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6 Fast Food Spicy Chicken Sandwich Reviews

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Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.

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The spicy chicken sandwich has become quite fashionable. Most chain restaurants and other local eateries now have a version of this dish. Let's take a look at a few samples.

Overall Ratings

Ratings based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best

RestaurantOverallSpice IntensityQuality of ChickenBreadValue for Money

McDonald's

8

6

7

9

7.5

Chick-fil-A

9

9

9

8,5

9

Burger King

7

6

7.5

7

6

Carl's Jr.

7

7

6

6

8

Wendy's

7

9

4

6

5

Church's

8

7

8.5

8

8

McDonald's

McDonald's is generally known for its burgers and after a couple of bites of my spicy chicken sandwich I understood why.

The spice is very subtle at best and not very impressive. The meat was a bit dry—as if it had sat under a heat lamp all afternoon (which it very well may have). The coating was a thin breading. The texture of the chicken was stringy and was probably pressed.

I like my chicken sandwiches plain, meaning no pickle. However, there was a hint of dill aroma as I bit into the bun. I don't know if they pulled the pickles off, or if that is a technique they use to enhance the meat. I didn't find any evidence of pickle slices removed, so I suspect the latter.

The patty itself was small and thin and did not stand out. It certainly did not look like the image in the add.

Overall, not very good.

But then again, if you are a follower of the Golden Arches . . . you might like it.

McDonald's spicy chicken sandwich ad

McDonald's spicy chicken sandwich ad

Wendy's

I don't know where to start, so I'll start with something positive.

The spice level in this sample is probably one of the most intense I've experienced. The heat is seared into the crisp crush and remains well after you have bitten into the meat. That is probably the one good thing about this sandwich. Perhaps the only thing.

Otherwise, the sandwich is pretty bland, the meat resembling something close to French fry oil, which is probably what it was cooked in.

I still am not sure if this is a clean-cut breast or pieces of white meat molded and formed into a breast patty. I found bits of grizzle cooked into mine and sometimes I found it difficult to distinguish between the breast meat and the crust. I had heard so much about this sandwich, that I am disappointed.

Wendy's spicy chicken burger is, in my opinion, a terrible waste. It was kind of nasty (and I don't like to use words like that) and I found myself regretting stopping here. I haven't been to this restaurant in awhile and now I remember why. I think the only good thing about Wendy's is their shakes.

Burger King

The one thing that is supposed to make this sandwich spicy, is the sauce. There is nothing special about the breading or the meat itself to give any additional singe.

Not bad overall, but the sauce is kind of sticky sweet as well. And if you happen to rub your eyes or touch your face after, watch out! It really isn't that spicy to the taste though.

As far as the sandwich itself is concerned: the patty is a real chicken breast (not pressed meat) and is coated in a crispy exterior that almost seems as if it was fresh dipped. I'm pretty sure it wasn't. Parts of it actually separated from the meat.

My patty had probably been sitting there a bit too—it was kind of dry and just tasted old. I don't anticipate all the samples will be like this. And the breading was a little too big and thick. If you are someone who likes the crumbs, then this will appeal to you.

The bread tasted kind of like a potato or butter roll. Not a bad combination.

I, however, much prefer that the meat itself be seasoned, not dribbled in a sauce.

Overall, pretty good, but there are better options out there.

Chick-fil-A

What can I say?

This is absolutely one of the best by far. A whole chicken breast cooked just right. Spicy tingles throughout. A nice crust with just the right thickness. And a delicious perfectly toasted bun.

One of the best sandwiches out there and priced just right as well.

I don't know how Chick-fil-A does it, but I have been a fan of their nuggets for many years.

Perfection throughout and goodness within. There isn't much more I can write about this one.

If you like chicken sandwiches, this is a must.

Carl's Jr.

Well, I can remember the day when Carl's Jr. used to be pretty high up there . . . with neon bracelets and flying cars. Today, I don't think the Cracker Jack company would offer them as a prize.

I also remember when you could set a five-dollar bill on the counter and get a Western Bacon Cheeseburger, a side of fries, and a drink—and get change back. Now, you might get just the fries for that.

But let's get to the chicken sandwich—and get this over with as painlessly as possible.

Pressed chicken, spicy breading (not much breading or spice), and a pretty boring bun. Overall, I would pass. In fact, halfway through I decided to leave the rest out for my neighbor's cats.

Not recommended.

Church's

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. This is by far one of my favorite chicken spots. Their tenders are usually spot-on, and the mashed potatoes are one of my favorite.

The chicken sandwich isn't that bad, but it isn't what I expected it to be.

It still is pretty good. The breast fillet tastes like a whole breast. The breading could be crispier and the spice comes from a sauce they drizzle over the meat and bun.

To me, the quality of the meat is the most important element in a sandwich like this. And it is good quality, however, it lacks the overall flavor that some of the other competitors have.

The spice tastes like some cheap Tabasco sauce they added on as an afterthought.

Overall, not bad.

Am I going to order it again? Probably not.

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