Wendy’s. Oh, Wendy’s. You used to be so good. Then, you screwed it all up. But for whatever reason, we still get an occasional Wendy’s craving. The burgers and fries have been messed up to the point of no return. And eating a meal will require a second mortgage on your house. But one thing is still reliable; the Spicy Chicken Sandwich still rocks.
Wendy’s brought back its Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich. It has been on the menu in the past, and is back for a limited time only.
We were pretty new when this sandwich was out last year, so we didn’t review it. Now that it is back, we figured we would give it a review. Better late than never, no?
The name confuses us right off the bat. “Fresco” essentially means “fresh.” So we have a “Jalapeno fresh spicy chicken.” Maybe we are thick (HO HO!). We figure that Wendy’s is trying to say that the sandwich has fresh jalapeno. We’re scholars!
Wendy’s website describes this creation as, “Fresh-diced jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño bun and our ghost pepper sauce…” So, this stuff takes the place of the mayo, lettuce, and tomato that is on the regular Spicy Chicken.
Another part of Wendy’s site says that the cheese is Colby pepper jack. That stands to reason, since the cheese seems to be two different colors. This description also says it has a “red jalapeno bun.” Why can’t the description be the same everywhere, people! You are making us do research here, Wendy’s!
We’re willing to give Wendy’s the benefit of the doubt here, people, because we love the regular Spicy Chicken. We actually willingly put down our beers for this one. That never happens. Off to Wendy’s we go…
Can’t see real good? Take another look…
You can see the melted pepper jack, the fresh jalapenos, and the ghost pepper sauce dripping out all over. The spicy chicken filet is the standard one. It is a decent size, and we have always been satisfied with it.
The spicy chicken is the same as the regular. If you have never had a Wendy’s Spicy Chicken, the filet is real chicken. It is not chopped and pressed. The chicken must be soaked in a spicy marinade. It is an orange color. The chicken is coated with a spicy breading. A big selling point for us is that the chicken is crispy. That is not the case with all chicken sandwiches (we’re looking at you, Chick-fil-A!).
Since this sandwich is covered in a gooey sauce, some of the crispiness of the chicken is lost. We don’t have a problem with it, though. You can still sense some crispiness.
The chicken was tender and juicy. Good stuff.
The bun has jalapeno, supposedly. Like we showed you, we saw two pieces on a half. It was undetectable. It tastes like a regular bun. And it was pretty ordinary, actually. Meh.
There is some onion on the sandwich. Wendy’s doesn’t have it in the description. Herman could taste it; Denny completely missed it.
The Colby pepper jack cheese is pretty much undetectable. It might as well not even be there. And why?
The thing is covered in the ghost pepper sauce. There is a ton of it. And as such, it is the dominant flavor here. The sauce has a strong, spicy flavor. The heat hits right away, but it does build as well. We each sampled a half of sandwich. By the time we were done testing, our sinuses were getting cleared. Yuck. Gross. But it happens. You get the idea.
That said, we have generally found that ghost peppers are blow your face apart, snot in your food, wreck your intestines spicy. They are high up on the chart, people. This sauce doesn’t have that effect. It’s spicy, but not that spicy. Honestly, we don’t mind. We are getting too old for this shit!
It’s all about the sauce here, people. That is the real point of this sandwich.
Overall, this sandwich isn’t bad. Our biggest complaint is that there is just too much sauce. We agree that this sandwich would be better if there was way less sauce on it. We’re talking half the sauce, people. That would be enough.
We wouldn’t get it again. Both of us would rather just get a regular Spicy Chicken Sandwich. It is a classic, and doesn’t need modification.
The sandwich is $4.99. This is pretty standard today for a premium sandwich. We will leave the value up to you.
If you like a pretty spicy sandwich dripping with sauce, go for it. We’ll stick with the regular. Back to our beer…