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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
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