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.
Burger 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.
Starting 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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
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