McDonald’s is advertising and featuring the new Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich pretty heavily right now. Naturally, the Fewd Snobs knew what needed to be done. Off to McDonald’s we go…
You know already that we are fans of McDonald’s. It is cheap. It is good. It is relatively consistent. All the things that fast food should be.
So what is this sandwich, anyway? It seems to be a re-working of the previous crispy chicken sandwiches. Don’t ask us what the previous names were. There have been at least a couple of incarnations, and we aren’t doing the homework needed to tell you. Meh.
It doesn’t matter now anyway, because the Buttermilk version is the only one that still exists.
McDonald’s describes the sandwich as, “A tender, juicy, filet made with 100% chicken breast meat, real buttermilk and no artificial colors. Plus fresh tomato, crisp leaf lettuce and mayonnaise. All atop our delectable artisan roll.”
Denny’s Commentary: Maybe I am just a jaded bastard, but I’d like to break that down a little with my commentary in bold. Food advertising is really horseshit. “A tender, juicy, filet (as opposed to a tough, dry one) made with 100% chicken breast meat (as opposed to pork, because this IS a friggin’ chicken sandwich after all), real buttermilk (as opposed to fake) and no artificial colors (don’t worry millenials, no fake colors!). Plus fresh tomato (as opposed to old tomato), crisp leaf lettuce (as opposed to the soggy, wilted kind) and mayonnaise. All atop our delectable (really?? WTF) artisan (artisan? HA HA. Whatever) roll.” Ugh!
Calm down, Denny! OK, back to it.
We got our test sandwich.
This doesn’t look terrible. Although we don’t really know what to make of the dark specs all over parts of the chicken. It’s not quite burned, but it is dark in spots. Herman says it resembles pan fried chicken.
Note in the pic above that the chicken does not cover the entire bun. Not by a lot. By the one end of the sandwich pictured, there was no chicken left. The one in the pics is Denny’s. By the end, he was eating a lettuce, tomato, and mayo sandwich. And also note, there is LOTS of mayo. LOTS. And it is really glopped on there.
And now, our thoughts individually…
Herman’s Thoughts: Well here we are. Another crispy chicken sandwich. Bravo McDonald’s for keeping a classic on your menu. I have to say that I am a fan of chicken sandwiches more so than I am of burgers. I will usually go for one of these at a fast food joint first. However, there are some issues here
First of all, the breading really isn’t all that crispy in my opinion. If this is supposed to be a “buttermilk” batter, then I would think it would resemble batter you would find on fried chicken. Not the case here. It almost reminded me more of a breadcrumb breading instead. The flavor wasn’t bad though. I thought it had at least some level of seasoning. I’m not quite sure what that seasoning is, but it was there. I certainly don’t taste buttermilk, but I don’t really think you are supposed to. Again, I think McDonald’s goal is to mimic pan fried chicken.
Next we have the toppings. I know I am probably in the minority here, but I really don’t like leaf lettuce on my “premium” sandwiches. Give me iceberg any day. Whatever. Everyone else likes this so I guess I just have to deal with it. The mayo was the same as with Denny’s. Plenty of it, glopped in the middle of the bun. I don’t really mind it that much because I like a lot of mayo. And this seems to be consistent with all of McDonald’s sandwiches.
So, overall we have a mediocre chicken sandwich here I would say. In my opinion, the only real redeeming quality here is that this rendition might be a little cheaper than your average fast food chicken sandwich. My medium combo was $6.33. Don’t quote me, but I am pretty sure Wendy’s is higher than that. That said, I think Wendy’s is probably better, so therefore it costs more. My final question is, would I order it again? I don’t think so. I would much rather get a McChicken or nuggets from McDonald’s. Yeah, I know they are processed and put back together, but for some reason I like the taste better. And it’s a hell of a lot cheaper!
Denny’s Thoughts: First of all, I should say that I am not that big of a chicken sandwich person. I much prefer getting burgers. That said, sometimes I do get a chicken sandwich. I prefer spicy chicken sandwiches, though. If I am going to have plain chicken, I’d rather just go get chicken at KFC. A plain chicken sandwich is not something I usually bother with.
Now that I have gotten that out of the way…This sandwich wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t that good, either. The chicken was burned a little in spots. Or at least, I should say, there are spots that look blackened and I don’t know what they are. It isn’t seasoning, as far as I can tell.
The biggest problem is that the chicken doesn’t fill up the whole bun. I had parts on the side that had NO chicken at all.
As far as the buttermilk aspect of it, to me, I barely tasted buttermilk. There is some kind of distinct flavor with the chicken, but I don’t know that I would have been able to tell it is buttermilk without it being written all over the packaging. Since the big promotion is that it is made with buttermilk, I think the flavor should maybe be more obvious.
The tomato on the sandwich was fine. The lettuce was too much. Leaf lettuce can be just too much. It’s like eating a plant. The bun was fine. I actually liked it. There was WAY too much mayo. But whatever. That one I don’t really care about.
Overall, to me the sandwich was just ok. This is nothing to cross the street over. It was ok. But I was just underwhelmed. It’s a piece of chicken on a bun. Whoopie. I’d just as soon go eat fried chicken at an actual chicken joint. Would I get it again? Probably not. Again, not because it was bad, but just because it wasn’t super fantastic. I’ll just go with a Big Mac. What I would like to see is a spicy version. I would probably get that.
In terms of value, it isn’t bad at all. Denny’s large combo ran $6.79 (plus tax). For a “premium” sandwich, large fries, and a large drink, under 7 bucks is pretty good. As Herman mentioned, his medium meal was $6.33. McDonald’s remains high on value.
Overall though, we were underwhelmed. We love McDonald’s, but this one just didn’t wow us. Again, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t that great. We recommend just sticking with the McChicken.