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.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00 (Very Good)

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Burger King Spicy Chick'n Crisp Sandwich (with mayo)
Note: This sandwich has only 300 calories and 12 g of fat without mayo.
Calories: 450
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

21 comments on “Fast Food Review: Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich from Burger King

  1. Man I wish we had a dollar menu, here this sandwich is 2.29+ taxes, unless its Thursday, then it’s $1.99, we have daily $1.99 King Deals for the Sandwich or 4.29+ taxes for the combo

  2. Being a lover of all things spicy, I’ve tried the following spicy chicken sandwiches.

    1) Chik-fila
    2) Burger King
    3) Wendy’s
    4) Bojangles
    5) Hardees

    Hands down the chik-fila is the best sandwich but when I’m running low on coin, I’ll grab a couple of the Hardees that come equipped with mayo, lettuce, and a surprising amount of heat (which is what makes it a much better option then the BK sandwich).

    Hardees also offers that same spicy chicken fritter on a morning biscuit..very nice! If you don’t see it on the menu just ask and they will make you one for only $1

    larry

  3. Adam says:

    @ Jason-Wayne,

    Are you sure it’s the Spicy? BK has two other fried chicken sandwiches — the Cirspy and the Original. I thought the Spicy Chicken was a value item nation-wide.

  4. Michael says:

    I had that before, the meat was red though and kind of oily(maybe it wasn’t cook enough?), which wasn’t that good because the oil soak into the bun, also, the one I had wasn’t crispy at all. But the one in your picture looks good…

  5. @ Adam

    No its the spicy one, Im from Ontario Canada, everything here is way overpriced, we have a crazy high cost of living, the regular crispy chicken sandwich is around $5+ sandwich alone

  6. john says:

    I either go with the orginal chicken sandwich from BK or when in a money pinch I get one mcdouble at mcdonalds and one chicken sandwich

  7. Nalini says:

    Ive had the spicy chicken sandwich from BK and I wasnt happy with it the lettuce wasnt fresh and there was little to no mayo on it, I prefer Wendys spicy chicken sandwich. I haven’t tried Chik-fila I dont even know if theres any in NY

  8. IBeAnonymous says:

    I always get the Spicy Chicken Crisp when I go to BK. But I have to recommend that you get it with mayo! They usually don’t put enough mayo on the dollar menu items, so I don’t think you would have a problem. I normally hate mayo, but on breaded chicken sandwiches, I allow it, and it really adds to the experience when you eat it on a spicy chicken sandwich. It makes it spicy yet smooth at the same time!

  9. wibia says:

    Thanks for the link. Your’s looks better than the one that I had. I wish that Hardee’s offered a spicy chicken sandwich!

  10. Nick t says:

    Your BK/Wendy’s dilemma is one with which I have some experience. Even though the sandwich costs $4+ by itself, that Wendy’s spicy chicken breast is something special. I’d recommend buying both, biting into each one and comparing the quality of the chicken. Wendy’s is unparalleled. I am not a company rep for Wendy’s co. — Quality Is Our Recipe. No seriously, I’m not.

  11. Keith says:

    I have to say, these chicken sandwich reviews are getting boring. They all seem the same. I get that you love chicken sandwiches, but that’s not what grub grading is all about… it’s about trying the new, interesting and unique items out there so we can read about them. Or at least mixing it up a little more.

    So I’m disappointed it you didn’t review the BK Ribs. I know they’re a little pricey and I know they’ll probably be gross – but you won’t know – and neither will we – until you give them a try. THAT’s the type of GrubGrade I want to read about. Not yet another chicken sandwich or chicken finger.

  12. Jessica J says:

    This sandwich is okay, but I do like Hardee’s cheap chicken sandwich better. Wendy’s has the best one (and keep in mind, I haven’t tried Chick-fila’s new one b/c I’m sure it is better) b/c of the spice level.

  13. David says:

    GrubGrade,

    Yall should really try and find a “Raising Canes” restaraunt in your area. I know yall rave about CFA all the time…but I promise you that Canes is bar-none the BEST chicken fingers you will ever grace your taste buds upon.

    Check it out if you can.

  14. After reading your post I think I am going to give one a try this weekend. I agree with you about Chic Fil A, they are good but a lil pricey.

  15. chloe says:

    I love the BK spicy chicken crisp sandwhich. Does anyone know what ingredients are in the chicken coating? Sure would like to know!

  16. Nikki says:

    These things are the bomb! I usually eat three of them for lunch when I visit BK. Much cheaper and a lot more feeling than a standard chicken sandwich value meal alone.

  17. HolyFruits says:

    I think BK may have stopped selling this sandwich. I was at my
    BK the other day, and a noticed that the value chicken sandwich is simply listed as “Chick N’ Crisp”.

  18. hmm says:

    Yeah the spicy chikcken sandwich I got just the other day looks nothing like this. It also had the smallest piece of chicken I have even seen in my life on it. It was about the thickness of 3 quarters and half of it was reddish bredding. Whatever it was I wont be buying another