Fast Food Review: The Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich from McDonald’s

Let’s pay a visit to the industry giant McDonald’s and see what tasty, relatively healthy choices we can find. Excessive consumption of bad fast food can put you in an early grave but there are usually healthier choices available on the menu.  I could live off fast food and stay healthy just as long as I make good decisions (the anti Super Size Me approach).  Most every fast food menu contains a few “better for you” options worth giving a shot.  Recently, I’ve been going with the Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich from McDonald’s.  

Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald's (box)

A step above the famous McChicken sandwich, in 2006 McDonalds came out with a line of “Premium Chicken Sandwiches”.  The sandwiches were marketed to target females and the health conscious.  The line includes the “Classic”, the “Club and the “Ranch BLT”.  You can order the sandwich either grilled or crispy.  I chose the “Premium Grilled Chicken Club”.  I have had this sandwich several times at McDonald’s and it is becoming one of my favorites.  McDonald’s describes the sandwich as having a grilled chicken breast fillet, tomato slice, bacon, natural swiss cheese, mayonnaise and leaf lettuce on a honey wheat roll.  

Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald's

The sandwich comes in a rectangular carton.  Upon opening the carton, I noticed that the bun is oval and larger than your average bun.  The first time I had this sandwich, I remember thinking that I didn’t really like the new bun and it was a little on the dry side.  I don’t know if they have changed the bun since then or if it has just grown on me, but I like it now.  I have had this sandwich a couple of times in the past week and on an earlier visit, my first impression was that the bun seemed to swallow up the grilled chicken breast.  As I ate the sandwich, however, the chicken breast slid down and by the time I finished, I had chicken left and no bun.  The chicken breast was moist and flavorful but seemed a little small for the bun.  The chicken breast on the next visit (shown in the pics) was a little bigger.  As you can tell I haven’t experienced a great amount of consistency just yet.  The bun was slightly toasted and just a tad dry.  Swiss cheese doesn’t have a lot of flavor, so it didn’t stand out too much.  The lettuce wasn’t very fresh and had some brown spots.  Honestly, I ended up taking off most of the lettuce because of this.  The sliced tomato was fresh and complimented the sandwich better than I expected.  There were 4 strips of hickory smoked bacon that were crisped just the way I like.  The mayo on the sandwich was poorly distributed.  I had to do a little work to spread it out and I even took off some.  I recommend asking to hold the mayo and then add your own.

Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald's (patty)

Here’s a little side by side information of the nutrition stats for two grilled chicken club sandwiches.  The McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Club clocks in at 8.8oz (250g) serving with 530 calories and 17 grams of fat.  Compare that to the Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Club which at 250g, has 280 calories and 12 grams of fat.  However, when you consider some other choices at McDonald’s, this sandwich is among the healthier alternatives.

Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald's (split close)

Like I said before, this sandwich has become a regular order for me if I happen to stop at a McDonald’s.  On first my first try, things were a little shaky, but I’ve been having better luck with it as of late.  Go ahead and plunk down a couple bucks for a Double Cheeseburger and a McChicken sandwich, but stepping it up to “Premium” line of chicken sandwiches might please your ticker just a tad more.

Premium Grilled Chicken Club Collage

Pros: Chicken was moist and flavorful. Bacon was crisped the way I like it. Tomato complimented the meal. I'm a repeat buyer. One of McD's healthier alternatives.

Cons: Bun too big for the size of the chicken. Too much mayo. Lettuce could've been fresher. Pricey at $4.29 for the sandwich alone. Swiss does little to add to the sandwich. Bread a tad too dry. Inconsistent but trending upward.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $4.29

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 530
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 90 milligrams
Sodium - 1470 milligrams
Carbs - 52 grams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 12 grams
Protein - 40 grams

10 comments on “Fast Food Review: The Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich from McDonald’s

  1. Adam says:

    Nice review. I’ve always enjoyed this sandwich, although I think Chick-fil-A’s is much better overall. The price also gets me, especially with my local Micky D’s parked right next to a Subway. I like healthy, but I do like quantity as well, so Subway usually wins out. I’ve never had Burger King’s grilled chicken sandwich though, nor any other FF places. Anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Wow! That’s ex…..pen…..sive! I actually hate when there is too much bun.

    The one thing I find amazing is how similar a menu item can be from a McDonald’s in New Jersey as to one in Arizona…or wherever. They’re pretty good at that. I know they’re going to vary slightly but for the most part they’re usually close. It would be interesting to see a few comparisons of different McDonald’s on the same item. I wonder what the most different result has been….does anyone have a story of ordering the same thing in separate regions and getting completely different sangwiches?

  3. Chaz says:

    Why are the healthier items the most expensive? I’d like to see a value menu with grilled chicken instead of the glut of burgers/nuggets/fried chicken.

  4. DJ Dedd says:

    I like the bacon ranch better. McDonalds food is 100% identical from location to location, even in different countries. Menu items might vary, but if you order a Big Mac it’s the same as what you get at home. Overall I pretty much despise McDs but they’re the only fast food place open 24 hours near me.

  5. Jon says:

    actually mcdonald’s in canada is quite different from mcdonald’s in the good ol’ u.s. of a. i was up there a couple years ago and they had mini sub sandwiches on the menu, i also got into a debate with a Canuck about whether our McChicken tasted better than theirs…i tried one, it was an entirely different flavor.

    and of course, in France, its called a Royale with Cheese

  6. I tried it once and didn’t like it. Good review and I would echo everything that you said here.

  7. JohnHoy says:

    Nice review. Being an employee at McDonalds i would definitely suggest subbing for the shred lettuce instead of the leaf lettuce. It tastes so much better.

  8. Lilly Rolland says:

    This sandwich is wonderful! It is truly a premium sandwich that is absolutely delicious. For the money, it’s really great. Yet, it’s not a very healthy choice. With no sauce or cheese, it’s not too bad. Taste wise, A+.

  9. David says:

    Great review–I like this sandwich a lot, but agree with just about everything you had to say. I also find that it’s a hit or miss with both McDonald’s and Burger King around here…one day I will get a fresh hot meal, the next day my food seems stale and cold. Though, I find McDonald’s to be more consistently fresh than other places, probably because they do more business and food gets moved through the line quicker. Thanks again!

  10. HolyFruits! says:

    I like this sandwich, but I have to be careful as to what location I go to. The closest McDonald’s to me is in a Mall, and at that location, the chicken breast is often dry. However, there is a location a little bit further away (not too far, but nowhere near as close as the “mall” McDonald’s) and the Chicken comes out hot and juicy.