger King and without that I would have shelled out $4.69 for the sandwich alone.  Priced at $4.69 this sandwich is something I cannot recommend whatsoever.  When priced at 2 for $5 along with the Original Chicken Sandwich, the Big King, and the Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich, it’s an easier pill to swallow.  In the end, you’re still getting a pretty average chicken sandwich and doubling up on value menu items is going to be the smarter choice.

Pros: The spicy version of the Original Chicken Sandwich helps mask the flavor issues of the chicken patty.

Cons: Promo priced at 2 for $5, but get the sandwich alone and you'll pay close to 5 bucks.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 4.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: 2 for $5, or $4.69 for the sandwich alone

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: http://www.bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 640
Total Fat- 38 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Carbs - 57 grams
Cholesterol - 55 milligrams
Sodium - 1310 milligrams
Sugar - 7 grams
Protein - 23 grams

26 comments on “Review: Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

  1. Morgan says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Original Chicken sandwich for a long time now. I cannot wait to try the new one!! As for the specific taste of the chicken patty, this tastes like nostalgia to me and I LOVE IT!! Thanks for the review!!

  2. Sherm says:

    I’m with Morgan here. The BK Chicken Sandwich is what a fast food chicken sandwich tastes like to me. I know it’s not an actual piece of chicken but, rather, an amalgamation of ground up chicken (much like the McChicken or Wendy’s value chicken sandwich). I don’t care, though. It’s juicy, it has a deep chicken-y flavor and, when combined with cool, crisp lettuce and creamy mayonnaise, it truly is a thing of beauty (add pickles to make it really sing). That said, when it’s bad, it’s really bad. Luke-warm or even cold, dry patties, limp, lifeless lettuce, and sheisty mayo application can all be the downfall of this regal ‘wich. When it’s good, though, it can’t be beaten (at least in my humble opinion).

    • Sascha says:

      The difference these days is that McDonalds and Wendy’s are selling their versions of this type of “chicken” in value sandwiches, and have upgraded their regular chicken sandwiches. Burger King, too, has upgraded their regular chicken sandwiches, in fact the Tendercrisp beats what McDonald’s can offer by a lot, but are still selling this thing for damn near $5 a pop, and that’s simply ridiculous.

      If BK sold these Originals at a price of around $2, they’d be sellers and a lot more popular.

      • Sherm says:

        True. I don’t think these should be going for a dollar a pop, but I think they fit perfectly within the parameters of BK’s “2 for $5″ sandwich promotion. McD’s and Wendy’s’ version of this type of sandwich is quite a bit smaller and fits well at the one dollar price point.

  3. Rick says:

    I wonder if they still make the original chicken club… I bet this would make it a little more interesting.

  4. Alex K. says:

    $4.69 for just a single sandwich? I. What. This. That. What?

  5. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Worst, most disgusting sandwich ever, making it spicy could only make it more disgusting.

  6. thehottoddy23 says:

    Never been a fan of the Original Chicken, so doubtful that I’d try this one. In the old days, spice was used to mask the fact food had gone rancid. I’m guessing BK might be doing the same here :-)

    In all seriousness, the “three chicken sandwich” review done last year was one of my favorites so it was fun to go back and read it again. The shoe insole reference is definitely a good one (fitting, too!) BK’s quality is certainly a mystery these days!

  7. Richard says:

    Wendy’s spicy Chicken sandwich is the one to eat. PASS over this one for sure.

    A 6.5 rating is too generous for this one.

  8. Mike N. says:

    The 2 for $5 is mix-and-match, right?

  9. rob says:

    I like the original one too, this one looks even better. I order the Whopper with cheese or the chicken sandwich at BK.

    I bet if you ordered onion rings and inserted them into the sandwich it would be awesome.

  10. Ed H says:

    I loved their chicken sandwich in the ’80s, but when I tried it again years later I was disappointed. I have be disappointed over and over again on many menu items. I feel that BK has nothing to offer anymore, it is time for them to go.

  11. rondoman says:

    Huge fan of the original chicken sandwich from BK so this should be worth a try. When you get one fresh and made the right way, they are great.

    Ill get one spicy chicken and one Whopper off their 2 for $5 menu they have going.

  12. Brandi says:

    Does anyone remember the French Chicken Sandwich from BK? I used to love those!!! I wish BK would bring that back…

  13. JF says:

    I am sorry, and not meaning to offend, but i really can’t see how anyone could be a fan of their original chicken sandwich. I had it a few times, then went years without, but I had it about 4 times in the last 10 years and the result was always the same. Tasted horrible, really bad after taste, and totally upset my stomach.

    Yes, it just doesn’t seem to agree with me. If everyone felt that way there is no way they could continue selling it. But it never was any good, and every time I got it, it was when it was real cheap or one of those buy one get one.

    It’s like the McChicken. Pretty bad tasting, when you think about what chicken should taste like. A good deal when you can get a good deal, but it just isn’t that good at all.

    Spicing it up, when they did the parm version, or whatever other variants they did, I really can’t understand how anyone could think this tastes well enough to have again. My issues aside, it never was tasty, and in my opinion never will be. It’s just a sad excuse for a chicken sandwich and nothing more.

  14. Awhile back, I got one of the Original Chicken Sandwiches along with a Whooper for the 2 for $5 deal, and it was one of the worst chicken sandwiches I ever had. Should of got their Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich instead, though it’s nothing like their old fish sandwich, The Whaler, which was really good.

    If I want to chicken sandwich, spicy or otherwise, I’m heading to Wendy’s.

    Also, in my last trip to BK, the Big King replaced the Whopper on their 2 for $5 deal. And the Big King isn’t worth $2.50.

  15. AlexG says:

    I used to like these back as a child in the 80′s when I didn’t know any better. Maybe it was better back then? About a decade ago they had the Spicy Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich. That was a sandwich and would love to have one of those again. The Tendercrisp line beats these Originals by a Country Mile IMO..

  16. Mysterion says:

    Seeing the ad version and then the real version always reminds me of girls with and without makeup.

  17. Tara Jenkins says:

    This sandwich was Not Spicy. At all. I tasted a little pepper but there was no heat whatsoever. Compared to Wendy’s Spicy Chicken where there is that kick, that bite.
    So disappointed as BK is close to work and I hate it, was hoping to like at least one item on their menu.

  18. […] same.    The Big King will also remain a part of the two for $5 offer, which includes the new Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich and the Alaskan Fish […]

  19. Wayne says:

    This should be called the Salty Chicken Sandwich. I was almost unable to eat it from salt overload. And I don’t consider it to be that spicy either.

  20. jrj90620 says:

    Just used a BOGO coupon for the original chicken sandwich.Was surprised when the bill was $4.85 with tax.Sandwich was nothing to rave about.I had to add my own onions and tomatoes to make it edible.Will be avoiding BK,in the future.Love El Pollo Loco and will be trying Wendy’s next.

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