Review: Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as the idiom goes. Well this is the fast food industry we’re talking about and when it comes to the “southern style” chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A is king (GrubGrade 9.50/10). So when McDonald’s came out with the Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich some years back, I felt there were surely going to be some good and bad aspects of the new arrival when strictly comparing it to the fast food southern style chicken sandwich king.
McDonald’s describes their Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich like this:
All-white meat crispy chicken and zingy pickles on a buttery steamed bun.
Like I mentioned, there’s some good and bad right off the bat… before even the first bite. The good would be the fact that if I have a craving for this style of chicken sandwich, the one Chick-fil-A restaurant within a 5-mile radius doesn’t have to be my only stop. My options have just turned from one to five. The bad… one is amazing (CFA) and the others (McD’s) are just imitations of greatness. The Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich is a simple offering of an extra crisp breaded chicken patty and the same bun you’ll find on the Filet-O-Fish and the same pickles you get on the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger.
The McDonald’s Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich doesn’t have that same addictive quality I’ve come to be enamored with on the side of Chick-fil-A’s fence. With Chick-fil-A, the peanut-oil and pressure cooked chicken patties come off as thicker, tastier, and juicier with just enough emphasis on breading and total focus on a great chicken patty. McDonald’s on the other hand has a chicken sandwich that seems to only rely on its breading. The McDonald’s sandwich is a fake-me-out replica that has a dried out patty. It’s kind of funny that on the sandwich box it is written, “WE LOVE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE: Oh white meat chicken breast, so juicy and perfectly seasoned. To smother you under layers of condiments would only hide your natural beauty”. That’s the thing about this style of chicken sandwich. It’s not about sauces or cheeses, bacon or veggies, it’s about the chicken. Bread, pickles and chicken… the star is the chicken so you better make it amazing, otherwise, why bother? Oh yeah, competition.
When it comes to price, it’s $2.85 for CFA and $3.39 for McD’s. Seeing that the cheaper CFA version has 30 grams of protein versus 21 grams for McD’s gives me extra fuel to fire my love for one over the other.. I have my favorites and that’s obvious. I prefer Popeyes over KFC. I’ll take Papa John’s over Domino’s. In the battle of the “southern style” chicken sandwich, McDonald’s just falls way short of Chick-fil-A, and according to my crystal ball most all of you will agree.
Pros: At least McDonald's has a value menu chicken sandwich to fall back on (our McChicken review... at least it's just a buck ). It's simple enough to easily grub on the go.
Cons: Price. Dried out chicken patty. It isn't Chick-fil-A.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich (8.3 oz)
Calories - 420
Fat - 19 grams
Saturated Fat - 3 grams
Cholesterol - 45 milligrams
Sodium - 930 milligrams
Carbs - 43 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 21 grams