Fast Food Review: Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich from Wendy’s

We all know that eating healthier is all about choices. Of course we also know that fast food restaurants offer a grilled version of their chicken sandwiches to fill that spot for someone looking for a lower fat/cal sandwich.  I previously reviewed the Chargrilled Chicken Club from Chick-fil-A and the Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald’s and we received several interesting comments about them.  One comment included a question regarding if anyone had tried other fast food grilled chicken sandwiches and how they compare in the hierarchy of grilled chicken.  That inspired me to try some of the other sandwiches out there.  So today we bring you the Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich from Wendy’s to add to the growing list.

I tried this sandwich a few weeks ago, and decided to get it again recently to see how it held up to my first impressions.  This grilled chicken sandwich will hold its own compared to the other sandwiches I have tried. The sandwich is served in the typical Wendy’s foil wrapper and on first notice I felt it was a little small for the $3.99 price but seemed typical to Wendy’s prices.  You will definitely need a side to go along with it if you have a hearty appetite.

Described by Wendy’s as ” Tender grilled whole chicken breast fillet with a delicious honey mustard sauce and crisp fresh toppings”, and the description is spot on.  The bun was soft and fresh and did it’s job containing the ingredients.  It wasn’t as heavy as the wheat buns from the other sandwiches.   As with most Wendy’s sandwiches, the lettuce was fresh, however, both times, the tomato was a little on the soft side.  The grilled chicken breast was tender and juicy and larger than the bun.  It had just the right amount of seasonings to give it a nice flavor.  It practically melted in my mouth.  The honey mustard was a nice addition, subtle and tasty.

This nutritional value of this sandwich compared to the competition:

  1. The Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich from McDonald’s – 226g with 420 cal/10g of fat.
  2. The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A – 220g with 260cal/3g of fat.
  3. The Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich –  211g with 320cal/7 g of fat.

Of course, you can adjust the calories and fat by “personalizing” your sandwich, also with the option of making this into a chicken club by adding cheese and bacon.

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The grilled chicken sandwiches are becoming a regular thing for me at fast food places.  Eliminate the mayo and put honey mustard in its place and you have a healthier sandwich.  This sandwich would also be a good candidate to eat on the go as the minimal amount of honey mustard makes it much less messy than its counter-parts.  If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do.  We’ll do our best to continue giving our impressions on all the grilled chicken sandwiches so eventually we see who comes out on top.  Burger King, you’re next…

Pros: Good sized, tasty chicken breast. Fresh soft roll. Healthy sandwich. Not bad for grubbing on the go.

Cons: Not for hefty eaters, very light sandwich. Tomatoes not as fresh as I'd like on my recent two visits. $3.99 was a tad steep for the size.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: Wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 320
Total Fat - 7 grams
Saturated Fat - 1.5 grams
Carbs - 36 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 950 milligrams
Sugars - 8 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 28 grams

8 comments on “Fast Food Review: Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich from Wendy’s

  1. Hmmm, good review. Now what makes this the “Ulitmate”? Who comes up with these names? It seems like there is a short list of modifiers that different companies us in their product names, they just shift them around a bit.

    Nice healthy option though and could be healthier depending on your eating/dipping/dunking habits 🙂 That bun and produce do look REALLY good too!

    • Rich says:

      HA! I was thinking the exact same thing when I Goggled this sandwich. It’s Chicken with Lettuce, Tomato and mustard. They make it sound like a pinnacle of all chicken sandwiches. “Super Deluxe Mega Turbo Smackdown Chicken Sandwich”.

  2. Adam says:

    I agree with Bear. In fact, I think the better the bun and produce are the better any grilled chicken sandwhich is. Let’s face it; it’s not like these places are using different chickens or radically different cooking methods for the meat itself

    Is that a ‘corn-dusted’ bun? I like those, as well as whole wheat buns for chicken products. The last thing I want is a potato roll…just doesn’t mesh I guess.

  3. Ryan says:

    @ Adam … Yeah that’s definitely a corn-dusted bun…same bun used for the fish sandwich they have…the Premium Fish Fillet.

  4. Ha! This was my next scheduled Eat This-Not That review! This looks ok, but agree that for $4.00, it is a little small. I wonder how serving size compares to the competition. I am pulling mayo off everything I eat as well, unless I forget. It never adds that much flavor to me and there are better ways to go. I wish they had a spicy version of this.

  5. Adam says:

    The one thing I wish about these places is that you could get he bun toasted. I make my own versions at home with leftover grilled chicken and I always find that the toasted bun makes it.

  6. Gary says:

    Don’t eliminate the mayo. It’s healthier than honey mustard, and is a good source omega 3, and has no carbs. Honey mustard has sugar, carbs, and no omega 3.

    • Adam says:

      Heez, where di you learn your nutrition? A recent study just proved what’s always been known: added sugar is perfectly healthy in moderation. Meanwhile, pretty much every American has a totally out of whack combo of Omega 3s and Omega 6s, with cheap soybean oil in mayo only adding to this.