Review: Lil’ Chickies from Sonic
Ever since those Cheesy Bread Dogs from over last summer, I haven’t really been wanting to get near any hot dog products at Sonic. For that reason, I’ve avoided Sonic’s new Lil’ Doggies and decided the next best thing would be to take on new Lil Chickies instead.
Lil’ Chickies are a trio of mini chicken sandwiches, made with 100% all-white meat crispy chicken. Basically it’s a chicken tender inside a mini hot dog bun. There’s the Classic Lil’ Chickie with pickles and mayo; a BBQ Lil’ Chickie with Hickory BBQ sauce and pickles; or a Buffalo Lil’ Chickie with Buffalo sauce. I purchased my Lil’ Chickies for $1.49 each.
The Classic Lil’ Chickie is the simple combination of crispy chicken tender, mayo, and pickles. If you’ve had Chicken Littles from KFC, you’ll be familiar with this style of mini chicken sandwich. The crispy chicken tender was meaty enough to be worthy of a mini chicken sandwich and it fit the mini bun nicely with a slight overlap. I found the breading to be overly crusty and chewy on the ends, but this issue wasn’t consistent with the other two Lil’ Chickies. Having a couple of sliced pickles provided some sour bite and there was just the right amount of creamy mayo to get the moisture level in the right area. I really liked the soft, chewy mini bun.
The BBQ Lil’ Chickie replaces the mayo found in the Classic, for Hickory BBQ sauce. I wasn’t a big fan of the BBQ sauce as it was too generic and sugary. There was some tanginess that seemed to be shadowed by an artificial sweetness. Having pickles in this BBQ version didn’t feel like a well thought out idea. I’ve never understood pickles and BBQ sauce together. Maybe crispy fried onion strings would have been too predictable, but it also would have worked so much better. The chicken tender in this Little Chickie seemed meatier, less crusty than in the Classic so I know there were inconsistencies in that department.
Last and least was the Buffalo Lil’ Chickie. This version is simply chicken tender and Buffalo sauce. My least favorite of the Lil’ Chickies, the Buffalo version was too plain and having the sauce dictate most of the flavor, it had to be good, and it wasn’t. The Buffalo sauce is described as “tangy” and sure I got that… plus some pungent vinegar taste that seemed to take the place of actual heat. Maybe a ranch dressing drizzle could have balanced the Buffalo sauce issue.
If I can quote my Nosh Show buddy Dubba, Lil’ Chickies score points in “fun factor” and they were indeed “cute”. These mini sandwiches will score big points with kids, or adult-sized children like myself. At a price of $1.49 each, there’s better values in fast food out there. I would have liked to have special pricing for buying the combo of all three styles… maybe 3 for $4 or something.
As a whole, I liked Lil’ Chickies. The idea of mini chicken sandwiches with multiple flavor choices works. I liked the nice, compact and clean packaging which makes for a great grubbing on the go item. Other than a ingredient combo complaint and issues with the Buffalo sauce, I still feel the overall product is a worthy fast food item.
Pros: Meaty chicken tenders. Flavor trio. Nice buns. Packaging.
Cons: BBQ sauce and pickles. Buffalo version needs some work. I would've liked a special combo price.
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: $1.49 each
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://www.sonicdrivein.com
Classic: 210 calories, 9 grams of fat, 500 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein
BBQ: 190 calories, 7 grams of fat, 550 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein
Buffalo: 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, 540 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein