Fast Food Review: Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich from Burger King
All this talk about Chick-fil-A’s new Spicy Chicken Sandwich has seriously launched me into a fried chicken feeding frenzy. But for as good as I think Chick-fil-A’s new sandwich is, my fast food dining options are often limited to the dollar menu. Needless to say, Chick-fil-A remains an only “some of the time” treat for me. So, looking to get my spicy chicken fix for an insanely low price, I checked out my local Burger King to sample the Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich.
A crispy chicken filet topped with garden-fresh iceberg lettuce and creamy mayo, all sandwiched in a fresh sesame seed bun. It’s got just the right amount of spicy kick.
I had actually never gotten the Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich at BK before last Tuesday, but I have always had a soft spot for their crown shape chicken tenders. To be perfectly honest, I had been planning on grabbing a Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Filet sandwich that morning, but when I saw that the Wendy’s sandwich was an awkwardly priced $4.19, I figured I might as well walk across the street and play the “build a dollar menu meal” game at BK.
Most fast food places have some version of a cheaply breaded chicken sandwich on their menu, and most usually consist of a small 2 oz. or so piece of mechanically separated white meat chicken, lettuce and mayo. BK’s version is no exception, but stands out on its own because of its “spicy” flavor profile. Like its fellow value menu pal the Whopper Jr., the Spicy Chick’n to bun ratio is in favor of the bun. Fortunately, my sesame seed bun was fresh and soft and even displayed a nice toasted crust, while the sesame seeds added a slight nuttiness to the sandwich. I opted out of the mayo (which BK tends to overdo) and instead went with pickles and onions in addition to the lettuce, which was somewhat limp and over-applied on the sandwich. Lost somewhere beneath all this was the chicken filet itself. Displaying a reddish-orange hue with specks of black pepper and onion, the filet itself is exceptionally small in terms of its width and diameter. That being said, it has a good flavor, with strong notes of paprika, garlic and onion to go along with a slight kick from a slightly sweet chili pepper flavor.
The Spicy Chick’n Crisp isn’t overly spicy or hot, and most grubbers probably won’t find a drink necessary, but it does have a slight kick and pepper flavor. It is quite salty, but the salt doesn’t overwhelm the sandwich thanks to the garlic notes. And while the filet itself is small, it has a moderately crispy breading that yields to a moist, white meat interior. OK, so it’s a mechanically separated white meat interior, but the chicken itself isn’t overly greasy either, while the breading doesn’t reveal any burnt oil marks or funky odor that you sometimes find on cheap fried chicken filets.
Cheap chicken sandwiches aren’t the sexiest thing on fast food menus, and Burger King’s Spicy Chick’n Crisp isn’t going to confuse anyone with Chick-fil-A’s whole filet Spicy Chicken Sandwich, but as a dollar menu item you really are hard pressed to find a better deal if you’re looking for a fast food chicken sandwich with some flavor. While I know my fellow reviewers from Brand Eating and Would I Buy it Again? had other thoughts, my suggestion is to give the Spicy Chick’n Crisp a chance if you’re ever at BK and have an extra dollar to kill.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00 (Very Good)
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Burger King Spicy Chick'n Crisp Sandwich (with mayo)
Note: This sandwich has only 300 calories and 12 g of fat without mayo.
Calories from Fat: 270
Total Fat: 30 g
Sat Fat: 5 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 810 mg
Total Carbs: 34 g
Sugars: 4 g
Protein: 12 g