Review: Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich from Arby’s
A friend of mine, (let’s call him Regis) considers one fast food sandwich to be the Holy Grail of fast food sandwiches. The one sandwich that all other quick serve sandwiches should be judged by. The kind of sandwich you would fight or even kill for. The stuff of legends. That sandwich is the Prime-Cut Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich from Arby’s. Regis is an idiot by the way.
The Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich is described as this:
You can’t be blue with our Bleu. Crispy, all white-meat Prime-Cut™ chicken breast fillet topped with thinly sliced
roast ham, Swiss cheese and mayo, all served on a toasted sesame seed bun.
If you have spent any time in an average public school cafeteria, you’ve had this sandwich. The fried chicken fillet has that somewhat off-processed taste to it. Imagine ordering fish and chips and expecting fresh beer battered cod, and instead receiving generic dollar store fish sticks. The chicken breast fillet was a decent size, but a heaping pile of mediocre is still mediocre. The ham, or “ham loaf” is about as low quality as it gets. It was pretty tasty though, but considering my love of salty processed cured meats, both high and low quality, I’m not hard to impress. Why fast food restaurants don’t serve Spam is beyond me… I’m talking to you Hardee’s. The ham would have been great if it wasn’t overpowered by the gigantic, dry chicken fillet. At first I thought they forgot the cheese. Then I realized it was processed Swiss flavored cheese product, and that it had become one with the mayo like a gastronomic Voltron attempting to battle my taste buds in the name of “meh”. It came off as an overly thick, slightly nutty, not very good mayo sauce.
The bread was soft and delicious, but after all that, who cares? If Arby’s doubled down on the ham, added lettuce and tomato, and skipped the Swiss, this sandwich might be pretty good. Instead it comes off as decent hospital food, and that isn’t saying much. Arby’s either has no knowledge of, or hates the French, and is using this sandwich as subliminal propaganda to give the masses a disdain for fine food. Don’t get me wrong, I think Arby’s is a great fast food joint, but grab a Beef n’ Cheddar or if you really want a good chicken sandwich, hit up Chick-fil-A. Thank goodness Regis isn’t a food blogger.
Pros: Decent size. Great bun. The French. Voltron.
Cons: Bland, generic chicken patties. Price. Cheddar sauce would have been way better than a processed Swiss single. Regis.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10
More Info: Arbys.com
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich
Total Fat -30 grams
Saturated Fat -7 grams
Choleterol -85 milligrams
Sodium - 1860 milligrams
Carbs - 51 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 38 grams