Fast Food Review: Chicken Flatbread Sandwich from Taco Bell

Oh Taco Bell, how you tease me so.  I’ve been hoping one day you’d make an attempt at a legit Mexican sandwich aka torta.  Instead you go the route of every other quick-serve chain and introduce a “new” product with a flatbread.  I guess I’ll stick to Baja Fresh if I’m in search of a taste of torta.  New from Taco Bell, the Chicken Flatbread Sandwich.

The Taco Bell Chicken Flatbread Sandwich is described like so:

Warm, square-cut flatbread, filled with marinated all-white-meat chicken, and a melty three-cheese blend of cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella topped off with flavorful chipotle sauce and melted to perfection to seal in the flavor.

This new item from Taco Bell was released a couple weeks ago and I had it for lunch that very day.  I was pretty bored with the Chicken Flatbread Sandwich and figured why review it?  Well enough time has passed and I’m thinking… “Hey, it’s only 99 cents”… so I’m sure there’s interest out there.  Taco Bell does a good job at promo pricing new products, but once they’re not so new anymore, it magically takes on a higher price.  Then you’re left scratching your head as to why pay $3 for anything when there’s like 10 items available for less than a buck? Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is this… at 99 cents, why not?  It’s hard to argue with 99 cents.  If this weren’t promo priced, I’d be singing a different tune.

The Chicken Flatbread Sandwich is just as advertised.  You’ve got the marinated chicken, blend of cheese and some sauce, sandwiched between a flatbread. The chipotle sauce has a decent kick to it, but you can easily poor in some extra sauces and create your own blend. I’m thinking the new Taco Bell sauces coming next month would serve this well.  Not much to write home about with the chicken… same old, same old.  The standard gooey mix of cheeses holds the package together nicely.  The flatbread was warm, soft, not too chewy, but a tad dry.  The entire sandwich isn’t much bigger than your standard soft taco, but it would’ve been a better complete meal with something extra.  Maybe refried beans?  Maybe bacon?  In that case, say goodbye to 99 cents.

If only Taco Bell would think a tad more “outside the bun” and introduce something else besides the same 4 or 5 ingredients dressed up in different ways. How about something with black beans?  How about the aforementioned torta?  Something new springs up monthly at Taco Bell, but we’re never all that blown away anymore.  The Chicken Flatbread Sandwich is a boring, yet decent item that is an easy purchase at only 99 cents.  I just don’t know how much interest there is outside of the value.

Pros: Only 99 cents. Just 290 calories. Easy on-the-go grub. Tastes decent.

Cons: Same old song and dance. Doesn't stand alone... still hungry. Doesn't seem to be in the same league as the McDonald's Flatbreads.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 9.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.25/10
Price: .99 cents

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info: TacoBell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Chicken Flatbread Sandwich
Calories - 290
Fat - 15 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 720 milligrams
Carbs - 23 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 15 grams

10 comments on “Fast Food Review: Chicken Flatbread Sandwich from Taco Bell

  1. Man I love the chicken flatbread. I get one standard and then I get one with a substitute of quesadilla sauce and then a $.99 chicken burrito. For $3.15 I’ve had three items, am reasonably full and all are chicken with 3 different sauces. Good stuff to me!

  2. Natalie says:

    I got this and thought the sauce/chicken/cheese tasted exactly like the inside of a chicken quesadilla..I assumed it was the same sauce. I didn’t really like the taste of the flatbread, I doubt I’ll ever order it again.

    For the record, it was $1.39 in Anchorage.

  3. Shana says:

    Sooo excited for the new sauces next month !

  4. J.B. says:

    I am sorry, even at 99 cents this thing is a pile of crap.
    Taco Bell towards total failure.

  5. Jessica Leigh says:

    I thought this was okay, but I felt it needed something extra. It was a bit soggy, and I think it needs something sort of crunchy. It would be good with the cilantro/onion mix that goes on the new tacos.

  6. This looks just like a chicken quesadilla on flatbread instead of a tortilla. I think with Taco Bell, the “melty three-cheese blend of cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella” is the same cheese they use in their burritos, quesadillas, nachos and everything else requiring melted cheese. Don’t get me wrong, a 99-cent flatbread sandwich is great, but I think I’ll pay a little extra for something a bit more appealing, like a chalupa or crunchwrap.

  7. Db says:

    Love it. When it’s fresh and warm the flatbread is amazing. I usually get it more as a side to a burrito or some tacos. Very complimentary.

  8. JPD says:

    On the bright side, the combo is only $4.32 or something with two tacos and a large drink.

    I actually wait for my sandwiches to cool a little before eating them because of the sogginess issue. And agreed, another ingredient makes ALL the difference. I put onions, red strips and tomatoes on my own flatbreads when I’m at work and they’re actually pretty good.

  9. Chris says:

    I got this over the weekend and I wish I took a picture of it.

    First off, the Taco Bell here (and perhaps in other locations) got rid of most of their value menu. The “meal deals” are still around, and are good for a cheap lunch.

    Second, I tried this chicken flatbread “sandwich”. There wasn’t any cheese on mine, and there was barely any chicken on it. I’m talking like three very tiny pieces (none bigger than an inch). I’ve gotten their chicken soft tacos a million times, and even those had plenty of more meat in them.

    So, it felt like I was eating a flatbread with some of their chipotle sauce. Certainly didn’t feel like I got my money’s worth, even for a dollar.

    Not to gripe about wasting an insignificant amount of pocket change, but it was nothing similar to what was advertised. (then again, when is it ever?)

  10. Aaron Hanks says:

    i love this thing
    its cheap and tasty and for all the people cryin bout it
    MAKE YOUR OWN and we will judge it