Review: Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club from Wendy’s

I’m going to pull back the curtain on this one and admit I had to try the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club from Wendy’s twice before I could give it a fair assessment. About three weeks ago I gave this sandwich a shot and was floored by the $5.49 price tag for the sandwich alone. I came away slightly unsure on how I felt about it and thus held off reviewing it. So getting the sandwich again for lunch today has helped me finalize my thoughts.

Wendy’s describes the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club like this:

The Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club starts with Wendy’s original Spicy Chicken whole fillet that gets its kick from Wendy’s own special blend of seven spices, and brings extra heat with a slice of all-natural pepper jack cheese. To balance the heat, add a zesty ranch sauce and creamy, natural guacamole. And, what’s a club sandwich without bacon? Wendy’s thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, a full slice of tomato and crisp, hand-leafed lettuce, all on a buttered, toasted bun.

Wendy’s has done spicy chicken sandwiches really well for years now, so nothing much is new in that department. Going into trying the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club, I felt that the major player being a determining factor in how I’d grade it would be the guacamole.

I’m sort of avocado obsessed and I wouldn’t hesitate to spoon out fresh avocado straight from the source with nothing else added. When I first tried the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club, the guacamole was so weak and ineffective, I almost believed it wasn’t there. Only by dissecting the sandwich did I notice the faint slathering of green to prove that at least some had made its way in the package. With a hearty spicy chicken fillet, pepper jack cheese, bacon and ranch sauce, you can see how barely an ounce of guac could get lost. When guacamole is in your name, you better step up and show yourself.

On my second try, the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club proved to live up to its name a little better. I could taste the guacamole, although still a bit weak, but a much better showing than the first time. Although some ingredients could easily get lost with so much going on, the sandwich did actually impress me in the taste department.

The spicy chicken fillet is the star and that’s how it’s always been. The fillet is sized well enough to satisfy most and the heat is tame, but just right for someone like me. The pepper jack provides a little sharpness and the applewood smoked bacon was salty and perfectly crisp in the right areas. In terms of produce… the full slice of tomato hooked up the moisture a tad, but the lettuce was a bit much. I felt the “zesty ranch sauce” could have been left off as it didn’t make enough impact to warrant the extra fat and calories.

While I wanted to love this sandwich, my impressions were that it was just good not great. Even though the sandwich was filling, the $5.49 price is about a dollar too much to be considered a good value in my opinion. The cost of avocados led me to expect the higher price, but the slacked application of the green stuff has me thinking ripoff. Overall, the Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club was a Wendy’s creation that I liked enough to try twice. I can’t justify paying around 8 bucks for a combo meal at a drive-thru window, but there’s something to be said about being compelled enough to be a repeat offender.

Pros: Most of the ingredients work well. Wendy's makes one of the better spicy chicken sandwiches in the fast food world.

Cons: Price. Guacamole didn't have enough impact. Ranch sauce was weak. Glut of lettuce.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $5.49 for the sandwich alone, $7.89 for the medium combo

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: Wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club
Calories - 770
Total Fat - 42 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Cholesterol - 115 milligrams
Sodium - 1790 milligrams
Total Carbs - 58 grams
Protein - 41 grams

26 comments on “Review: Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club from Wendy’s

  1. I feel like the spiciness of the Spicy Chicken overpowers the taste of the guacamole. I ordered it with a grilled chicken instead, and it was really good!!!

  2. Bryan says:

    Agreed. I’ve had it twice. The first time they forgot the guacamole altogether. The second time there may have been a scant teaspoon on there. Not worth the price.

  3. Adam M. says:

    If I’m a corporate fast food person, I do wonder (with fear) when people are going to start to realize that for — let’s say $0.50 to $1.50 more — you can sit down somewhere and get a sandwich that often will INCLUDE fries or your choice of a variety of other side items…and someone to bring it to you.

    Is the convenience of not having to get out of your car the only thing that fast food has left going for it? (That, and loss-leader dollar menu items?)

    • Aaron says:

      Sure, but when you add a drink and the tip, you’re looking at $12-15.

      Plus not everybody has time for a sit down restaurant during their lunch break.

      p.s. at my Wendy’s the combo is only $6 something. Are they really charging $5.49 for the sandwich alone?

    • alexg says:

      On a whim, I went to Burger King last week and had a Junior Whopper deal. What garbage food. The patty was about the size of a oversized poker chip. The food bland and tasteless. A dollar and some change more, could have brought me a tasty In-Out Cheese burger that was down the street. My mistake on even thinking Burger King could come up with an edible meal. I know, this is a Wendy’s thread, but their food just seems a notch better as the #2 Fast food leader.

    • Peter says:

      Or for $3 less I can make it at home myself and make my sandwich exactly the way I want.

    • Jade says:

      Not even sit-down places – fast casual joints are going to make a killing just based on quality. Compare the difference between a fast food burger and a fast casual one that cost roughly the same price, and I can’t see fast food winning. Sure, the big 3 fast food places may be more widespread, but if fast casual profits rise, that can easily be challenged. Assuming your clientele are stupid never gets you anywhere in the long run.

  4. Murray says:

    Dang, beat me to a review again.

    The good thing is that you wrote the same exact review I would have. I’m sure people will say I’m just sucking up to the boss, here, but I agree 100% with what you’re saying.

