Fast Food Review: McChicken Sandwich from McDonald’s
Fast food places are constantly trying out new items to try to beat out their competitor. Here at GrubGrade, we try to bring you those new items, but we also want to remember some of the classics. McDonald’s is no exception to this as they’ve added four chicken sandwiches through the years to add to the original, the $1.00 McChicken Sandwich.
The McChicken is described by McDonald’s as:
Golden, crispy chicken with lettuce, mayonnaise dressing on a toasted bun.
I have to admit, that is has been years since I have had a McChicken sandwich. I would rather choose one of the grilled chicken sandwiches, like the Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, rather than one that is breaded. It’s sometimes tough to pass up a chicken sandwich for just a dollar so I had to revisit this Dollar Menu staple. I was expecting the same bland tasting sandwich of the past. That was not to be. It appears that the sandwich was introduced in 1980, but didn’t quite hit home so they replaced it with the Chicken McNuggets. When they decided to re-introduce the sandwich, they decided to add a little bite to it. So, not knowing this bit of information, I was in for quite a surprise as I bit into this sandwich. One word description: Pepper. I had to make sure my drink was handy the entire time I was eating this sandwich. Anyone else get this sort of result?
The good news is that this sandwich, as I mentioned before, is on the Dollar Menu. And it is worth every penny of that dollar. It’s pretty tough to be super critical of a sandwich for a dollar. The McChicken comes on your typical McDonald’s bun, thankfully fresh and soft but not really toasted as described by McD’s. The chicken patty is all white meat, but is a little on the dry side. McD’s adds some shredded lettuce, which is a little wilted, and mayonnaise which helps with the dryness of the chicken. As with most McDonald’s menu items with mayo, they usually pour it on too thick…ask them to go light on it. The McChicken is not only easy on your budget, it’s also not too horrible on nutrition. With only 360 cal and 16 grams of fat, it can be classified as one of the healthier options.
If you are hungry, and on a tight budget you can get an entire meal for $3.00 plus tax. Grab yourself a McChicken, small fry and large sweet tea-they are all on the Dollar Menu. Just don’t go expecting anything exceptional. I trust you readers enough to understand where this type of item sits with me. It’s a passable, quick option for some spare change. Taste-wise it’s almost average but sits in the land of mediocrity. Definitely worth the occasional dollar splurge.
Pros: Decent sized chicken patty. Fresh Bun. Great value for a dollar.
Cons: Too peppery for my tastebuds. Lettuce could’ve been fresher. Chicken patty a little dry. Overly doused in mayo.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 360
Total Fat - 16 grams
Saturated Fat - 3 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 830 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 14 grams