Fast Food Review: Double Down Sandwich from KFC

Once considered to be a hoax menu item, the Double Down from KFC is in fact real.  Featuring chicken where bread usually resides, the Double Down is unique and unusual…but is it tasty?  The Colonel’s original take on the chicken sandwich is a bit gimmicky yet contains ingredients that you should be used to by now.  The day has arrived for the nationwide release of the infamous Double Down Sandwich from KFC.

The Double Down features two boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. So really, what’s so crazy about that?  It’s just like any other sandwich minus the bread.   My love of great sandwiches usually involves some quality bread.  I know we’re talking KFC here and not a stellar sandwich shop.  The Double Down does suffer from being a gimmick menu item, and you might agree if you go out and try one.  It’s really nothing special in the taste department and if you are familiar with the grub at KFC, you’re in for the familiar taste and a funky new package.

11 herbs and spices make the Grilled chicken and Original Recipe both share that typical KFC flavor.  A little too salty for my tastes and when combined with bacon just adds to the sodium-laden sandwich. I liked the departure from a boring/typical cheese choice with the inclusion of a combination of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese.  While the cheese choice was decent, the greasy heaps of chicken just overwhelm the package. Cheese is overkill in this sandwich. Like the familiar KFC chicken taste, the Colonel’s Sauce provides for another punch of what you’re used to.  When you think about how calorie-packed bread can be, it’s not too wild to think that the Double Down’s nutrition info is far off.  I also think you might agree if you see this thing in person.  I was kind of expecting something a little bigger.  The chicken filets are a decent size but nothing absurd.  The paper packaging doesn’t help keep your hands from being completely greased up.  540 calories for the Original Recipe and 460 calories for the Grilled seems about right.  $4.99 for the sandwich alone is definitely not worth shelling out your cash for.

Grilled version. I liked it a little more than the Original Recipe.

In my opinion, KFC is a little desperate for attention with the Double Down. I really think a better sandwich is up the sleeves of the KFC menu designers.  The Double Down might just be the bait that gets people thinking of the Colonel’s House again.  The introduction of grilled chicken last year was a good start, but this new sandwich is looking like it’s searching for an easy headline.  As it stands now, the Double down will indeed get headlines but I’d really be shocked if it sticks around the menu for long.  It would be nice to see KFC get to work on some higher quality chicken wraps and please stop putting the Colonel Sauce on everything.  KFC’s tagline is “So much chicken, there wasn’t room for a bun”.  I was desperately missing the bun.

Pros: Choice of Original Recipe or Grilled. Not as calorie packed as you might think.

Cons: Needs bread and veggies to make it a true complete package. Gimmicky. Typical KFC taste. Greasy/messy. Expensive.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.75/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25 (Mediocre)

More Info: KFC.com
Nutrition Facts:
Double Down
Original Recipe: 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, 1380 mg sodium
Grilled: 460 calories, 23 grams of fat, 1430 mg sodium

33 comments on “Fast Food Review: Double Down Sandwich from KFC

  1. David says:

    Ill still try it I like thats there no low quality fast food bread just the good stuff

  2. Adam says:

    You know, I think this is one of those things you may just need to buy once, try, and chalk up to experience (not to mention brag about.) I agree the price seems high, but I’m still thinking of checking it out just once.

    PS- How funny would it be to ask for some lettuce in there?

  3. Stef says:

    Ry, please tell me you didn’t eat both of these in one sitting. Scary. 🙁

  4. Jenna says:

    Oh my gosh that looks gross. You must run extra miles today to be forgiven for what you’ve done!

    • Crusader says:

      Totally! I’d much rather eat my arugula salad with feta and balsamic vinegar. I feel so morally superior to you Grubbers.

  5. Tom says:

    Dude you got both! I thought you were going to just get one. I respect your abilities my friend.

  6. Yeah, seems a little spendy. Kinda like they are taking a point from the Arby’s playbook re their “roastburger”. trying to capture even a small new share from the sandwich (burger) buyers. I’ll rely on everybody else’s reviews, I won’t be trying.