    OK, someone has to do it…Where’s the Guac?

  5. Theorbo says:

    Nice review … i’m interested in the fries. Why are the ‘new’ Wendy’s fries a bunch of nubs? I cannot remember the last time I saw a french fry from there that is longer than my pinky finger. =(

  6. KTK says:

    Yikes, where is that being tested? I could almost guarantee that thing would be at least a dollar cheaper for both sandwich and meal around here.

    • Lindsay says:

      I would have to agree, where I’m from it would most definately be cheaper.

      I like the idea of chicken and guac but I want alot, not a little blip. I’ve never had a chicken sammie from Wendy’s but it does look good.

  7. Rickdotfeltdotcom says:

    When you own a franchise, and the franchiser tells you you have to use a new expensive ingredient, they will tighten up on it. If this was something negligible like red onion or dijon it’d be one thing. I work at a franchise location (not foodservice), and when we purchase a unit of something to dissect into X, owner always wants to do X+1 or X+2.

    • Mike N says:

      True that… my usual go-to Taco Bell recently changed from corporate-owned to franchiser-owned; the quality went down and the price went up (30 to 50 cents an item).

  8. Biff McGee says:

    Couldn’t have written this review better myself! Wendy’s has always been a fave of mine, but the prices are a bit too high. You could buy a whole fryer chicken at the grocery store and feed a family of four with what they’re charging for a single okie doke chicken sandwich.

  9. Manavee says:

    I thought it was a’ight, if a bit expensive. A slice of avocado >> guac on a burger though, in my opinion….so I wish they had gone that route.

  10. Julie says:

    What is it with the lettuce that Wendy’s uses? I have always gotten this very bitter, tough yellowish iceberg lettuce on my sandwiches. Iceberg lettuce is one of those cheap “filler” varieties of lettuce that has very little nutritional value. I think it really takes away from the flavor of the sandwiches and lessens the quality. (Not to mention, the sandwiches look NOTHING like they do in the promo pics!) All of the ingredients of this sandwich sound like an awesome combination and it looks good in the promo but I think your review is dead on. No surprises here!

    • Adam M. says:

      I remember reading when they launched the new burgers that they researched changing to green leaf lettuce but consumers preferred the “crunch” of iceburg. Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. The green leaf stuff can go south REALLY quick.

      • Julie says:

        I realize that the addition of lettuce is a last chance grab at making a caloric monstrosity (770 calories) such as this into something that has some inherent nutritional value, but is it always necessary? Does it add to the appeal of the sandwich? Do people really believe lettuce and other filler toppings like it make a fast food sandwich into a “balanced” nutritional option?

        To me, it’s kind of like the people that feel that eating a supreme pizza is essentially as good as eating a salad or eating a can of beef ravioli is good because they claim to contain a serving of vegetables. Really?!

        I realize at the end of the day, this is an optional topping and you can opt out of having it and I am fine with it being there, but more often than not, the lettuce is gross, it’s falling out of the sandwich…I feel like it doesn’t really serve a purpose. I typically end up removing it. Down with fast food lettuce! :-p

  11. SkippyMom says:

    That is really expensive for an ingredient that seems to be almost non existent. I could agree with the price [almost] if they had used a slice of avocado or true guac – the real stuff, but that is ridiculous looking in the pics.

    Thanks for the review. I can now steer my avocado/guac loving daughter away from this.

  12. JF says:

    I just had guacamole for the first time last weekend. I am the type of person that goes for comfort foods, but when things don’t look appetizing, I stay away. I’m not going to tell you what I think guac looks like, but the first time I had shrimp (in NO) they were big, not peeled, you had to rip off their heads. I still don’t know how I made it through that dinner, but love popcorn shrimp.

    Anyway, since finally trying guac, I did like it (it was with tortilla chips, so I favored the salsa) but would give this a try.

  13. SmoledMan says:

    Come over to my place, I’ll fix you a burger with a thick slice of avocado, no skimping!

  14. DerekLutz says:

    Completely agree with the review. I’ve had it twice – first time, scant guac and lots of bacon. Second time, a bit more guac which made the sandwich messier and less bacon. Preferred the first one, not a fan of a bun sliding off the sandwich contents. Got a combo with small drink and fries for $6.39, Cincinnati area.

  15. Adam M. says:

    Great point!

  16. SammichSami says:

    I agree with most of this review… although after the first try I said to my hubbs that there was barely any guac and left the sammie wanting (both of us haha) … He looked at his and said it looked like the lettuce had an accident… EWww…

    The next go round (following day for lunch) I went back and got it again and asked for extra guac…. MUCH BETTER!!!!! It made a massive difference in the make up of the sandwich and the way it presented to the ever unimpressed palette 🙂 So good with the extra guac. Came home messaged hubbs that I had it again and the extra guac did the trick he demanded i bring him one too…. Soooo I did and he agrees.

    I totally agree the price is so not worth it though…. even if it does have guac. Which would be why when i hit the grocery store i grabbed chicken patties, lettuce, tomato, avacados and such to make my Sami Sammiches! 😀

    Yum

  17. Mr. Fed Up says:

    It is nice to see some variety from Wendy’s. This sandwich with their new sides are a good way to help this chain stand out a little from the “Golden Arches” and “BK.”