Fast Food Review: Chicken, Egg & Cheese Sandwich on Sunflower Multigrain Bagel from Chick-fil-A
I seldom eat fast food for breakfast. It’s not that I don’t like fast food, but rather that with menus oftentimes consisting of little more than premade biscuits, fatty sausage, and a complete lack of flavors that scream nothing but salt, I just find the prospect of the traditional fast food breakfast to be limited. But restaurants, to their credit, are responding, and once more, there’s a strong movement towards chicken-based products in the morning hours. Not surprisingly, Chick-fil-A has been one of the driving factors behind this industry wide shift. While many are familiar with their Chicken Biscuit and Chick-n-Mini’s, there’s another item on the Chick-Fil-A breakfast menu that doesn’t get much attention – the Chicken, Egg and Cheese on a Sunflower Multigrain Bagel.
A breakfast portion of our famous boneless breast of chicken, served between a slice of American cheese and folded egg of a toasted, sunflower multigrain bagel.
Cheese and egg aren’t anything groundbreaking on breakfast sandwiches, but the addition of chicken and the multigrain bagel make this items unique. It also makes the sandwich sound somewhat ‘healthier,’ although at 480 calories and 20 grams of fat, it’s really a meal unto itself. As always, my purchase was taken by an incredibly friendly Chick-fil-A employee at Chick-fil-A Logan, and delivered to me at my table. Say what you want about taste over service, but the people at Chick-fil-A really do set the chain apart. Anyways, back to the sandwich. My first impressions were not that great. After opening the container, I made a mental question of “that’s all?” in my mind, somewhat taken aback by the relatively small size of the bagel. Basically, don’t think a Panera sized bagel, think Lenders, as in Lenders frozen bagels. I didn’t even see the chicken breast, and was a little put off by the un-melted cheese and plain looking folded egg. With no veggies whatsoever and no sauce, it felt kind of naked, yet I took my first bite and chewed with muted expectations.
Thankfully, it tasted better than it looked. I was expecting something overly salty, but found the bagel to be incredibly chewy, earthy, and somewhat sweet. There were specks of oats and millet that complemented the abundant sunflower seeds. The chicken breast, while tiny, was moist and had the familiar peanut oil taste, which really seemed to benefit from the complex and nutty flavors of the bagel. Overall it was salty, but not unbearably so, and once I put some ketchup on the sandwich, the element of sweetness cut the salt nicely.
These were the positives. The cheese – and especially the egg – were the negatives. Lets start with the egg. As you can see from the picture, it was overly oily. Not in a good way either, as it contained all the flavor of fake butter oil, and none of the richness. There wasn’t much egg flavor either, and the egg tasted under salted. The cheese was unappealing and didn’t have the salty-gooey fake-ness which I prefer on fast food cheese, and adhering oddly to the breast failing to melt even after a few minutes. If anything, the egg and cheese added only to a complicated texture of chewing without adding flavor.
These shortcoming really hurt the sandwich – which I like the concept of, but not necessarily the execution. The bagel is really outstanding as is, while the chicken is on point as usual, but the egg and cheese just add unnecessary calories. Adding a sauce may certainly help, but what this sandwich really needs is to be taken back to the drawing board. I’m not quite sure what the answer is, but part of me thinks it may involve adding some veggies to the sandwich, or perhaps some kind of cream cheese based spread. When all else fails, I’m sure Chick-fil-A’s outstanding bacon could come in handy, but I’ll leave any special orders up to your imagination. In the meantime I’d recommend the bagel or the chicken biscuit, but not the Chicken, Egg and Cheese Sandwich.
Pros: Chicken breast is juicy and flavorful. Sunflower multigrain bagel has plenty of multigrain complexity with a subtle sweetness and nuttiness which cuts the salt of the other ingredients. 29 grams of protein and 20 grams fat make for deceptively filling breakfast despite small size.
Cons: Not a huge sandwich. Small chicken breast. Un-melted cheese lacks flavor. Fake-butter and flavorless egg. Could use a little more toasting. More expensive than chicken biscuit. Not as 'healthy' as it sounds.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00 (Decent)
More Info: ChickfilA.com
Chicken, Egg and Cheese Sandwich on Multigrain Bagel Calories -480
Total Fat – 20 grams
Saturated Fat – 6 grams
Carbs -49 grams
Sodium -1230 milligrams
Cholesterol -240 milligrams
Fiber -3 grams
Sugars -8 grams
Protein – 29 grams