  7. John says:

    I tried one this afternoon as well. Quite tasty, although not as massive as the commercials and pictures had me expecting. I’ll agree with the bit about it being pricy, but overall one of the tastier visits to KFC I can remember.

  8. Tracy says:

    Kinda scary what they must do to the grilled chicken if it has more sodium than the breaded version. Unfortunately, the sodium in this thing alone is enough to keep me away. I usually don’t eat the rolls on fast food sandwiches because of the empty calories and so this would be something I would consider if the nutrition info weren’t so terrible. Thanks for the review!

  9. Francois says:

    I’m usually a sucker for gimmicky food items, but I might pass on this one.

    By the way, if anybody here is avoiding trans fats, the breaded Double Down has 0.5g.

  10. Carl says:

    Got this for lunch today. I have to agree, this puppy is really salty. While the total sodium is on par with other fast food sandwiches, I think the lack of bread and veggies to counter it makes this taste too salty.

    Price is high, but it is a lot of chicken. Don’t think I would get this again sober. Worth it once for the novelty.

  11. rob says:

    This is actually a very healthy meal, I don’t usually eat at KFC (at least not in the past 37 years), but I will give this a try.

    • rightclue says:

      go fellow ketogenic dieter!

      The grilled version of this (maybe ask for a little less sauce) is the perfect concoction for losing fat.

      Of course sodium is inevitable, otherwise who would buy it to eat?

      If you wanted to use potassium salt and other herbs, then perhaps a homemade recipe is the only way to go…

      otherwise… the double down is perfect for young people who work out

      it’s not very good at all for sedentary older people (not really their fault since they work very long hours and are usually too tired after a long commute to do anything else but eat, sleep, and purge)

  12. Justin says:

    I shared this with my brother. It was seriously disgusting. Yuck. I ate it with a knife and fork.

  13. Jillian says:

    You should watch the video of Kathie Lee Gifford and some other old lady eating this on the Today Show. So ridiculous.

  14. Jessica J. says:

    KFC really, really, really needs to come out with a Tropical/Carribean Chicken Sandwich! It could have a special, new sweet&spicy sauce, a slice of pineapple, and a delicious new bun! Come on KFC, get with it!

  15. Marky says:

    This will last one the KFC menu one month at most.. I betcha!

  16. ChLadner says:

    5 bucks seems high but I’m still very tempted to try it just to get picture of me eating it. Also gotta support creative new items. Is the Colonels sauce really necessary? Seems like it might just be better to keep it a fatty meat and cheese overload “sandwich”.

  17. Ramoan says:

    One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted. Now I want two pieces of meat with no bread on all my sandwiches!!!!

  18. Crusader says:

    This sandwich is surely a sign of the apocalypse.

  19. Henry says:

    i haven’t had kfc in basically years … what is this “colonel’s sauce”? what does it taste like?

  20. Bill says:

    Just tried this. I really wanted to like it, but it was pretty bad. I couldn’t even taste the bacon and cheese. The “Colonel’s Sauce” (which sounds dirty, to me) was unnecessary and overwhelmed the whole thing.

  21. Royal says:

    KFC are test-marketing new chicken wraps called iTwists (I know, terrible name,) and they’re absolutely delicious and part of the value menu, so they’re only a buck each! There’s a spicy one in a red wrap, and a sweet and sour one in a yellow wrap, and they’re generous with the sauce. Much better than anywhere else’s snack wraps.

  22. Beefcake says:

    I WOULD KILL FOR A DOUBLE DOWN SANDWITCH!

  23. SW says:

    I tried one of these a coupe of weeks ago and, although it was pretty darn tasty, I couldn’t believe how sick it made me feel halfway in. My heart started racing and I actually felt weak. I don’t have a weak stomach or constitution by any means. I’m sure it was the salt. That’s not to say it wasn’t tasty. It’s just not something I’d ever get again. Once is more than enough.

  24. So jealous, I so am dying to try this, but yet again, it’s another product KFC Canada is never going to carry. Oh well, we have the chicken fries still and the US outlets don’t, so I guess we luck out there.

  25. Jay says:

    Hands down the best fast food item out there. In the photos you seem to be missing a lot of crunch and breading, which really makes the sandwich.