Review: Zinger from KFC
Your guess is as good as mine as to why it took so long for a chicken sandwich (beyond Chicken Littles) from KFC to be given some attention in the United States. The Zinger chicken sandwich has been a hit product in other parts of the world and you’d think that with the growth of Chick-fil-A over the last 15 years, KFC would have been quicker to take on the competition. Now that KFC’s Zinger is available stateside, I’ll just say better late than never and hope this is a hint of what’s to come. KFC describes the new Zinger chicken sandwich like this:
If you’re looking for a spicy, crispy chicken sandwich worthy of the name Zinger, then look no further, because it’s right here on the menu in the good ole US of A. Try one today in a $5 Fill Up with wedges, a cookie, and a drink.
The Zinger is made with a 100% chicken breast filet, double hand-breaded, fried, and topped with lettuce and the Colonel’s mayonnaise on a toasted sesame seed bun. Looks good doesn’t it?
This may sound weird, but I couldn’t help but notice how much the KFC Zinger smelled like a McChicken from McDonald’s. In my world, that’s not a good thing. What does a McChicken smell like? It smells like hot lettuce and mayonnaise. This wouldn’t normally bother me if it wasn’t for developing an aversion for the McChicken when I ate way too many of them at an earlier time in my life. I think individually, the problem is more in the lettuce than the mayo. The mayo mixed with the lettuce just makes it worse. I’m painting a sad picture now so I’ll stop and say that’s about where the major negatives end with the Zinger. It actually turned out to be a pretty good chicken sandwich.The Zinger comes equipped with a very generous hunk of chicken so it’s a relief to finally have a filling chicken sandwich at KFC. I found the chicken breast filet to be thick and juicy with a crispy crust that didn’t go overboard. and didn’t suffer any overly dry spots. As a reminder, KFC’s chicken is prepared and fried daily in its restaurants so the quality shines a lot brighter than the frozen and refried variety. The ratio of breading to chicken was just right for a satisfying chicken sandwich.The flavor of the Zinger chicken sandwich is a mix of peppery spices and tanginess. If you’re looking for some major heat, look elsewhere. I’ve had two Zinger chicken sandwiches from two different KFC locations just to make sure my first taste wasn’t a mistake. I guess it could be labeled as a spicy chicken sandwich, but I don’t think it should. I’m not looking for major heat so I was OK with it… just be warned chili heads. If you’d label the burn, consider it a slow one.A huge plus for the KFC Zinger is the price. At $3.99 for the sandwich alone, it’s a pretty good value considering that super meaty piece of chicken. Getting the $5 Fill Up with potato wedges, chocolate chip cookie and medium drink is an absolute steal. The value options ($5 Fill Ups and Go Cups) at KFC are very underrated in my opinion.
It may not be Chick-fil-A, but KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich is a worthy buy (especially on a Sunday). I know a lot of the focus at KFC seems to be on family combo meals of their regular bone-in fried chicken, but chicken sandwiches are a huge opportunity to take advantage of. The recent flavor options that were made available to Chicken Littles shows that expansion into full-sized sandwiches like the Zinger is worth exploring.
Pros: Good-sized piece of chicken. Crispy. Great value, especially the $5 Fill Up option.
Cons: Hot lettuce mixed with mayo. Might be too mild to be described as spicy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: kfc.com