Written by John, GrubGrade Contributor
The “Home of the Whopper” is also known to offer up some hefty chicken sandwiches as well. While driving by my local BK, I noticed a poster on their window for a new sandwich. Introducing the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich from Burger King.
The Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich is something totally new to me. I didn’t realize that this sandwich was featured on the BK menu some years back. Anyone recall the commercial featuring Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish? Trippy. This sandwich was something I had to try. I have to say, this sandwich is pretty darn good. The sandwich consists of a crispy chicken breast patty, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, lettuce and tomato all inside a corn-dusted bun. The chicken has a nice flaky crust on the outside and is tender and moist on the inside. Had I not been in a car driving, I may have actually taken the chicken out of my sandwich and peeled the crust off just to enjoy it by itself. The ranch sauce was your typical ranch dressing, but what I liked was the amount that was on the sandwich. It was just the right helping of the dressing. It wasn’t too much where it overpowered some of the other ingredients. The ranch was applied in a way that it complimented the meal rather than taking it over.
The cheddar cheese was just ok and a few bites had me thinking of those individually wrapped Kraft singles. Obviously, the lettuce wasn’t much to get excited about but it was nice to have some thick slices of fresh tomato on the sandwich. What I found somewhat disappointing was the lack of flavor coming from the bacon. The bacon was definitely there, but the flavor wasn’t. If the name of the sandwich features bacon in it, you’d think the flavor of the bacon would be more memorable.
While the BK Burger Shots have gotten all the publicity as of late, I’m glad to see something new on the Burger King menu. Chicken sandwiches may be overlooked in favor of the burgers at BK but you should check out the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch. Overall, this was a very good chicken sandwich that I’ll definitely get again. I just hope next time I’ll notice the bacon.
- Pros– Great chicken flavor. Nice crust on the chicken. With the exception of the bacon, all the ingredients go great together.
- Cons– Lack of bacon flavor. A bit messy. If you’re driving and eating, make sure you have plenty of napkins. I consider it a bit pricey at $4.69, but that’s probably because I enjoy the dollar menus!
Grubbing on the Go: 5.00/10
GrubGrade: 8.00/10 (Very Good)
(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)
Nutrition Facts- Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch Sandwich
Calories – 990
Total Fat – 58 grams
Saturated Fat – 17 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 125 milligrams
Sodium – 2190 milligrams
Carbs – 71 grams
Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 47 grams
Written by Heather, GrubGrade Contributor
The Chick-fil-A slogan is “EAT MOR CHIKIN” and that’s exactly what I did. Chick-fil-A is known for their “Classic” Chicken Sandwich and delicious breakfast Chick-n-Mini’s, but they do have healthier options that are pretty tasty too. Introducing the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A.
It seems that Chick-fil-A offers healthier choices than most fast food restaurants. The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich is a good example of one of those offerings. With only 260 calories and 3 grams of fat, you can watch your caloric and fat intake while still enjoying a scrumptious sandwich. The sandwich consists of a grilled boneless chicken breast which is marinated in special seasonings and served on a toasted golden wheat bun. It is complimented by two dill pickle slices (which seem to be a standard at Chick-fil-A), a heap of fresh green leaf lettuce and sliced tomato. It is served with a packet of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce.
The packaging is a styrofoam carton that barely holds the sandwich. Upon opening it, the first thing you notice is the wheat bun. The fresh wheat bun is very lightly toasted and it held the sandwich together well. It had a nice heartier flavor that your ordinary buns don’t have. You also notice the over-abundance of lettuce. Although the lettuce was fresh and crisp, there was so much of it that I had to take half of it off. The two slices of tomato didn’t provide much flavor and didn’t seem quite as fresh. That could be chalked up to the fact that we aren’t really in prime tomato season. The two dill pickles chips are placed on the bottom bun underneath the chicken breast (as is the case with most CFA chicken sandwiches). The pickles are not overpowering, but add a nice touch of flavor to the sandwich. As for the chicken breast, it is very tasty and is a good size, actually hanging over the bun. There isn’t really any grease with this sandwich and it has a very clean, fresh taste to it. The chicken was very moist and could really be eaten without adding any kind of sauce. I’m not a big fan of Honey Roasted BBQ sauce so I chose to eat my sandwich with their special “Chick-fil-A” sauce (which is a Honey Mustard/BBQ sauce that is made for their Chick-n-Strips). Obviously, the sauce made the sandwich a little messier.
Sauces: Just 2 of many Chick-fil-A has to offer
I’m not sure that this would be a good on-the-go sandwich as the condiments tend to slip off as you are eating it. Overall it is a healthy, filling sandwich. Too plain for some? Chick-fil-A also offers a “Chargrilled Chicken Club” that adds cheese and bacon to the mix.
- Pros: Good size chicken breast packed with flavor. Fresh tasty bun. Healthy choice.
- Cons: Chicken breast shaped so that it hangs over the bun. Bun isn’t as “toasty” as I had expected. An over-abundance of lettuce. A little pricey. Not a good selection for grubbing on the go.
Grubbing on the Go: 6.50/10
GrubGrade: 8.50/10 (Very Good)
(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)
Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A
Bite-sized portions seem to be the new thing in the fast food industry. Chick-fil-A has taken this idea into mind with their delicious breakfast item, the Chick-n-Mini’s.
Is America confused? Is bigger really better? That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I mean, just look at the burger industry. Sliders (mini burgers) have become the hot new item. It’s not like there is less food…just smaller sizes and bigger portions. I’m not complaining, bring on the mini sizes but the mini sizes must bring friends. The Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Mini is pretty simple. They take their bite-sized Chick-fil-A chicken nugget and make it into a tiny chicken sandwich. These little treasures come in 3 count or 4 count and can also be ordered in 20 or 40 count platter sized portions. I bought a 40 count platter (see bottom pic) of these Mini’s for some co-workers and they were gone in a flash.
If you think chicken for breakfast is strange, try these out before you dismiss them. Although I do prefer these Mini’s were available all day, I’ll still make the effort to pick them up at breakfast time. They are simple, like a lot of Chick-fil-A menu items are, but they are quality breakfast fast food. These bite-sized beauties are worth getting up early for.
- Pros– Very tasty, quality all-breast chicken. The tiny rolls used to sandwich each Mini is warm, soft and coated with sweet honey butter. Good value.
- Cons– Why only a 3 and 4 count? A 4-count isn’t enough to satisfy a strong hunger. The sweetness of the rolls can be inconsistent at times and that’s a shame. Since the rolls of the Chick-n-Mini’s are lightly coated with honey butter spread, expect to get sticky. Chicken can be a little on the greasy side.
Grubbing on the Go: 7.0/10
GrubGrade: 9.25/10 (Exceptional)
(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)
20-count platter $13.00
40-count platter $24.50
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