Hello! McDonald’s is attempting to put its name with the list of contenders in the “Chicken Wars” by releasing two new crispy chicken sandwiches — a spicy and a regular.
I stumbled on this by researching to see if a new Taco Bell item is in my area. I’m always on the radar, people. Always looking to bring you beautiful humans new content. And I just really love chicken sandwiches.
Getting to the goods: these looked very similar to Chick-fil-A sandwiches. I believe McDonald’s was trying to come at both Popeye’s and Chick-fil-A, the two chicken sandwich kings.
Video below, more words after the video if that’s your vibe. (also there’s an amazing stutter early, I didn’t even comprehend it in real time and now I’m horrified)
The spicy sandwich had the same loadout as Popeye’s — crispy chicken patty, pickles, spicy sauce; while the classic sandwich was the same as Chick-fil-A’s version — crispy chicken and pickles, no sauce.
If you’ve been here before, say it with me: I’m a sauce guy. I love sauce. My fridge is like 80% condiments. So automatically, I’m more drawn to a sandwich with sauce.
We’ll start with the classic, though.
The bun was pretty nice. It wasn’t spectacular, but every now and then you’ll have a really dry or just not good bun, and that wasn’t the case here. Reminded me of a smaller Popeye’s bun, but a little less tasty. The chicken patty wasn’t terribly crispy, it was comparable in texture to Chick-fil-A’s. I would’ve like to see a bit more crunch, because, like I am with sauce — I’m a crunch guy. The actual meat of the chicken was respectable. It wasn’t dry, but, and it’s the same case with the breading, it could’ve used a bit more flavor. I had the classic down as a 6.5.
The spicy sandwich was pretty much the same with some sauce and a bit of heat. I’m not going to repeat everything I just typed, so I’ll say it was probably the ideal heat level to appease the everyday customer. It doesn’t bring an intense heat or anything. I wish the sauce and patty both had more depth of flavor, but this gets the job done. 6.7 on the spicy sandwich.
In conclusion, both sandwiches are viable, but are not at the top of the totem pole.
Thanks for reading, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you soon. Goodbye.