Fast Food Review: The Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

I’m lucky enough to live in one of the “test” markets for Chick-fil-A’s newest creation, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich.  A tipster from Facebook led me to Columbia, Maryland to find it a couple weeks ago.  I’m happy to report, the tip was a good one.  

Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A (packaged)

The food court at Columbia Mall is actually the precise destination for this chicken sandwich and signs for the elusive product are scattered around the menu boards and registers.  A taunting, “Can You Take The Heat?” slug line accompanies the pictures of the chicken sandwich.  It looks exactly like the Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich except the chicken patty has that orangey/reddish/peppered hue that usually is found on spicy chicken patties.  Really, the only difference between your regular Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich and the Spicy version is the chicken patty, which is spiced up with a seasoned blend of peppers.  You’ll still find the 2 “crucial” pickles and the standard buttered bun and that’s it.  

Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A (full)

My sandwich alone was $2.99 and you have the option to upgrade to the “Deluxe” version, which includes lettuce and tomato for about a quarter more.  If you’re into a chicken sandwich with some more heat to it, I think this would satisfy many.  Chick-fil-A has a buttermilk ranch dipping sauce that comes in handy and works well with the heat and makes the already tasty sandwich, tastier.  The pickles didn’t seem as important as they do with the regular sandwich and I would think that lettuce/tomato should be standard on this spicy version.  Paying extra for a leaf of lettuce and two slices of tomato?  Really?  Anyways, I got it without the lettuce/tomato but I’m thinking that an upgrade to the “Deluxe” would help balance out the package and cool things down.

Spicy Chicken Patty from Chick-fil-A

I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy foods so take that into consideration, I felt the heat was pretty decent.  All in all though, I’m more likely to stick with the non-spicy version in the future but it’s awesome that there is finally a choice that should branch out to more locations eventually.  (special thanks to my pals at WouldIBuyItAgain for a post they did that triggered me to finally write this)

Spicy Chicken Sandwich w Buttermilk Ranch from Chick-fil-A

Pros: Finally a version of the classic with some heat. Goes well with the buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.

Cons: I still prefer the original. I recommend including lettuce/tomato standard instead of offering it for a slightly higher price. Pickles don't work as well with the spicy version.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Not Available - but the non-spicy version should be similar:
Calories - 430
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 3.5 grams
Cholesterol - 65 milligrams
Sodium - 1370 milligrams
Carbs - 39 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugar - 7 grams -
Protein - 31 grams

29 comments on “Fast Food Review: The Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A

  1. Adam says:

    Which Chick-Fil-A in Columbia? How does this taste compared to Wendy’s Spicy Chicken?

  2. Ryan says:

    see article “The food court at Columbia Mall is actually the precise destination for this chicken sandwich and signs for the elusive product are scattered around the menu boards and registers.”

    I haven’t had the Wendy’s Spicy Chicken in a really long time…but from what I remember, the Wendy’s version is bigger and in my opinion, a tad more complete. The plain nature of the Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich really does beg to be upgraded to the “deluxe” with the added lettuce/tomato. The regular Chicken Sandwich version on the other hand, works just fine without making it a deluxe.

  3. Figures 🙂 Finally a restaurant with a location remotely near me…but wait, come to find out with an item that is not available there 🙂

    Sounds delicious though. I LOVE spicey!

  4. Adam Bomb says:

    I’m a definite “chile head’, and the thought of a new “spicy” chicken sandwich on the market is intriguing. Alas, there is no Cick-fil-A in my city. If it’s still in the test marketing phase, the nearest one might not even have this sandwich yet, anyway.

    The only spicy chicken that’s ever impressed me (from the heat or otherwise) is the Wendy’s version. It’s not overly spicy at all, but it does taste good. I recall going to BK once a long time ago after hearing that they had a spicy chicken, only to find out it was a regular tendercrisp filet, with a spicy sauce on top. Talk about a cop-out!!! If the Chick-fil-A in the neighboring town has this sandwich next time I’m up there, I may just have to break my Chick-fil-A cherry finally.

    Thanks for all the great reviews, I really like the site 🙂

  5. Nope! Not near me.

  6. Why does everything have to have so much fat in it to taste good???

  7. Thanks for the link love. I just got an e-mail from Chick-Fil-A on new breakfast offering that they are marketing here in Indy. I will post later and give them a try.

    Also…free food for people in Indy with this promo! Great Success!

