Fast Food Review: Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich from Burger King
Late last year, Burger King came out with the Angry Whopper. As everyone probably knows, it was a spicier Whopper with a few extra ingredients added in. It was only a matter of time before “Angry” was put in front of a chicken sandwich. So here it is, the Burger King Angry Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich.
The “Angry” brand takeover of the Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich is a bold step for Burger King and they describe the fiery sandwich like this:
Tender, premium breaded white meat chicken filet topped with sizzling bacon, Pepper Jack cheese, deliciously spicy jalapenos, angry onions and our signature angry sauce. It’s a TENDERCRISP® with a kick.
Just to recap, they list six ingredients, but they leave out the mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bun. So if you’re counting the bun, there is ten ingredients in this sandwich! There is quite a bit to like about the sandwich, but there is also quite a bit that wasn’t so great. Let’s go into more detail as to what worked and what didn’t.
What worked: Chicken was great! It was nice and crispy, and wasn’t dry. With so much going on with this sandwich I was pleased that I could also taste the chicken. Although there was quite a bit of mayo on the sandwich, the mixture of mayo and Angry sauce made an interesting combination, one that I would enjoy having again. The tomatoes were quite fresh tasting, and the crispy onions were flavorful and a great crunchy addition to the sandwich.
What didn’t work: Where’s the heat? This sandwich is supposed to be on fire! I am one who can tolerate quite a bit of heat, but come on… this sandwich barely registered any heat at all. This thing needs a bit more anger to it. We’ve discussed several times before about Burger King bacon lacking flavor so I had to point this out…I did not notice the bacon until I actually looked at the sandwich! The pepper jack cheese flavor was lacking as well. While the tomatoes tasted great, there were too many. Two slices fell out of the sandwich. Perhaps one large slice would be better. This sandwich is very messy, from mayo oozing out to tomatoes falling out… get your napkins ready.
It’s a tough call on the GrubGrade score because the sandwich is supposed to have heat, but lacks any. However, there were ingredients that went well together (mayo, angry sauce, chicken, crispy onions). I’d hate to give it an ‘average’ or below because I did enjoy some of the flavors. I’d say try this one over the Angry Whopper for the simple fact that the main ingredient in the Tendercrisp is much more flavorful and noticeable compared to the burger. Make fun of me all you want, but this was the first sandwich in a long time where I didn’t know if I would be able to finish it. There are so many ingredients and flavors, and sadly some of them do fail to make an impact. Overall, Burger King has an decent sandwich here, but it’s not for those with smaller stomachs or people really looking for a ton of heat.
Pros: Tasty, crisp chicken. Nice flavor to the Angry sauce and mayo mixed. Fresh tomatoes. Crispy onions. Huge sandwich.
Cons: Underwhelming heat. Subpar BK Bacon. Cheese lacked flavor. Messy. Some ingredients get lost. 1030 calories and 61 grams of fat.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $4.89 for sandwich, $6.89 for combo
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Calories - 1030
Fat - 61 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Sodium - 2670 milligrams
Carbs - 82 grams
Cholesterol - 105 milligrams
Sugar - 15 grams
Protein - 40 grams