Review: Chicken Celebration from McDonald’s Canada
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the Chicken Celebration sandwich from a McD’s.” (I have a restraining order, now) So, this is the second “Holiday Warmer” item I’ve reviewed in less than a week, and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure out how this sandwich and the Jolly Burger possess any connection to any seasonal festivity in December.This Chicken Celebration sandwich has less to do with Christmas than a red Starbucks cup. I could tape a tiny Santa hat on a McRib and it would make more sense. And, folks, if you’re going to celebrate chicken, can we perhaps go the extra mile and offer a premium chicken breast, instead of the standard McChicken patty? Hmm, I guess technically this is minced meat. Perhaps that’s the holiday tie-in.
The bun is the same chewy one that topped the Jolly, and well, while it’s pretty to look at, the rolled wheat flakes look like dandruff. NO, wait, perhaps McDonald’s meant these to be perceived as snowflakes!? (Ouch, sorry, strained myself from all that stretching). Anyhoo, lettuce? Check. Standard premium leaves, none of the chopped up Big Mac bargain basement veg on this baby.
Sauce du jour? Creamy rotisserie seasoned sauce. Or so they say? To be honest, one you hit the bacon and serviceable seasoned chicken patty, any discernable taste the sauce may have possessed, if any, takes a backseat. Like, you can’t even see it in the rear view mirror. And the bacon? Well, hark the herald angel sings; “It’s real strips, Baby!” (I’m paraphrasing). None of that chopped up bits nonsense, like the sweaty piles of fail that crippled the Mighty Angus I reviewed a few months back. Nope, two salty strips bring the real party to the Celebration. As for cheese, well, if you can’t write something nice, don’t write anything at all. Just kidding, the melted, processed white cheddar cheese managed to do nothing but act like a horrible, horrible chicken toupee. Not tang, no twang, nothing. Other than adding a creamy texture to the sandwich, it proved no real function, other than aesthetics.Overall, this was a disappointment. If you’re going to offer up premium items during the Holidays, at least bring some premium items to the party. It’s showing up to a Christmas party with an empty Tupperware bowl instead of a bottle of wine. Heck, you wouldn’t even have to pony up big bucks. All you’d need to elevate the Chicken Celebration would be a dollop of cranberry mayo (heck cranberry jelly) & a scoop of Stove Top stuffing. Now that would be a party, in your mouth. Perhaps next year, might I suggest a partridge burger topped with pear chutney? (Awaits PETA call) For now, I’d trust this Wiseman, and look at other menu items.
Pros: Bacon. Restraining orders.
Cons: Boring cheese. Not a premium chicken breast. Not partridge.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $5.49 CDN
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/promotions/holidaywarmers.html
Serving Size – 180 grams
Calories - 560
Total Fat - 31 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 54 milligrams
Carbs - 16 grams
Sugar - 8 grams
Fibre – 7 grams
Protein – 21 grams