Review: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich from McDonald’s
It’s normal to see fast food makeovers over the years and earlier this year we saw McDonald’s update their grilled chicken with the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich. With more and more competition from the fast casual restaurants, fast food joints need to step up their game. The latest makeover at McD’s is with their Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich becoming the new Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich — let’s review.McDonald’s describes their new Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich like this:
A tender, juicy, filet made with 100% chicken breast meat, real buttermilk and no artificial colors. Plus fresh tomato, crisp leaf lettuce and mayonnaise. All atop our delectable artisan roll.
I hate to use the term “millennial”, but the move toward real ingredients that you can pronounce is due to a big shift in the culture of eating out (and the millennials are the focus when it comes to fast food business). Fast food is looked down upon by many and these fast food chains places are constantly having to defend themselves. Changing your products around to fit in with the current trends is inevitable, yet I can’t say removal of certain harmful chemicals in the foods we eat is a trend. In the end, restaurants just want your money and giving the consumer what they want is really the bottom line. I’m sure it will still take a long time to change a lot of minds.
The new Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich is a shift to a more natural crispy chicken sandwich offering, but don’t kid yourself and think there still isn’t a bunch of ingredients in the recipe that require some food science expertise. Beyond all that, the core components of this sandwich consist of the buttermilk crispy chicken filet, a slice of tomato, mayonnaise, leaf lettuce, and of course the artisan roll.The chicken filet was kind of a cross between the previous Crispy Chicken Deluxe and the discontinued Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich. It had a noticeably crisp and crunchy crust that suffered a few dry, crusty spots in the cooking process. There was a sign posted on the drive-thru speaker that read, “We cook with real dairy. We’re proud to use real buttermilk in our Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, which shares a fryer with Chicken McNuggets and other fried chicken products. We want you to enjoy your experience, so if you have adverse reactions to milk, please consider other great McDonald’s options.” Aside from the crusty spots, the breading hugged the chicken fillet close and was thick enough to give it some added size without going overboard and becoming all about the exterior. The flavor of the breading had some hints of cream and pepper. The chicken itself turned out to be quite tender and moist with no areas that were stringy or too chewy. I found the produce duo of tomato slice and leaf lettuce to be cool and fresh… an excellent example of a fast food place getting their lettuce and tomato combo right. McDonald’s goes a little overboard with mayo application, but it wasn’t a big deal. Simple mayonnaise was a fine choice to add the necessary creaminess to a chicken sandwich. There’s plenty of room for future incarnations of this sandwich with plenty of sauce and cheese combinations. The artisan roll is lightly toasted, soft and sturdy with some mild corn sweetness.At a price of $4.59 for the sandwich alone, it’s a decent value for a half pound sandwich. It’s got a little bit more weight to it when compared to the Artisan Grilled Chicken sandwich which is the same price. Interestingly enough, there’s actually less sodium in the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Buttermilk Crispy 900 mg vs Artisan Grilled 960 mg).The whole buttermilk thing isn’t a big change if you ask me, but it works well for a crispy fried chicken crust. There were some minor issues with crusty dry ends that luckily didn’t have an impact on the chicken itself. It’s a simple crispy chicken sandwich that represents some necessary recipe updates like the removal of artificial colors. To sum up the new Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, I’ll say it’s decent, but nothing special.
Pros: Half pound sandwich under five bucks. Tender, moist chicken fillet. Great produce and bun.
Cons: Buttermilk-based chicken breading suffered some dry spots.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: mcdonalds.com
Serving Size - 8.1 oz
Calories - 580
Total Fat - 24 grams
Saturated Fat - 4.5 grams
Carbs - 62 grams
Cholesterol - 65 milligrams
Sodium - 900 milligrams
Sugars - 11 grams
Fiber - 4 grams
Protein - 29 grams