Fast Food Review: Doublicious Chicken Sandwich from KFC
First off let me thank Adam for cranking out all the reviews in the last 30+ days. My last review was on June 3rd and I am completely aware of my slacking. Nothing has really grabbed my attention enough to want to head out to my local fast food drive-thru in the past month. Finally KFC has come along to get me back into the swing of things. This time around, it’s not a cringe-worthy bread-less sandwich like the Double Down. It’s the nationwide debut of the Doublicious Chicken Sandwich from KFC… and I just finished devouring one of my very own.
People are calling the Doublicious, the “next Double Down”. Just because “Double” is part of the description doesn’t mean you should link the two together. The “Double” in the Double Down came from the two slices of cheese, two strips of bacon and the two chicken filets. The Doublicious doesn’t have too much “double” going around and rundown goes like this… Original Recipe fillet, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon and Colonel’s Sauce in a Hawaiian bun. A Grilled version is also available and includes Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce and honey mustard barbecue sauce. My Original Recipe Doublicious had one slice of Monterey Jack cheese that didn’t have an impact except for visually. The bacon was decent and crisp but didn’t stand out too much other than the fact that it adds an extra kick of salty. While it does share the same ingredients, the Doublicious is just so much better than the Double Down because of one specific addition, bread. Funny idea to have bread in a sandwich right? I love sandwiches and bread is a crucial ingredient. The Double Down was just a gimmick to me and I wasn’t a fan. The Doublicious goes back to basics as a typical chicken sandwich and mixes things up with a bread that we’re not used to seeing in the fast food world… sweet Hawaiian bread.
Hawaiian bread is lighter and sweeter than your standard bread. When you get a chance to mix so many salty ingredients with a nice balance of sweet, you’re doing the right thing. The bread isn’t candy-sweet but sweet enough that you can taste it doing it’s job. Thankfully the bun wasn’t undersized; it was soft, yet sturdy which provided a good fit to the sandwich. Oh and the bread had grill marks but didn’t have an impact. The combination of Hawaiian bread and fried chicken, bacon and cheese works. I was a little thrown off by the “Colonel’s Sauce”, which I’ve never been too fond of. It’s hard to describe the sauce but I’ll put it this way… if the sauce can potentially taste OK with non-KFC food items, it has some redeeming value. It’s very mayo-ey and I know that’s not a word but you know what I’m saying. So longtime reader Raiders757, if you don’t already know, you’d hate this sauce… time for Texas Pete right? When the sauce just “tastes like KFC”, it’s coming up short. Anyone know a good way to describe this stuff? Curious to what’s in Colonel’s Sauce?
Soybean Oil, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Chicken Broth, Garlic Powder, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Potassium Sorbate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat, Dehydrated Chicken and Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten.
Contains Egg, Wheat and Soy.
I‘d be cool with KFC just using a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce or something more traditional. Colonel’s Sauce just tastes weird and frankly, sounds weird. Hey KFC! Can you tell the Colonel that I don’t want his sauce on my chicken sandwich? Thanks!
While the sauce isn’t a hit, the rest of the Doublicious pretty much works. I’ve always been a bigger fan of Popeye’s or Roy Rogers chicken over KFC so I’d love to take out the KFC chicken and sauce and make the switch. All in all though, KFC’s special weapon, the “Hawaiian roll”, is what separates this sandwich from all other chicken sandwiches out there. At a price of $3.69 it’s a little steep, but still worth trying. Hawaiian bread could be the up and coming trend in fast food. Sliders? Wraps? Bowls? Southern-Style? All that is soooo 2009. Maybe it’s time to buy stock in Pros: Soft, sweet Hawaiian bread. Well constructed, nice packaging, not sloppy. Cons: Colonel's Sauce isn't my thing. Not much impact with the cheese. Smaller than I had expected... so a tad pricey at $3.69. Taste: 7.50/10 More Info: KFC.com
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: 3.69, $5.00 as a combo
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25 (Decent)
Doublicious (Original Recipe)
Serving Size - 187 grams
Calories - 470
Total Fat - 23 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 80 milligrams
Sodium - 980 milligrams
Carbs - 34 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 33 grams
Pros: Soft, sweet Hawaiian bread. Well constructed, nice packaging, not sloppy.
Cons: Colonel's Sauce isn't my thing. Not much impact with the cheese. Smaller than I had expected... so a tad pricey at $3.69.
More Info: KFC.com