Fast Food Review: The Cluck Double from Burger King
The Cluck Double does not exist.
At least not officially, and at least not outside of Burger King # 11011.
But thanks to a dream concocted in my crazy brain, a firm desire to always play with my food, and the help of an awkward looking, pimply faced teenage cashier by the name of Rob, the Cluck Double became a reality as of 1:00 PM on June 16th. Having it my way is oh so sweet.
If you’ve ever read my reviews you know a couple of things about me. Aside from being a poor college student who lives off of value meals, I also have a very strong affinity for fried chicken products and a natural desire to try new things and push the boundaries of “normal” in my eating quests. Out of these factors, coupled with Burger King’s awesome policy of letting me have it my way, was born the conception of the single greatest $2.00 chicken sandwich ever; The Cluck Double.
That’s right. A slice of good ‘ol American cheese sandwiched between two Burger King Spicy Chik’n Crisp filets. sans mayo, plenty of iceberg lettuce, a dollop of mustard and ketchup, all tucked inside a soft and chewy sesame seed bun. To be sure, it was perfect.
Like my Chick’n Crisp filet of a week ago, the two pieces of chicken I had on this sandwich were moist and tender, with a light breading that had just enough kick of heat to not overshadow the strong flavor of black pepper, garlic and onion. With the benefit of ketchup and mustard the sandwich got not only a boost of sweetness but also acidity and even a little tartness. The cheese came not fully melted — a serious bummer for me. But after a minute or two the cheese partially melted just a to lend a bit of creaminess and mild coolness without making the chicken or the bun soggy. The lettuce had a nice cooling effect with a mild level of crunch for textural contrast, while the sesame seed bun was fresh and moist. I like how the chicken filets weren’t overly oily or too crispy, and felt that the normal deficiency of the Chick’n Crisp (that being the thinness of the filet) was compensated with the addition of the extra filet and placement of the cheese. Like all Burger King chicken I’ve had before, I didn’t find any off tastes or sliminess associated with the meat — just juicy white meat. The only real downside to this sandwich was the level of salt. It is extremely salty to be sure, although the flavor isn’t dominated by the singular taste of salt (it’s more of a overly salty paprika and chili pepper rub flavor). Still, after shoving this entire thing down my face I found myself with a splitting headache, and even manged to bump into several cars on the way out of the restaurant.
The two additions only cost a buck more than the Spicy Chick’n Crisp (20 cents for the cheese and 80 cents for the extra chicken filet), but I can’t guarantee your local BK will recreate my dream sandwich for you. When I first tried to order it the cashier (my man Rob) had to ask the shift manager, who seemed to think about it before shaking his head “no.” But a few minutes later, as I was about to order a Kid’s meal, the manager came over and told Rob that the Cluck Double could in fact become a reality. Perhaps because of the relatively quiet nature of this particular location during the time I visited, the BK team was able to assemble my Cluck Double to specifications, even managing to get my order complete with no mayo and the addition of ketchup and mustard. And they say fast food service is no good…
Quite simply, the Cluck Double overcomes the flaws of the Spicy Chick’n Crisp at only a minimal extra charge to the buyer. It has great flavor and exceptional texture, and although the nutrition sucks, it’s a a meal in and of itself. So the next time your at your local BK and have a hankering for something different, try out the Cluck Double. It may not actually exist, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have it your way.
Pros: elicious blend of peppery and spicy chicken filets and cool American cheese. Sweetness of ketchup and crisp lettuce works well to balance salt and spice of chicken and cheese. Creaminess of partially melted cheese without making bun or meat soggy. Soft, fresh bun makes you feel healthy. Amazing value at only 2 bucks.
Cons: Cheese could have been melted more. Chicken filets a bit small. A butt load of sodium. Quizzical looks from BK employees. Realization that this is not an actual menu item. Also the realization that my sister goes through about nine ketchup packets per small fry.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00 (Exceptional)
More Info: BurgerKing.com
The Cluck Double
Total Fat: 26 g
Sat Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 1500 mg
Total Carbs: 48 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 23 g