    Btw, the sandwich looks good. I would proably pay the extra quarter for the deluxe.

  8. brad says:

    God, I had no idea they had a spicy sandwich. I’ll have to check that out.

  9. Adam Bomb says:

    @ wouldbuyitagain: “Indy” as in Indianapolis? I live about an hour from there 🙂

  10. Raiders757 says:

    I’ve always had a little “Spice” in my Chic-Fil-A sandwich. Their regular chicken sandwich recipe goes perfect with a mix of ketchup and Texas Pete spread over it.

    The Wendy’s spicy chicken is good, but some years back, they changed wholesale vendors , and the chicken changed. Although still one of the best on the fast food market, they did go slightly down hill when this change happened.

    I also have to add, that a Chic-Fil-A sandwich, no matter if it’s spicy or regular, should never be ruined with anything else on them. I say this not having tried the new spicy version yet, but the entire point of a Chic-Fil-A snadwich, is that it’s so goo, it doesn’t need anything else. Not even the pickles.

  11. michelle says:

    I just tried the spicy sandwich and am kicking myself for not getting the lettuce and tomato. It was good, but I prefer the original. I am in SoCal. My all-time favorite spicy chicken sandwich is from Bojangles. It is a chain in the South (SC, GA)

    • Ryan says:

      @ Michelle…. Yeah I agree completely…added lettuce/tomato is probably the way to should be standard on the Spicy version…and I too prefer the original. I’ve passed by many a Bojangles but have never stopped to check it out…next time I will.

  12. MDU says:

    Yeah, it was good. mmm mmm mmm.

  13. chris says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Chick-Fil-A has the BEST CHICKEN SANDWICH on the market. Its simple(bun, chicken, and pickles), but the flavor and quality is outstanding. This is one sandwich you don’t need to put a bunch of stuff on. You must be doing something right when McDonalds, the largest fast food chain in the world, copies your recipe for their “Southern Chicken Sandwich”. And theirs is a poor copy. I really wish this would be test marketed where I live SOON.

  14. cress says:

    News Release: “The current fried chicken sandwich will continue to be the flagship for the Atlanta-based chicken chain, but Chick-fil-A confirmed this week that it will roll out next year a new spicy fried chicken sandwich.”

  15. kaitis says:

    I know this isn’t really a cursing website, but I can’t express my emotion about that any other way but, HOLY FUCK!

    That’s the best idea since Wendys added their Spicy chicken sandwich.

  16. tyathca says:

    Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches best when you add cole slow and buffalo sauce.

  17. Chaz says:

    I hope this sandwich goes nationwide soon…its a no brainer!!! Every chicken sandwich place needs a spicy style sandwich.

  18. Joshua says:

    I will add that Chick-fil-A gets all their chicken raw and hand-breads it, then pressure cooks it in peanut oil. NO other fast food, not even Wendys, can say they do that. It’s all pre-fried with them…

  19. Justin says:

    Good news for everybody then. Come sometime in June, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich will have completed its roll-out finally. I work for a Chick-fil-A and preparing for this new menu item has not been easy. A whole new fryer is required for the sandwich, they have to rearrange our entire kitchen line-up, and to make sure that we do not contaminate the breading of the original and the spicy. So if you do order a spicy chicken sandwich just appreciate the time and energy that has come with making them.

  20. Bryan says:

    Instead of Ranch, have you ever tried the Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce on the Original?! Mmmm!

  21. Jerry says:

    Hey and don’t forget the new pepperjack cheese to spice it up a little more!

  22. KStrate says:

    Glad you liked it! I’ve also had it. The deluxe version actually comes with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of pepper jack cheese. So, it’s a little more “deluxe” than you thought, I guess. I agree…it is pretty spicy! We’ll see how it does when it comes out later this summer.

  23. soozee says:

    i liked the spicy chicken, but the original is still alot better : )

  24. Steven says:

    I tried the spicy chicken sandwich yesterday and while I love things spicy, I will definately stick with the classic. I didn’t really care for the new spicy version – it didn’t have the same classic breading in my opinion.

  25. Zadees says:

    I just ate two of the new spicy chicken sandwiches from Chik-fil-a. I must say that the first one was MUCH better than the second. The sandwich does carry some sting to it which is nice, but the flavor is lost with the pickles on the bun. This sandwich should be served with a mayo to give it more flavor. Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich in my opinion is much better than this one.