Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich Review:
Price Paid: $4.59 | Company: Wendy’s
This chicken sandwich has been one of my favorite fast food sandwiches since I was a kid. But due to more competitive chicken sandwiches out there, can it hold up?
Right off the bat, the oversized bun looks amazing; great color all around and looks really fresh. It kind of reminds me of pretzel bread. Yum.
The fried chicken looks crispy, no sogginess to be found (thank goodness). It seems a full chicken breast was cut in half and pounded thinner which covers all of the bun. The iceberg lettuce looks like… iceberg lettuce. I promised myself I won’t complain about it today. So there. We have boring lettuce. Decent sized tomato with a good amount of mayonnaise that seals everything together. Wendy’s can execute this sandwich pretty well, in my opinion.
- Fried chicken breast
It’s pretty clear the chicken is breaded in a factory and shipped out to restaurants to ensure the quality of the product, consistency, and efficiency. This could cause problems with flavor (freezer burn) if not done correctly or done carelessly. However, that wasn’t the case. The breading on the chicken makes up about half of the filet, so you’re going to get a lot more fried flavor than say a Chick-fil-A sandwich. The chicken carries a bit of spice that lingers but is mellowed out by the mayonnaise.
The bun was soft and visually appealing, however, the sandwich lacks a decent amount of produce. More lettuce and a thicker tomato is a must. Due to the chicken being a bit dry, a thicker tomato would have better complemented the sandwich.
Buy this sandwich and you might get a call from your financial adviser. Ouch, the spicy chicken sandwich is expensive at $4.59. And honestly, the price is the only reason I don’t buy it often and instead pick up chicken sandwiches from other fast food places. I think a good price would be more near $3.50. At current pricing, it should justify a slice of premium cheese and real lettuce (not iceberg).
ValueGrub Rating: (7.8 / 10)
510 calories (17.6 calories per gram of protein). This sandwiches ranked really well on our health rating scale because chicken is more lean than beef (far less saturated fat). Removing the mayonnaise from the sandwich is going to reduce the calorie count to 450 with 3g of saturated fat. The cholesterol levels are moderately high due to the fried chicken breast (something to consider).
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet:
– You can eat 4 spicy chicken sandwiches, per day.
– You will reach 22 grams of suggested saturated fat in 2,805 calories or 5 1/2 spicy chicken sandwiches.
– You will reach 300mg of suggested cholesterol in 4 spicy chicken sandwiches.