Fast Food Review: 99cent Crispy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s
A fast food restaurant’s value menu is a good opportunity to sample a few things at once. Never quite the center of attention, value menu items are normally mixed and matched because you can essentially build a $3 or $4 meal with a few choices. Recently I had to match my Wendy’s Double Stack burger with a true value menu item at Wendy’s, the 99¢ Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
As I mentioned in my review of the Double Stack, I have no luck actually finding a Wendy’s restaurant that actually sells the burger for less than $1.49. Don’t get me wrong, it still tastes good, but each bite was a reminder of how obvious corners are being cut at Wendy’s and how inconsistent I have found their menu prices to be. I see Double Stack ads showing it as 99¢, but I never find it for that price…and I’ve mentioned this before, the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger has shrunk enough to be laughable (screw you 3conomics). The Crispy Chicken Sandwich on the other hand is a reliable and true 99¢ item, and its worth every penny. From the Wendy’s website menu, the sandwich is a tender, breaded chicken patty topped with crisp lettuce and creamy mayo done Wendy’s way-fresh and delicious.
I’m a big fan of the overall freshness of Wendy’s foods. Yeah, this is only one persons opinion but in my experience, I’ve never had issues with freshness. While the prices may not be consistent, the familiar taste is. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich has a decent sized (for the 99¢ price tag) chicken patty that is indeed tender and doesn’t have an overwhelming breading. Sometimes, smaller chicken patties have a tendency to be dried out, but this one was just fine. To help out the overall package, the standard lettuce and mayo are included. I love that the lettuce looks like it was just plucked from lettuce head. Always crisp, cool and odd-shaped spilling out of the sandwich. It’s a great change from, ahem…BK’s consistently limp, sad lettuce. The lettuce at Wendy’s never gets lost and actually compliments every burger or chicken sandwich I’ve had. Another thing that is consistently pretty good at Wendy’s is the fresh soft buns they use. Almost like potato rolls.
Overall, the Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich should be a consistent grubbing option on the Wendy’s value menu. It doesn’t wow you with anything, but it doesn’t really need it. It’s simple and tasty and the only thing missing is a 99¢ spicy version to rival Burger King’s Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich.
Pros: Yes it's really 99¢. Simple. Fresh lettuce. Tasty. Consistent.
Cons: No spicy value menu version.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: Wendys.com
Calories - 360
Total Fat - 18 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Carbs - 36 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 710 milligrams
Sugars - 4 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 15 grams